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Housefull 3  : Patented Nonsense Spree
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Friday, June 3, 2016
Sajid, Farhad
Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon, Nargis Fakhri

After Sajid-Farhad’s fizz-less debut as directors in It’s Entertainment, it’s three steps forward for the duo this time. But that’s only if you’re ready to stop looking for sense or super humour.


Living up to the franchise and the title, there’s three of everything. Three rich girls, three dirty criminals, three poor boyfriends. three black housemaids and two daddies. Ganga, Jamuna, Saraswati are three pretty young girls raised in London by shipping magnate Batook Patel played by Boman Irani.


Since the directors are essentially writers, much of the comedy resides in the dialogues which are literal translations from Hindi to English. “Hum bachche nahin bana rahe hai,” says one girl indignantly. She means, “We’re not kidding.” “Chalo, latakte hai” means “Let’s hang out” and “Limbu ki roshni” is limelight. We got the hang of that, right?


Ritiesh Deshmukh who plays one of the boyfriends is given to malaprops which is substituting one word for another. So when he asks his girl, “Will you be my tawaif?” he means wife of course. Akshay Kumar who’s grown up facing racism is amiable Sandy who turns into uncontrollable Sundi when he hears the word “Indian”.  Sandy then has to fight Sundi and it’s quite funny. Third suitor Abhishek Bachchan is a rapper who’s pretty bad at what he does.


Sajid-Farhad slip into the politically incorrect as comedies are wont to when the three young men pretend to have a handicap each in the presence of Boman Irani. But turns out, the father of the girls is actually underworld don Jackie Shroff, fresh out of an Indian jail, and he’s come to see his daughters. Meanwhile, Boman Irani has three sons of his own that he’s lined up for the rich young girls.     


Although the story follows an expected slim route, there are some fun moments especially with the wax statues in the climax. There’s a particularly neat one between Abhishek and Aishwarya’s replica which brings a smile to the face.


What’s Housefull without Aakhri Pasta? Chunky Panday reprises the character for the third time and it’s well done, notably the “I’m a joking” line that he drops towards the climax.


Akshay Kumar has the most difficult role in this ensemble and though I don’t usually like him in these mindless comedies, he does carry off the Sandy-Sundi act with comic ease. Riteish Deshmukh is always at home with humour and his timing continues to be a delight. Jackie Shroff as the don and dad of three daughters is a welcome presence.


So do we recommend Housefull 3? This is strictly for those who like what the franchise is famous for.


For continuing the brand name that unapologetically serves nonsense, Housefull 3 gets a 2.5*rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author


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