Anees Bazmee is back with another family entertainer and it is none other than the sequel of the hit movie Bhool Bhulaiyaa. But here’s the thing, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has no connection to its grand prequel and is a completely different story. It does bring in some characters and tunes to hit you with a little nostalgia, but that’s about it. Even the premise and story of Manjulika are completely different, and no, Kartik Aaryan isn’t Akshay Kumar’s sasta version in the movie. Read this Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 review before booking your tickets.
Reet and her checklist of wishes
The story kicks off with some bizarre, uncanny, and creepy rituals to lock the mighty ghost of Manjulika inside a huge haveli. After a lot of tantra mantra and people and things flying into walls, she is locked up for good. Now, the story takes a leap of 18 years and starts in a snowy, touristy spot. Here, Ruhan Randhawa (Kartik Aaryan) and Reet Thakur (Kiara Advani) have a meet-cute which quickly turns into a full-blown song and dance sequence. But in their defence, it was a festival and Reet’s last chance to have some fun before her wedding. Yes, the very open-minded Reet who has fought with her family to finish her degree is called back to get married and she is pretty chill about throwing her degree in the trash.
But soon, a tragedy unfolds that leads everyone to believe that Reet is dead. And she decides to take full advantage of this opportunity. So, she turns into Cupid and tries to get the family to marry her sister and her fiance who are secretly in love. Now, you may ask what role Ruhan has in all this. Well, he is basically Reet’s puppet who pretends to speak to ghosts and gets her family to do everything she asks for. So, the whole Thakur family is convinced that the spirit of Reet is still around and shifts back to the haunted haveli. But soon, with a turn of events, Manjulika is untrapped and is back to wreak havoc on the family. The fun and games quickly turn into a matter of life and death. But the Thakurs are unaware of the actual evil that has befallen them.
From Ruhan to Ruh baba
Now that the whole village believes that Ruhan can speak to spirits, they want to give him an authentic look and makeover. So, he goes from wearing jeans and casual t-shirts to donning a black kurta pajama just for the feels. And by luck, all his lies and stories somehow pan out correctly and make him the star of the village. Ruhan quickly turns into Ruh baba, the mighty power that has the answer to all problems. This makeover will give you a little nostalgia and remind you of Akshay Kumar with the classic background score of the movie.
The spookiness manages to creep you out
Even though the comedy overpowers the horror bit of the movie, it still has enough scenes to get you to turn around. The visuals are very different from the periodic ones that we saw in the first part. From a twisted puzzle scene coming to life to glimpses of black magic, the movie has a fair share of horror to give you jump scares. But don’t sit down to compare it with the first part because it has no comparison.
The comic timing is spot on
From Ruhan’s very relatable jokes to Chhota Pandit’s (Rajpal Yadav) comic timing, Anees Bazmee’s movie hits you in the right spots. And even though you might feel that the characters are repetitive, you’ll still have a good time laughing at the clean comedy. Personally, I believe Chhota Pandit’s character is the best addition to the sequel as he brings the much-needed punch to the storyline. From quoting dialogues like ‘apna time aayega‘ to bringing in references to Bigg Boss, you can count on this character for some genuine laughs.
Tabu is the star of the movie
Even though Kartik Aaryan does get the audience to appreciate his role, Tabu effortlessly steals the show with her flawless acting. There were parts where her bhootiya makeup looked like trash, but her long curly hair and smeared kohl manages to capture your attention. The lady deserves all the praise for holding her ground and smashing her role to perfection. Kiara Advani, on the other hand, pops in here and there and feels more like a prop in the movie.
So, if you’re looking for a family entertainer with a touch of spooky, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is worth a weekend watch with your folks.
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