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June 18, 2011

Brain drain

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 12:19 am

June 17, 2011

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Kay Kay Menon, Suresh Menon, Amole Gupte, Minnisha Lamba

Director: Sagar Bellary

Bheja Fry 2, directed by Sagar Bellary, is a disappointing and not-so-funny follow-up to the original 2007 comedy that starred Vinay Pathak as a bumbling tax inspector who inadvertently turns the tables on a man intending to make a laughing stock out of him. In the new film, Pathak reprises his role as Bharat Bhushan, but the lovably dimwitted man-child has turned into an annoying oaf this time round.

The action unfolds on a luxury cruise and a marooned island in Bheja Fry 2, and Kay Kay Menon stars as the fraudster businessman whose turn it is to be mentally battered by our eccentric protagonist. Yes, Bharat Bhushan is still a fan of the golden oldies and breaks into an evergreen track at the drop of a hat. But you have little patience for his idiosyncracies now, which have gotten stale.

Joining the cast is Amole Gupte who plays a mad photographer on the island, and Suresh Menon who takes the part of Bhushan’s colleague, an earnest tax inspector investigating Kay Kay Menon. The laughs are fewer, the jokes less funny, and the set-up entirely familiar. Vinay Pathak succeeds in delivering a few moments of genuine comedy, but for the most part good actors like Kay Kay Menon and Amole Gupte are wasted in this lazily-scripted mess.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Bheja Fry 2. The original film, although entirely plagiarized, had a charming innocence to complement its outrageous humor. This one is dead dull, and a total waste of two precious hours.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. it wasnt that bad

    Comment by abc — June 18, 2011 @ 1:28 am

  2. As usual expected from you. It is my humble request and i can even run a signature campaign against you for not reviewing any Indian movie.
    You please apply for an US visa and go there review hollywood movies or get well soon.

    Comment by ANKIT — June 18, 2011 @ 7:31 am

  3. Bhai,

    seriously tell me… Aap ka problem kya hai…?

    It seems you loathe everything and anything done by Indian Cinema. Please come out of this Colonial Mentality.
    Unfortunately, even your reviews are now predictable. 🙁
    It is movie business, entertainment hoga toh janta dekhegi.
    By The Way Ready is still running houseful.

    Comment by Arjun — June 18, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  4. Dear Mr. Ankit,

    If you have any problems with the review, simply close the window and go for shitty movies spending precious Rs. 250 bucks… dont advise people who know better than you, what to do…

    Comment by Shankar Iyer — June 18, 2011 @ 9:47 am

  5. that was expected as first one was ripoff.. second one seems original :p

    Comment by abhay gobade — June 18, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  6. I was planning to watch it with my wife…reading to your review…will think now…probably will watch on television…thanks !

    Comment by JAS — June 18, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

  7. HAHAHAHAHA… Loved ur comment Ankit.. Awesome.. Rajeev shd be sent to USA.. He has not knowledge of hindi movies.. god knows what he expects and what he wants.. lol.. I am desparately waiting for him to direct a movie one day.. 😛

    Comment by Aamir M — June 18, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  8. its true masand u r more harsh towards indian movies.

    Comment by alkaf — June 18, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  9. The original film, although entirely plagiarized, – can you tell from which movie it was stolen from?

    Comment by amit — June 18, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  10. Really, it wasn’t that bad Rajeev. It looks like you have set very high standards for a movie to be to your taste. For instance, you haven’t said why breaking into a song routine isn’t funny any more. I am sorry, it can be funny if done well but you haven’t said whether it has been done well or not. I do hope your reviews improve in their depth and quality.

    Comment by Trinath — June 18, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  11. Dont listen to this nerd..

    Go check out for your own self…
    Masand is in for some propoganda towards Hindi Movies…
    Movie was not at all that bad…

    Comment by Arjun — June 19, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

  12. It was hilarious, but if part 1 was 100% percent then this movies is only 25% of the same.

    Comment by Atul — June 20, 2011 @ 10:25 am

  13. Rajeev you are right,

    O rahi rahi song was good

    Comment by Atul — June 20, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  14. grt job rajeev u r always spot on

    Comment by sameer — June 20, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  15. hello Rajeev,

    i allways find your views are very good and entirely true and fair, i really appreciate you .

    Comment by vikash — June 21, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  16. ridiculous movie..i wish i had read ur review before wasting my time…thx…nice review newaz!!!

    Comment by Ranjan — June 21, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  17. totally Agreed! a waste of money and time!

    Comment by Manish Jain — June 22, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

  18. I agree with Rajeev.

    The movie was a big disappointment. proving once again that Indian film makers don’t have the sensibilities to make a good comedy movie. They still think, making people laugh is not a big deal; which is anything but true.

    In addition, Kay kay Menon may be brilliant actor, but Vinay pathak- Menon duo couldn’t create the chemistry, seen between Pathak and Rajat Kapoor in Bheja fry 1. The absence of Ranveer Shourie was felt as well.

    Over all, as Rajeev said, Bheja Fry 2, didn’t offer a single moment of ROFL.

    The movie was indeed stale.

    Comment by A Bisht — June 22, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  19. In the entire two-and-half hours that I spent in the movie hall to see Bheja Fry, the sole funny moment was the 3-minute trailor of “Double Dhamaal” during the interval. Not a single scene/dialogue in the entire movie can even make you giggle. I couldn’t agree more with Rajeev. Those who haven’t seen the briliant original Bheja Fry won’t be that disappointed, though.

    Comment by Tushar Prabhune — June 23, 2011 @ 10:30 am

  20. @ankit, Arjun, aamir. With all due respect, You guys are missing a very fundamental thing about movie reviews. You should read a lot of reviews and select a reviewer whose reviews match your personal taste. Different people look for different things in a movie, so If you don’t like rajeev’s reviews, why do you bother to come on here?!

    Comment by Nikhil — June 23, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  21. Common this review is so pathteic the movie is good go all watch it… the issue is people have just too many expectations its a normal funny movie so go grab popkorn and enjoy the movie and bharat bhushan ignore rajeev masand review its his personal one…..

    Comment by Satish — June 25, 2011 @ 12:05 am

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