– REEMA CHHABDA
Just like Bhool Bhulaiyaa, in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, the setting is once again a haveli, and Manjulika is still haunting it. It’s been 18 years since she was incarcerated in that room with no way out and no one to set her free. There’s the classic fumbling buffoons, lead by Chhote Pandit (Rajpal Yadav) in his iconic outfit, as well as a few newcomers. Then there’s Kartik’s Rooh Babaji act, which conceals a major falsehood about his relationship with Reet (Kiara Advani) and how the two of them wind up meeting Manjulika. Tabu is the one actor who stands out in all of this turmoil and chaos and manages to give the film its much-needed pull.
There are numerous references and throwbacks to the original BB, which starred Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, and Ameesha Patel, among others. However, comparing Kartik to Akshay is pointless because it would detract from the overall enjoyment of the film. The film’s strongest point is its attempt to resurrect the larger-than-life early 2000s films with larger stars and budgets. The film’s screenplay is likewise reminiscent of that era, with a slapstick twist to the punchlines and quips. Another noteworthy element is the visual effects and CGI, which contribute significantly to the film’s overall appearance.
While there are comparisons between Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan starrer, the setup of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is unique. There are few similarities apart from a few known faces and a restricted area inside a fort.
There’s no point where BB2 struggles to maintain your attention. Of course logic and reason have no place in the film, which is centred on superstition and black magic. The scenes showing black magic and witchcraft are scary and brutal.
Anees Bazmee, a master of the genre, uses the correct amount of humour in the proper locations.
Tabu, as always, is an expert in her field. She stands out among the performers. She manages to navigate the difficult terrain that this character has to offer, despite some very cringe-worthy moments and loud language.
Kartik is attractive and appears to be completely at ease. He is in his element, and with each film, he becomes better. He keeps proving that he is here to stay. This film serves as a reminder of how talented he is in comedy and romance, two areas in which he has excelled.
Kiara Advani is stunning and has the opportunity to act in a few scenes. When the chills take centre stage, she’s quickly reduced to a shadow.
The supporting cast excels in their roles, making one question if there’s anything that Sanjay Mishra, Rajpal Yadav, Ashwini Kalsekar, Rajesh Sharma, and Govind Namdeo are not capable of doing. Potlu, played by Samarth Chauhan, is sure to win many hearts.
The soundtrack is one feature of the original that is absent from the new bright version. The tunes are scarcely audible, and Mere Dholna 2.0 pales in comparison to the original. The title track, however, is a firecracker with amazing moves by Kartik Aaryan.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has the ability to entice fans to return to the theatres for mainstream Hindi film. Kartik, Kiara, Tabu brings a pure entertainer and the latest in a long line of Bollywood ‘masala’ films.