Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Review: Is it worth watching?

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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has been hyped a lot because of several reasons, but the funny part is that this hype is not because of its story, direction, and cinematography but the unexpected success it got, which made me a bit confused as a viewer, about supporting this fresh release of Bollywood. There have been weeks of chatter not about the content of the film but the marketing and business around it! But at least from the Hindi film industry perspective, this movie comes as a refreshing change for exhibitors and distributors after “Gangubai Kathiawadi”.

Analysis and movie reviews are always dynamic and independent as it is based on how the audience is reacting and how is it affecting the mass viewership of the movie. As of now, chatters of social media are definitely giving “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” a strong push more than its native marketing gimmicks

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is the sequel to 2007, Akshay Kumar starrer classic Hindi film Bhool Bhulaiyaa which was a remake of the 1993 Malayalam film “Manichitrathazhu”. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is an extension of several of the spooky elements of the first film but essentially in a new storyline and in a new era with all new characters.

The movie starts with an incident where Monjolika and her powers were suppressed by a tantric inside a room that stays locked until Karthik Aryan opens it up.
The plot of the movie goes through a lot of confusion, lies, cover-ups, and naivety caused by Karthik Aryan and Kiara Advani together. Rohan Randhawa played by Karthik Aryan gets embroiled in a comedy of errors covering up for fake death staged by Kiara Advani. Later Rohan realizes that the mysterious elements are not just a myth but absolutely a horrifying truth buried inside the mansion. Rohan outwits his way through mystically horrifying elements and gradually understands the real intentions of the ghost.

So now, let’s talk about the good and bad aspects of the film so that you guys can ultimately decide whether to watch it in theaters or not.
I’m starting with the music because it sounded undeniably ill and naive. To be honest, I don’t want to get into a full comparison mode with the first film because of their different storylines and a different set of characters, still, I feel that even after being a loose extension to the previous movie the background score and songs could have been a lot better, especially when the music score is one of your marketing gimmicks to promote the movie.

As a viewer, I prefer the old music album over the new one which is very disappointing. Especially when it is composed by the same artist, who is Pritam in this case. He miserably failed to deliver a good background score with a nostalgic touch.

I thought that the background score of this film feels pale in comparison to the Akshay Kumar starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa in 2007. However, Karthik tried his best to impress the audience with his dance moves but it isn’t something that will stand the test.

The romantic tracks of the film are also not so impressive. It seems that Arijit Singh was in no mood to ignite the romantic fire with his voice. The song failed to deliver the soulful impact of a romantic track that you may play on the loop.

Somehow, Farhad Samji has shockingly done better as compared to his previous movies. After going through the traumas like “Baaghi 3” and “Bachchan Pandey”, Bhool Bhulaiyaa can surely be said to be one of his best works as a writer which is still unbelievable for me.

However, in some of the comedic scenes, you can feel the presence of his lame writing but let’s ignore that and praise Farhad for not delivering one more trauma to Bollywood.
The story by Farhad Samji, assisted by Aakash Kaushik does guarantee laughs but with a mix of both good and lame humor, rather than a good package. The integration of Sanjay Mishra and Rajpal Yadav in the storyline earns the most hooting and cheering but sometimes you’ll realize that it’s just the bottom-of-the-barrel jokes that give a reflection of amateur writing.
Lines like “Mera Phone Tring Tring Nahi Karta Conjuring Conjuring Karta Hai!” made me cringe and yes it sounds crazy how much of a step up this film is compared to the otherwise crass and cringe comedy that usually is presented by a Farhad Samji written scripts.

I also felt that Karthik and Kiara’s romantic subplot could have been cut down as it would have made the film really crisp and engaging rather than having abrupt breaks for their chemistry to continue.
This movie goes on the mystical route rather than the deep-rooted mental issues that the first film explored. So for the people who are looking for a psychological thriller, it’s a complete deal-breaker.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is simplistic in its approach to delivering a good entertaining fusion of horror and comedy for people who are looking for an entertaining weekend. Bhool Bhoolaiyaa 2, is altogether a good entertainer and a total hit in a miss, in times when Bollywood is going through a tragic tale of misfires !!

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