The 2007 release Priyadarshan’s psychological thriller ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa” starring Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan was a film way ahead of its time and over the years it went on to gain a cult following among cinephiles. Now, 15 years later, the second installment of the franchise starring Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Tabu is released. And going by the basic human nature, I know how hard it is to watch without drawing comparisons . But, if you want a better experience, go to the cinema without trying to make any comparisons with the first part as the only similarity between the two films is their name.

With a totally fresh star cast and storyline the movie opens with an accidental meeting between Ruhan Randhawa aka Rooh baba and Reet Rathore played by Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani respectively. Ruhan is a wanderer whereas Reet is a medical student in Manali who’s returning back to her hometown Rajasthan where her marriage is fixed. On Ruhaan’s insistence, she misses her bus and attends a music festival which saves them from a fatal accident. 

As Reet calls her family to inform them about her well being, she overhears that her sister and to-be-husband love each other and she decides to fake her death to unite them. Ruhan accompanies Reet to Rajasthan to help her in the mission. There, they take refuge in the haunted haveli where Manjulika’s (played by Tabu) spirit is trapped from the past 18 years and that’s how the story moves forward. 

No doubt Anees Bazmee is a maestro when it comes to the comic genre. He has given us some superhit comedy films like ‘Welcome’, ‘No Entry’ in the past. With ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ the director tried his hands in horror comedy, something which he hasn’t done before and we won’t deny he did manage to succeed to an extent. The film definitely has its moments where you laugh your stomach out and jump on your seat out of fear. But if you’re someone who’s a fan of classic horror films, the horror part in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ would feel like nothing more than a cameo to you.

Kartik Aaryan had some big responsibilities on his shoulders as Rooh Baba and he totally lived up to them. We aren’t unaware of Kartik’s comic timing, right from his debut film he has shown what he’s capable of when it comes to comedy and he truly holds true to that in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ as well. Opposite to him is Kiara Advani, who’s a treat to eyes but sadly her character doesn’t have much scope. The two of them together fail to spark off any chemistry.

If there’s anything that will keep you hooked to your seat till the end apart from the fact that you spent money on tickets, it has to be Tabu’s performance. The actress who’s seen in a double role here gives a super impressive performance as Manjulika and her twin sister Anjulika and it won’t be any wrong if I call her the real hero of the film. You might have come for Kartik Aaryan but you’ll stay for her and I can bet on that!

Standing with them, there’s a supporting cast of talented actors like Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra, Ashwini Kalsekar, Rajesh Sharma among others who did total justice to their roles. The cinematography by Madhu Anand is one of the biggest strengths of the film. It elevates the storytelling and how! The sequel also repackages a few songs from the earlier installment but fails to leave magic like that.

All in all, the first half of the film is highly entertaining and engaging whereas some of the scenes are needlessly stretched in the second half. ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is by no means a larger-than-life kind of film or some sort of masterpiece. 

You can now watch ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ at a Cinema near you!


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