What's New: While the earlier two flicks in the franchise were helmed by Sajid Khan, this time Sajid- Farhad have donned the directorial hat and have managed to maintain the tone of the franchise.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: The film opens in London where we see three men and their unsuccessful diamond heist. The story fast forwards to six years later where we are introduced to the rich Gujju shipping magnate, Batuk Patel (Boman Irani) who owns GJS Empire, named after his three daughters, Ganga (Jacqueline Fernandez), Jamuna (Lisa Haydon) and Saraswati (Nargis Fakhri). But daddy dearest is unknown to the fact his daughters ain't so 'sanskari' at all.
At a hen party, the three girls confess to their friend that they have a boyfriend. Ganga is enamoured by her patient, an aspiring footballer Sandy (Akshay Kumar) who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, (Mind you, he becomes his alter ego Sundi on hearing the word 'Indian'). Jamuna is in love with an F1 racer Teddy (Riteish Deshmukh) who always ends up saying the wrong word at the wrong time. Saraswati's beau Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan) is a wannabe rapper who is yet to find that one big break.
When the girls confide to their dad Batuk that they are in love, he comes with a devious plan and roping in Aakhri Pasta (Chunky Pandey) to pose as a saint named Aakhri Astha comes up with the fake prediction of his death.
But the ladies turn out to be smart-witted than him. They make their beaus enter the house with Sandy posing as a crippled, Teddy as blind and Bunty as mute. Will the girls finally win their love? What will happen when the famous Indian don Urja Naagar (Jackie Shroff), who shares a past with the Patel family enters the picture and makes it a 'housefull'?
Performances: Akshay Kumar with his impeccable comic timing steals away the show again. Be it as Sandy or Sundi he promises to give a laughter-riot. I know a few people might crib about why he signed the film in the first place especially after doing some really hard-hitting movies recently (In fact in one of the interviews before the film's release I remember Akshay himself confessing that he knows he will lose all the respect that he had gained after 'Airlift'! This time he just wants people to go in the cinema hall and have some comic relief instead.) Akshay, we loved you in this avatar too..afterall what's life without a few laughs!
Riteish Deshmukh once again proves why comedy is his genre. Since he had been a part of the previous two flicks in the franchise this one was a cakewalk for him. The actor along with Akshay set the house on fire with their silly humorous gags.
The latest addition to the house, Abhishek Bachchan gels well with the team but somehow appears to be a bit subdued. The makers want you to believe that he is all swag, but barring a few scenes, you ain't much impressed. Sorry AB Jr, it's Akshay and Riteish which steal the limelight!
Except for a scene or two, the three leading ladies, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon and Nargis Fakhri have nothing much to do except literally translating English phrases into Hindi. Here, the crass humour and puns might put you off.They pout, strut and add to the glamour quotient.
Boman Irani as Batuk Patel is a spot-on. His Gujarati-laced lines and dialogue delivery make you go ROFL! Chunky Pandey as Aakhri Pasta doesn't get much screen presence but the man still makes his presence felt. Jackie Shroff as Urja Naagar plays along well.
Direction: It's time we recognize slapstick comedy as a genre. Frankly you don't go to watch a film like 'Housefull 3' expecting it to change your prospective towards life or give you some success mantras. Such flicks are best enjoyed when you leave your brains at home. Yes, the humour might not be of your kind but then that doesn't allow you to bash it either. At the end of the day everyone is entitled to their own choices. The Indian audience is quite mature enough to choose what they want to watch.
Jokes from the whatsapp group, facebook memes and racist digs, all find a place in Sajid- Farhad's film. But still I could hear people laughing at those funny gags. (At least the ones sitting around me did!) Yes, over a period of time you might find the humour getting sillier and repetitive. But the no-brainer flick makes sure that you are glued to your seats watching the madness unfold.
On the flip side, I was quite disappointed with the songs. While 'Housefull' and 'Housefull 2' had some hummable and catchy lyrics, the new film fails to match up to that expectations.
Combo-on-offer: Slapstick Humour+ Mindless Entertainment
Verdict: We give 'Housefull 3' CLAPS for Akshay Kumar- Riteish Deshmukh's impeccable comic-timing. Watch it only if over-the-top slapstick comedy is your cup of tea!