When the news that Bharat Bhushan would be revisiting, reached us, there was a sudden excitement and anticipation in the atmosphere. After a long wait of almost four years, the sequel to the much loved 'Bheja Fry' is finally here but 'Bheja Fry 2', directed by Sagar Ballary really will manage to fry your bheja (in a totally un-funny sense).
Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak), a nerdy income tax officer, who runs his life by the book (i.e. his father's anecdotes) wins in a reality show. He is about to have the time of his life. As a part of his prize, he gets a chance to go on a cruise with the team of the reality show. The producer of the show, Ranjini (Minissha Lamba), finds this man's simplicity (more like stupidity) extremely attractive and is instantly drawn towards him. He is also instantly in love with her, so much so that he even writes her a love letter. Now, although he is on the cruise for pleasure and not on business, he is still an income tax officer in the eyes of the Biggies on the ship (all the big-time tax defaulter businessmen). Ajit Talwar (KK Menon), who is one of these, realizes that Bharat is a threat to him and his future and decides to get rid of him. All his attempts fail and unfortunately both are left stranded on a lonely island. Throughout their time on the island, they have a love-hate relationship with each other ('don't want to be with you but can't do anything without you' situation). Suresh Menon, Amol Gupte and Minissha Lamba are brought in the picture time and again, to add some flavor to the journey.
It becomes difficult to decide which part is longer and dragged- before the interval or after the interval. The coming together of a strong cast, consisting of Vinay Pathak, Suresh Menon, KK Menon, Minissha Lamba, and Amol Gupte, automatically translates into a lot of hilarious scenes; but this comedy falls flat on the face. The magic, with which Bharat Bhushan managed to charm us last time, is missing. Much to our disappointment, Bharat Bhushan is no longer the nerdy, cute, chubby and funny chap; the radio substitute Vinay Pathak is funny at some points but then it gets so dragged that it just is plain irritating (yet, he is the reason the movie can be endured to some extent). Amol Gupte has done well; he perfectly suits the role of a mad-man. KK Menon is subtle with his comedy and at times even manages to make us laugh. KK Menon and Vinay Pathak's chemistry works well but not as well as that of Pathak and Rajat Kapoor.
A few scenes on the beach really take you back to the good old 'Bheja Fry 1' days but there is no rib-tickling, stomach-aching, rolling on the floor comedy. All in all, right from the actors, to the plot, to the music, everything is extremely disappointing and definitely does not do justice to the laughter riot that was 'Bheja Fry 1'.