Movie: Bheja Fry 2

Director: Sagar Ballary

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Kay Kay Menon, Minissha Lamba, Suresh Menon

Jagran rating:  (Average)

Story line: 'Bheja Fry' which hit theatres in 2007 was one of those small budget films that made it big. No one expected it to be a blockbuster. Now, after a hiatus of four years, the original idiot Bharat Bhushan played by Vinay Pathak returns with its sequel ‘Bheja Fry 2’ to vex you with his unusual quirks and whims.

Bhushan an income-tax officer joins a reality show called 'Aao Guess Karein' to fulfill his dream of releasing his own music album. Surprisingly, he wins the competition and receives an offer to go on an opulent cruise where he meets tax evader, business tycoon Ajit Talwar (Kay Kay Menon).

When Ajit hears that an income-tax officer is on board to get him, he suspects Bharat Bhushan to be the one and plans to get rid of him. Ajit assumes Bharat to be the income-tax officer who is following him but it is actually M T Shekharan (Suresh Menon), a colleague of Bharat Bhushan, who has boarded the cruise with the intention of tracking Ajit Talwar.

After an unexpected turn of events, finally Ajit lands up in a deserted island with Bharat Bhushan, who is at his usual annoying best. He has a song for each and every occasion. Their adventure on the island forms the rest of the story.

In between all these chaotic events Bharat Bhushan manages to find a potential love interest in Rajini (Minisha Lamba). She is the executive producer of the game show.

Thumbs up: Albeit this time Vinay Pathak and Kay Kay Menon fails to recreate the magic of ‘Bheja Fry’, they are really a treat to watch. Kudos to Vinay Pathak who plays the role of an original idiot. Parixit Warrier’s cinematography is nice. Song 'Ishq Da Keeda' sung by Ishq Bector has already clicked well with the audience.

Thumbs down: Sagar Ballary fails to recreate the magic of Bheja Fry .The screenplay, penned jointly by Sharad Kataria and Sagar Ballary, looks like a futile effort to assemble scenes meant to tickle the funny bone. Unfortunately, the scenes hardly evoke laughter. Especially the post-interval portion is quite scattered and dragging. Story line is also predictable.

Apart from Vinay and Kay Kay, hardly any other actor gets to showcase his talent on the silver screen. Minissha Lamba has nothing much to do and ends up just being an eye-candy. Talented actors like Amol Gupte (director of ‘Stanley Ka Dabba) in the role of an eccentric photographer and Suresh Menon is underutilized.

If you have watched ‘Bheja Fry’ and loved Vinay Pathak, you might want to watch Bheja Fry 2 as well. But you are bound to get disappointed. Vinay Pathak’s mannerisms and the portrayal of an ‘original idiot’ might make you open your mouth for a chuckle but cannot evoke ‘hahahhahaha’ kind of laughter. All in all, it would be better not to fry your ‘bhejas’ for this comic sequel.  

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