*ing – Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Hayden, Chunky Pandey, Jackie Shroff, Nikitin Dheer, Sameer Kochhar, Arav Chowdharry, Boman Irani.
Produced by – Sajid Nadiadwala and Eros International.
Directed by – Sajid-Farhad
Housefull 3 is the second release of the year for superstar Akshay Kumar. The film, which is a part of the commercially successful ‘Housefull’ franchise, is the biggest release of the year so far. The trailers and dialogue promos have been received with a mixed response, and the same can be said for the songs. However, the promotional campaign has been good, and has managed to create a decent buzz around the film. The fact that Akshay Kumar’s comic timing is considered to be the best in the industry, and that the film also stars Riteish Deshmukh, who has created a name for himself in the same genre, is an added bonus for the film. Also, the film has been directed by Sajid-Farhad, who have written quite a few successful comic capers in the past, including the previous installments in this franchise. Sajid Nadiadwala has now earned a reputation for himself for producing massy entertainers. In short, there are quite a few expectations from this comic caper. So does this film, with its huge starcast, reputed banner and the ‘franchise factor’ behind it manage to entertain the audiences? Let’s findout…..
Housefull 3 mostly keeps itself to the tried and tested formula adopted by its prequels – Mix up a dozen characters together, create chaos and make the comedy a mix of situational and slapstick. This formula worked reasonably well in the prequels. It doesn’t do too badly here ,but it could have been much better.
The main difference between the earlier Housefull’s and this one is that the female leads were required to only play the role of eye candies in the previous films but here, the directors have decided to give them quite a bit of comedy to do. This works entirely against the film, for the lines given to Jacqueline, Nargis and Lisa are absolute pathetic, and leave you with a feeling of numbness .None of these actresses have a flair for comedy, and they clearly struggle. This is one of the major drawbacks of the film, and proves to be a downer for the humour quotient.
The production values are outstanding, and the film has been well shot. As directors, Sajid-Farhad have improved, but they still have a long way to go. The screenplay is inconsistent, and this is largely due to the bad dialogues given to the heroines. The background score is mostly average, though it is hilarious at times. As far as the music is concerned,’Taang Uthaake’ is the most massy number of the film, and is reasonably well choreographed.
The first half is mostly a string of various WhatsApp jokes, while the second half leads to many comical situations due to all the characters coming together. This helps in ensuring that the film is never boring except for the first 10-15 minutes. The climax is extremely fast paced, and is quite funny.
Housefull 3 is an Akshay Kumar show from the word go. Take him out of the film and there is nothing left except for a few gags towards the end. It won’t be wrong to say that he’s the life of the Housefull franchise, and especially this film. He’s supported reasonabley well by Riteish Deshmukh, who comes into his own into the second half of the film. Abhishek Bachchan does the best he can with his role, but the way his role has been written doesn’t let him explore his comic abilities to the fullest. Boman Irani hams it up. He’s got a few good lines, but overall ,the role of Batuk Patel is overdone. The same can be said for Chunky Pandey. He’s good in a scene or two, otherwise his act is now wearing off. Jackie Shroff is stylish and commands a good screen presence. The three antagonists are average. The actresses look great ,and they’re watchable as long as they don’t open their mouth.
Housefull 3 is an average comedy, which could have been much better had the director not given the heroines any comedy to do. The film can be watched by those who liked the first two installments. Also, the film is tailor-made for the masses. A treat for Akshay Kumar fans, the film should be strictly avoided by those pseudo-intellectuals who always hate masala films irrespective of their entertainment value. Also, those who didn’t like the previous installments of ‘Housefull’ can give this one a miss.
2.75 / 5 stars – Must watch for fans of Akshay Kumar ‘s brand of comedy and fans of the ‘Housefull’ franchise.