March 3, 2024

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“Khichdi 2: A Rollercoaster of Laughter with a Dash of Over-the-Top Madness”

In this uproarious sequel, the Parekh family embarks on a covert mission to Paanthukistan, tasked with rescuing an Indian nuclear scientist from the clutches of a tyrannical king. Directed by Aatish Kapadia, the film encapsulates the signature chaos of the popular franchise, delivering a mix of rib-tickling humor and scatterbrained characters.

In this uproarious sequel, the Parekh family embarks on a covert mission to Paanthukistan, tasked with rescuing an Indian nuclear scientist from the clutches of a tyrannical king. Directed by Aatish Kapadia, the film encapsulates the signature chaos of the popular franchise, delivering a mix of rib-tickling humor and scatterbrained characters.

The movie thrives on the well-established dynamics of the Parekh family, with Praful and Hansa’s absurd interpretations of English, Himanshu’s foolishness, and the ever-entertaining Babuji and Jayshree. As a standalone film, it successfully elicits laughter through its quirky characters and slapstick comedy, staying true to the essence of the series.

However, the narrative takes a turn for the extravagant as the family reaches Paanthukistan. Unimaginative citizen names and exaggerated situations contribute to an over-the-top atmosphere, occasionally diluting the comedic charm. Post-interval, the story becomes more bizarre, and the humor loses some of its initial brilliance.

The film’s strength lies in its stellar cast, with Supriya Pathak, Anang Desai, Vandana Pathak, and JD Majethia delivering impeccable comic timing. Rajeev Mehta shines in the role of Praful’s doppelganger emperor, adding an extra layer of hilarity. Kirti Kulhari’s track, though limited, contributes more to the length than the plot.

While attempts to scale up the movie are evident, the story and screenplay struggle to fully support this effort. Chirantan Bhatt’s music, while not a standout, complements the narrative. The film may lose some steam in the latter half, but the performances and nonsensical capers ensure frequent bursts of laughter, making it a treat for fans of the franchise.