An out-and-out dude flick, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 has opened to mixed reviews today.

While the movie is coined as the sequel of the 2011’s sleeper hit, Pyaar Ka Punchnama, the story itself doesn’t actually follows up the life of previous characters; but instead introduces them as three new ‘bechara’ guys stuck with scheming, manipulative women in their lives.

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Directed by Luv Ranjan, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 brings back Kartik Aaryan as Gogo, Nushrat Bharucha as Chiku, Sonalli Sehgall as Supriya, Ishita Raj as Kusum and introduces Sunny Singh as Chauka/Sid and Omkar Kapoor as Thakur.

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The story remains clichéd and misogynistic – just more exaggerated and a tad less hilarious than its prequel.

The men are stereotyped as always-trod-upon poor guys and women are branded as primped up, shopaholics who have nothing better to do than use the men in their lives for money and as drivers to malls and salons.

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The highlight of the movie is yet again a ranting monologue against women by Kartik Aaryan and is definitely more epic this time around.

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Although the story is predictable and some jokes offensive to women, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 still manages to deliver hilarious performances by all actors and some bang on parodies.

It lacks originality but is still a good one time watch. Men are going to love it of course; women might feel a little miffed at their incorrect hackneyed image.

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