Housefull 3 (2016): Movie Review
“I am a joking” declares Chunky Pandey reprising his role of Aakhri Pasta from the previous two films of this successful franchise Housefull 3. Though its director duo Sajid – Farhad replacing Sajid Khan, nothing much has changed in the franchise’ format or execution. Housefull 3 is also replete with non stop whatsapp jokes and crazy one liners woven in to a wafer thin plot. Thankfully, quite a few of the gags evoke the desired laughter.
Batuk Patel (Boman Irani) is a Gujju tycoon settled in London with his three daughters named after a flop Manmohan Desai movie. His astrologer (Pasta) predicts Batuk’s death if his daughters get married to their normal boyfriends. Enter the handicap trio as suitors. Sandy (Akshay Kumar) pretends to be a paraplegic. By the way, he also has a ‘Anniyan’ (2005) style split personality called Sundi. Teddy (Riteish Deshmukh) fakes blindness while Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan) turns mute. Batuk ain’t convinced and so he decides to test his would-be son in laws….
The film opens to a sluggish start with considerable time expended to introduce each male lead. Like Sandy who is a foot ball player reactive to the word “Indian” or Bunty who raps to “maa behen” lyrics. The comic gags gain momentum after first half hour and from there on, the movie doesn’t give you any time to think or search logic. David Dhawan and Govinda’s collaborative comedies in the 90’s – ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ (1992), ‘Aankhen’ (1993), ‘Coolie No. 1’ (1995), ‘Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’ (1998) belonged to the same category and while they were critically panned, managed to rake in the box office moolah. I suspect this one will go that way as well…
Of the cast, Akshay Kumar is first rate and his comic timing is just perfect. Note his “Sundi” avatar with Jacqueline Fernandez. Riteish Deshmukh, Bollywood‘s go to guy for such supporting comic roles, doesn’t disappoint either. Abhishek Bachchan – the new addition to the wolf pack – does equally well as the rapper who has to play mute. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the three female leads (Jacqueline, Nargis and Lisa) who are reduced to decorative props and worse, seem happy to be so. Boman Irani hams and Jackie Shroff appears lost.
While Sajid – Farhad’s screenplay offers nothing new, some of their dialogues bring the house down. A lot of personal references are also added to good effect. I liked Abhishek’s moment with his real life wifey and Riteish commenting on Salman’s wax model at Madame Tussauds.
So is Housefull 3 worth recommending?
Frankly doston, I had gone in with three minimum expectations – that it would be a mindless comedy which would generate a few laughs, Akshay Kumar would shine and I would have a good time with my family. The film met all of these three expectations. So 3 stars it is for Housefull 3…