Verdict: A funny watch for the weekend.
It has been a bit of a pattern with the Housefull franchise that the critics have not given the movies much appreciation, but the audiences seem to have loved them both. It won’t be surprising if Housefull 3 also gets a similar reception. You’d expect the film to be good (by good we mean funny) because of Akshay Kumar, but there are surprises and though the Akshay Kumar game is strong, there is more to watch out for in Housefull 3.
Batuk Patel (Boman Irani) is a very wealthy businessman in London, who is a father to three pretty daughters – Ganga aka Gracy (Jacqueline Fernandez), Jamna aka Jenny (Lisa Haydon), and Saraswati aka Sarah (Nargis Fakhri). The doting father announces that he does not want to marry his girls off because the marriages in Patel family have either ended quickly or ended up in someone’s death. Turns out Gracy, Jenny and Sarah have fallen in love with Sandy (Akshay Kumar), Teddy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan) respectively. Sandy is a talented footballer but is never on the team because he is ridiculed for being an Indian. So much so that the word “Indian” brings out his split personality – Soundhi (yep, you cannot make these things up). Teddy’s ambition is to be a successful racer while Bunty (Ref: Bunty Aur Bubbly, just in case you missed it) is an upcoming rapper. The girls are adamant that they want to marry these men and the helpless Batuk hires Aakhri Pasta (Chunkey Pandey) to pose as an astrologer and make fake bhavishyavaanis of Batuk’s death after meeting each groom-to-be. The girls quickly find loopholes in the bhavishyavaani and the result is Sandy in a wheelchair, a blind Teddy and a mute Bunty. The fun begins now.
You see, Batuk is hiding a secret. He used to be the man Friday to the Mumbai ex-don Urja Naagre (Jackie “the Bhidu” Shroff). Urja Naagre is back after serving his sentence and you can sense that things are about to get confusing and/or funny. The climax is funny, quick and painless – a unique thing for any comedy movie these days.
The story, the screenplay, the songs, and the performances of the female leads and Abhishek Bachchan are strictly mediocre. The continuity is jarring, the film gets too loud at times, sounds insensitive in parts and is unnecessarily convoluted. Having said that, the film has managed to get the comedy part right, which is easily the most important part of a film like Housefull 3. Surprisingly, the familiar-sounding background score is very catchy and bang on. Akshay Kumar’s comic timing is legendary and he never fails to dazzle. Boman Irani is super impressive as always and Riteish holds the fort just fine. But the surprise package of the film is Jaggu Dada. He doesn’t enjoy too much screen space but the guy’s innate swagger will make you love him and his gangsta ways. Besides, haters gonna hate!
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The tongue-in-cheek, slapstick comedy gets the job done – it ensures ample laughs. Watch it for Akshay Kumar, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff and Riteish Deshmukh. The film is a family entertainer and is a good choice for a one-time watch. Catch this one over the weekend and chill, we recommend.