: Seban and Angela like each other and are all set to get hitched. Post a few dramatic episodes, their relatives also nod a yes to the alliance. Now, what else can play spoilsport in their equation?
: A ‘love-cum-arranged wedding,’ which is quite common in our part of the world, is a well-suited setting for some dramatics between families involved, thanks to the extremely delicate balance of emotions, egos, expectations and status prevailing in the atmosphere. A bromantic comedy in which booze walks in as ‘touchings’ for every scene, Honey Bee 2’s plot is quite flimsy like its prequel, and banks on the aforementioned theatrics to entertain the audience.
Seban (Asif Ali) and Angela ( Bhavana), who even tried to end their lives in the prequel by drowning when her family opposed their relationship, finally have reasons to cheer. Angela’s family decides to hold a grand wedding of the duo realizing how ‘deep’ their love is. However, their journey to being the ‘happily-ever-after’ couple still has a few more hurdles ahead.
Till the intermission, the film is a laughter riot and unlike many contemporary comedies, it mercifully spares us of the cliché humour and situations we have seen in films, over and again. Sreenath Bhasi, Baburaj and Balu Varghese are in their element, and silly-yet-quality laughs just keep coming. Making fun of our megastars, bringing on some hilarious one liners, peppering dialogues with a handful of forgivable new-gen expletives, the film offers a steady stream of laughter.
Sadly, the post-interval section over-compensates for the witty first half by making the proceedings irritatingly serious, that too by inflating frivolous issues, mixed with an ounce of ego. True, at least 20 per cent of it can be seen in such real-life weddings too but in a comedy film, it should be presented in an engaging fashion, if not thoroughly entertaining, to do justice to the audience and that’s absent here. When you watch certain characters that just can’t make up their mind, you don’t experience any fun but would want to shout at them ‘Get out house!’ The only saving grace of the second half is certain costumes sported by Bhavana, which are extremely gorgeous with a modern take on the traditional attires.
You can probably call the first half of Honey Bee 2 a mass-entertainer and the rest, a wannabe emotional drama sans depth. If planning to give it a try, watch the film for its true show stealers Sreenath Bhasi and team.