The much touted potential blockbuster and the highly awaited third installment to the 'hit' HOUSEFULL franchise gets finally unleashed.
Though Akshay Kumar is game and Abhishek Bachchan raps some giggles in his name, the latest addition helmed by Sajid Farhad (ITS ENTERTAINMENT previous) eludes both Akshay and Abhishek in this middling update.
Neither a disaster nor a fully realized madcap farce, HOUSEFULL 3 survives majorly on Akshay Kumar's bursts of craziness as Sandy/Sundy with a bit of helping hand from Abhishek Bachchan.. rest is on the loose as the director writer duo Sajid Farhad's merger of goofball gags and childish jokes makes you search for a 'thandi wali dava' chill pill..
Lots more like that in this K. Subash story about a London based business tycoon Batook Patel (Boman Irani) who doesn't want his three daughters - Ganga (Jacqueline), Jamuna (Nargis) and Saraswati (Lisa), to get married.
The London beauties however are smitten by these three losers - Sandy (Akshay), Bunty (Abhishek) and Teddy (Riteish) who fall for these ladies for 'paisa' first followed by 'pyaar' in a couple of genuinely funny but rest a 'bheja boil' of events where Sandy, Bunty, and Teddy turn lame, blind and mute turn by turn while the ladies are constantly dumb right from the first reel.
The story has the deja vu of its previous installments but fails to add any novelty.. ditto for Sajid Farhad dialouge writing which is obsessed with its juveline approch we saw in its directorial debut (ITS ENTERTAINMENT) and BOL BACHCHAN ( the translation of Hindi proverbs in English) here its English getting translated into Hindi that lacks the required humour. the last installment fails to stand up to the challenge in tickling the audiences' funny bones as its predecessor did.
Yeah... its escapism, buffoonery and finding 'realisms in such genre is like making fun of yourself but HOUSEFULL 3 is drawn out and makes you wonder to whom is this juvenile revival targeted..
As said earlier, Akshay Kumar nails it, Abhishek Bachchan is decent and Riteish is in his comfort zone.
The ladies - Jacqueline, Nargis and Lisa either shake their booty in the peppy 'Pyar Ki Maa Ki'
and 'Taang Uthake'
or get into this weird competition of translating English proverbs in Hindi like bandook ke bete
(son of a gun), aankh ke seb
(apple of eye).
Boman and Chunky Pandey (Aakhri Pasta) didn't amuse much.
All said and done, HOUSEFULL 3 may still find patronage among Akshay Kumar's die-hard fans and those who can laugh at anything. Leaving the rest to pray that this may be the 'Aakhri Pasta' (the last installment) of this no brainer that was once upon a time an entertainer...