What does one get from destroying a legacy? Maybe, I should direct the question to some Indian filmmakers who are hellbent on thrashing classic movies in the name of sequels or remakes. Twisting the old plot of a film to create another narration is the new normal.
If I had to provide examples, such movies include Welcome Back, Heropanti 2, and the latest entrant, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, among many others.
For the unversed, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is the second part of the 2007 film by the same name. The first one included Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan in the lead, while the present piece stars Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani.
I hate criticizing movies vigorously, considering how much time goes into making one. But here you go, for the second time in two days (the first was Toscana).
Read on my Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 review to learn how the movie works.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Review Summary
If you are looking for horror, you will find Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 horrendous, and if you are searching for entertainment, you’ll get lameness instead. Not even the charm of Kartik Aaryan and the glamour of Kiara Advani could make Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 a workable affair.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Synopsis
Ruhan (Kartik Aaryan) and Reet (Kiara Advani) meet as strangers on vacation and soon become friends. The chain of extraordinary events leads the two to the latter’s hometown in Rajasthan, where the ghost of Manjulika is waiting to take revenge on her family.
The film is directed by Anees Bazmee and stars Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra, etc., in lead roles.
What Works for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2?
I can confidently say that most of the audience will walk into the theater and love the first thirty minutes of the movie. However, from thereon, you will start having polarizing opinions about it.
Here’s what works for the Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.
Decent First Half
All that is there to love about Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is in its first half. There are decent songs, laughable one-liners, and a touch of novelty. However, once you understand the theme, the film feels like a mess.
Mostly everyone, including Kiara Advani and Kartik Aaryan, is overacting in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. It’s like when a child is trying to apply face powder to look decent but ends up pouncing the whole thing to look funnier. And when everybody at home shares a laugh, the kiddo does it again.
Kartik and Kiara not only act poorly, they repeatedly exaggerate it. Barring some intermittent doses of sensible acting, Kartik Aaryan fails to impress. I can’t find a reason why an actor of his stature would be so grotesque.
He has been brilliant in comedy films thus far. However, the guy was not serious about his role in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (no offense). I have been Kartik’s admirer for his growth in the film industry, and I am sure he will bounce back. But the important thing is for him to not repeat the same mistake again.
Kiara Advani has a minute character to play in the film. I didn’t find her role pivotal. She is forced to act as an object rather than a person. As Reet, she plays hide and seek with her family in the movie.
Ironically, she is also playing hide and seek with prudent performance. In one scene, she looks genuine, but just then, she lands a dose of extreme annoyance.
Maybe, the pre-conceived notion in the Indian Film Industry is that funny characters have to embellish when, in reality, they just need to be true to their art.
That doesn’t mean there’s no silver lining in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Rajpal Yadav, as Chhota Pandit, works effortlessly. He is genuine, raw, and comes with an apt comic timing. Moreover, Sanjay Mishra’s character will also leave you in splits.
The sad part, though, is these two get a limited screen time, and since the lead cast cannot alleviate the laziness, there’s no way for the movie to survive.
I feel bad for Tabu. She is someone who can steer a film single-handedly, but here even two Tabus cannot take Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 to the finish line. She does her best to proclaim the lost ground, but eventually, the drubbing is real.
Some of the songs keep your spirits high, but they arrive in the first half. Had there been an emotionally powerful song in the second half, things would have been better.
What Doesn’t Work for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2?
The funniest part about Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is Tabu’s weird ghost makeup. If you remember, the original film had Vidya Balan playing Manjulika, but she never wore cringey cosmetics. On the other hand, Tabu looks like a child appearing in a fancy-dress competition. At the most, I can approve of her look for Halloween (that’s also me being lenient).
Anees Bazmee has given India many comic films high on value, but he disappoints big time with Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Several scenes could have been handled better in the movie with a detailed approach. However, Bazmee has them rushed under the carpet.
What can you expect from a well-known filmmaker who has previously delivered hits in the horror-comedy genre? I would, at least, be assured of a decent story, if not a marvelous piece of art. But Anees Bazmee and Aakash Kaushik (Writer) have different plans.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has a predictable storyline with indecent behavior. The writing is so poor that bodily jokes and sexist remarks couldn’t cheer an almost houseful cinema hall. I say that because, generally, such puns evoke laughter from mass audiences.
The movie has nothing new to offer on the platter. Cliched jokes, lazy writing, and absurd direction are some critical features of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Besides, you have an ending that feels more like a daily soap than mainstream cinema.
At least, serve me a decent climax, will you? Bazmee says, ‘no, I will twist it to death.’ Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’s climax is its lowest point in terms of storytelling.
It is uninspiring, monotonous, and dreary. As the curtains fell, the lady sitting beside me uttered, ‘was that the end?’ She thought the climax was pending, but no, it was done, ma’am!
The moment the first flashback into the past occurs, you will be able to guess the ending if you are a die-hard movie watcher. Makers of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 wanted to create a plot that audiences would not have thought of, and they do achieve it.
However, the audience didn’t think of it because they expected you to be more mature, but you chose to play as a novice.
Despite the makers trying to infuse feelings through a background story, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 never really enters your heart. I remember watching the climax of the first Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and it had me wanting more, but this one doesn’t even come close.
You have read what my opinions were. I don’t wish to stop you from going to the cinema but please don’t keep your hopes high. If you want to share a laugh just for fun and are okay with spending 200 bucks for it, you can watch Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.
*The following section contains spoilers.*
Frequently Asked Queries (FAQs)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Ending Explained.
In the end of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, we get to see several truths unfolding on the screen. When Reet’s family learns about Anju being the real ghost, everyone is left stunned. Afterward, Manju takes us to a revealing flashback.
She provokes Anjulika by teasing her; thereby, augmenting the latter’s anger. Anju then grabs Manju by her hair and drags her to the third floor. She throws her inside the “possessed” room and captures her before having a conversation with her family.
When Manju screams for help from inside the room, Anju asks her family to leave and says that she will deal with Manju in her own way.
In the end, just before the end credits, we hear Manju’s loud screams. However, it is not shown whether she is alive or dead. It means the makers might begin Bhool Bhulaiyaa 3 from this point onwards (just a wild guess).