“15 saal baad iss darwaze ne phir dastak di hai, iske peeche koi sadharan aatma nahi, kaala jaadu karne wali Manjulika hai.” And so we have the sequel to Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa. This has been one of the very acknowledged horror-comedies of Bollywood. More than being haunted, our horror movies have come to have an element of comedy in it which now seems inseperable. Bhool bhulaiyaa 2 trailer looks just that.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 features Tabu, Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani in the lead roles. In supporting roles, we also get to see our Chota Pandit aka Rajpal Yadav and Sanjay Mishra.
Kartik Aaryan’s entry is designed to establish him as the leading man and the centre of attraction. With a cheeky reference to M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece, The Sixth Sense, Ruhan (Kartik Aaryan), claims that he can see dead people and he has grown up around ghosts.
A few quick cuts and hurried glimpses and one can make it out that the film is big on production designs and boasts of one or multiple romantic songs. As Ruhan and Reet (Kiara Advani) continue to sail smoothly on their love-boat, Manjulika comes knocking. Despite several warnings from Tabu, whose character is a rather sincere one from amongst the lighter ones, Ruhan and Reet don’t shy away from mocking the spirit of Manjulika. Things take a drastic turn and Manjulika takes over Reet.
Kartik Aaryan has his own humour touch and he seems to have brought that in his role. As he takes over to fight the spirit in the Haveli and bring back Reet to normalcy, it’ll be interesting to see how does this installment differ from the original, if it does at all. We hear the classic “Hare Raam” tune from the original and that’s sheer, much welcomed nostalgia. Akshay Kumar’s and Vidya Balan’s film went onto become a cult-classic. And those are big shoes to fill.
Vidya Balan as Manjulika in “Mere Dholna” did leave a mark and has stayed with us through these years. In this second installment, it is Kiara Advani in the role. As sweet and enchanting she is as Reet; we have already been warned in her intro ‘to not be fooled by her sweetness.’ From the trailer, Manjulika fits in the Bollywood’s definition of witches and ghosts.
The trailer has also created the buzz around the role of Tabu in the film. The impression that the film makers have apparently made by casting the national awardee is that she indeed has an important part. Otherwise, it will be disappointing. From the trailer, she is the only one who seems scared and bothered by the spirit in the haveli.
A sequel to a successful film is a lot of responsibility in itself. With this trailer, we cannot resist comparing it to its prequel. But the present star cast is also equally compelling. While the background and the setting of the film seems to be similar, we expect more from the story and the history of the Haveli.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is set to release on 20th May, 2022 in theatres near you.
You can catch the trailer here –