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No Way Close to The Previous 2 Parts!
Jun 04, 2016 10:00 AM 4907 Views





Housefull has been one of the most successful franchises of Bollywood. Part 1 was funny and part 2 was equally hilarious. And both films rocked at the box office. Hence, there were high expectations from Housefull 3 despite not so great trailers. Sadly, Housefull 3 failed to reach to the level of its predecessors, forget going past them. The incoherent direction and lackluster jokes at places is to blame.

The story of the movie: Batook Patel(Boman Irani) is a multi-millionaire in UK and he has three daughters – Ganga(Jacqueline Fernandez), Jamuna(Lisa Haydon) and Saraswati(Nargis Fakhri). Batook doesn’t want them to get married for a crucial reason. The daughters have assured him that they will never fall in love and will always remain ‘sanskaari’. However, they are anything but sanskaari and what’s more, Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati each have a boyfriend too – Sandy(Akshay Kumar), Teddy(Riteish Deshmukh) and Bunty(Abhishek Bachchan) respectively. The daughters tell Batook about their plans to marry their respective boyfriends. But circumstances compel Sandy to act crippled, Teddy to act blind and Bunty to pretend mute in front of Batook. However, that’s not all. The ‘house’ gets more ‘full’ as Urja Nagre(Jackie Shroff) enters the scene and adds to the madness.

Housefull 3 begins with what could have been an interesting action sequence but it ends up being mediocre. The entry of the daughters is strictly okay and the use of the song ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’(rights brought at an exorbitant rate) doesn’t really add much. Even the entry scene of the guys isn’t that funny. Still, all this doesn’t really disappoint the viewers. After all, even Housefull part 1 didn’t have a great beginning but later, went on a high. The fun really starts when the guys meet Batook for the first time and from here, the film starts raising laughs. The chemistry between the guys is not that great but nevertheless it has its moments. The intermission point is interesting as the unexpected happens. The second half is just decent and not really great. Only one scene brings the house down – when Sandy turns into the violent Sundi, faces Teddy and Bunty and all hell breaks loose. The confusion multiples as Urja Nagre comes into the scene but there aren’t many scenes that depict the confusion. Hence, the impact is limited. The church scene is supposed to be very crucial but it’s very unconvincing. The climax is funny at places but it’s something we have seen before zillions of times and in a much better way.

Performance wise, Akshay Kumar is the best of the lot. His comic timing as we all know is impeccable and he maintains that with Housefull 3. The scenes where he turns into Sundi is hilarious – especially the way he walks and his expressions! Also, the scenes where he gets on the floors and pretends to crawl is quite funny! Riteish Deshmukh doesn’t reach to the level of Akshay but he has his moments nevertheless. Abhishek Bachchan is decent but the least funny of all the heroes. His abusive rap is funny though. The actor is immensely talented and I can’t wait for the day when he’ll do a Bol Bachchan or a Guru or a Yuva once again. From the heroines, Jacqueline Fernandez gets slightly more screen presence and is quite good. Lisa Haydon is fair while Nargis Fakhri is just okay. Boman Irani is funny, but only at places. Jackie Shroff looks quite dashing and leaves a huge mark. Nikitin Dheer(Rohan), Samir Kochhar(Rishi) and Arav Choudhary(Rajeev) are nothing great. Chunky Pandey(Aakhri Pasta) is hilarious but it’s nothing compared to what he achieved in the first 2 parts.

Music is good but not something that will be remembered even after a few months. Songs however are well placed and don’t hamper the pace of the film. Pyaar Ki Maa Ki, Taang Utha Ke and Fake Ishq are the best songs. Julius Packiam’s background score is damn good, especially in Jackie Shroff’s scenes. Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography is pleasant. K Subaash’s story has all the ingredients of a madcap entertainer. Sajid-Farhad’s dialogues shockingly are not that great overall. Some dialogues are damn good but some one-liners fail badly. The duo has given some great dialogues in the past and is considered one of the best in the business. And the fact that their dialogues didn’t work overall is quite a shocker. Some dialogues are very good and witty but it’s not consistent. The Genelia-Aishwarya bit is quite funny though! Their screenplay also is not upto the mark but that could have been saved by the direction. But their direction is just okay. Some scenes just couldn’t be properly established. The Fake Ishq song is hilarious but the scenes that lead to that song is unconvincing. Hence, even the impact of the song is affected. Sajid-Farhad showed promise with their directorial debut Entertainment but here, they falter at places. Hope they get back in form with their next because they definitely are talented!

On the whole, Housefull 3 is funny but only in parts. It is nowhere close to the first 2 parts, which were complete laugh riots. The direction is consistent and while some dialogues are damn hilarious, few one liners just don’t raise laughs at all. Akshay Kumar however is hilarious and surely a reason to watch this otherwise average fare. At the box office, the film will have a great weekend but sadly, it’s going to fall soon – its envitable. And I am not-a-joking…

My rating - 2, 5/5!

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