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
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.
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
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.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author