Inanities to deep-fry your mind

2011-07-04 00:00

SOMETIMES sequels are best left alone when the first movie was such a scintillating act.

Sequels are not always a winning formula for box-office success. Bheja Fry 2 takes us on a cruise that looks at the escapades of Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak), an idiot who continues to deep-fry the minds of his viewers with his foolish and impulsive deeds.

The good-hearted, roly-poly tax inspector Bhushan is back again to fulfill his long-cherished dream of becoming a singer.

To pursue his ambition he enters a game show aiming to win the cash prize with which he plans to make his music album.

Bhushan succeeds in winning the competition, which also gifts him a free stay on a cruise liner.

On the cruise he meets Ajit Talwar (Kay Kay Menon), a sadistic business tycoon who is taking the cruise to escape from the income tax department.

Hot on his heels is another tax inspector in disguise Shekharan (Suresh Menon), who is trying to uncover the identity of this financial fraudster.

The cruise becomes a perfect rendezvous for Bhushan with Ranjini [Minnisha Lamba], a media executive he met on the game show.

Aboard ship, after a string of incidents owing to mistaken identity, Ajit Talwar and Bhushan end up stranded on a deserted island where his foolishness drives Ajit up the wall.

From here on the story is about how they to try find their way off the island — which is followed irksome, exasperating dim-witted scenes.

Pathak tries to revive his dimwitted character, but fails in this film due to a very weak script. Kay Kay Menon and Suresh Menon deliver good performances, while Minnisha Lamba adds oomph. Amol Gupte is totally wasted — this actor has so much potential.

It was a challenge for director Sagar Ballary to make his sequel bigger than the first film, but the film fails to impress because of its weak script.

I would definitely give this film a miss: it offers little by way of entertainment. **

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