Many Bollywood fans are over the Housefull franchise and I can’t say I blame them, but I was provided with good laughter. When I saw the trailer for Housefull 3 last year, I laughed throughout but had no plans to pay to see it because it looked brainless. I finally got around to watching it over my relaxing weekend and I must say that I like it, though I have no regrets of not paying to watch it on the big screen.
STORYLINE: A father doesn’t want his three daughters to get married. Now, it’s up to three men to try to and convince the father that they’re a good fit for his daughters.
In this installment, the father does not want his three daughters to get married because of all the bad luck his family seems to have concerning marriage, but something sinister lies beneath his deceit. However, the girls already have boyfriends who are attracted to their wealth and are willing to scheme to get to their money. They manage to fall in love by the end of the film, though.
There’s Teddy (Riteish Deshmukh) who wants to be a racer. Bunty (Abhishek Bachchan) is a wannabe hardcore rapper. One of the coolest shots was shown when Bunty went to Madame Tussauds to take blessings from Amitabh Bachchan and Tom Cruise was looking on with an approving smile at the father and son moment.
Of course, it was just their wax likeness. In most of his films, Abi tends to use his real life dad (yes, Amitabh) as his character’s role model. It used to be sweet, but now it’s getting kind of old. And that Tom Cruise wax figure is horrible. The only thing going for it is the dazzling smile. As a matter of fact, all the wax figures are horrible.
And then there’s Sandy (Akshay Kumar), who wants to own his own football club. Sandy suffers from split personality disorder and whenever he hears the word “Indian” his other form Sundi emerges. It was really funny to watch and I think Sundi needs his own show already. I’ll pay to watch that on the big screen. How come no one in Bollywood has thought about that? Akshay is comedy gold!
The girls finally confront their father about their ‘secret’ boyfriends, but Patel Batook (Boman Irani) is just full of excuses as to why his daughters shouldn’t get married. He goes to his friend Aakhri Pasta (Chunky Panday) for help. Pasta is always trying to build businesses, but he’s never successful. In this film, he owns an Italian restaurant. (His Italian accent is a wonderful thing!) He disguises himself as the family’s astrologer to trick the girls out of getting married. He tells Ganga (Jacqueline Fernandez) that her boyfriend cannot set foot on the property or their father would die. He tells Jamuna (Lisa Haydon) that if her boyfriend sees her father, he’ll die and to Saraswati (Nargis Fakhri) that if her boyfriend speaks to Batook, he’ll also die.
The girls realize a challenge when they hear one and here’s how they introduce their boyfriends to their father:
Sandy is confined to a wheelchair. He loves Paris and Paramount films only (Haha! So me!) I love his greeting to Batook: ‘We’re lovebirds. But why do you look like angry birds?’
Teddy’s girlfriend introduced him as blind and he goes wild with the delivery:
‘Papa, love is blind. But in this case, the lover is blind, Papa.’
‘My friends call me Justice because justice is blind.’
‘When I play cards I always play blind.’
The boy went in and I couldn’t stop laughing!
And then we have mute Bunty. He uses signs and sign language to communicate and his hero is… you guessed it, Amitabh Bachchan.
To be honest, I did not pay attention to the girls because when you have Akshay, Riteish, and Abhishek, you don’t pay attention to anyone else. Well, one of the girls reminded me of Angelina Jolie.
Batook puts the boys to the test and they somehow pass all of them, although he tested Bunty the most. Soon, the guys find out about each other’s lies and manipulations but decide to keep quiet about it because they all want to get rich.
“Who says money divides?” Sandy
But then, BOOM! A big secret is exposed: the girls are not Batook’s but a former Don who goes by the name of Urja Nagre (Jackie Shroff) and is serving time in jail after someone (Batook) informed the police about him. He sends his trusted friend, Batook to London with the girls asking him to bring up the girls as Batook’s. Batook was responsible for making sure that the girls got married to nice boys and wealth were to be distributed to them and their husbands. Nagre didn’t want the girls to know that he was their biological dad, bu greedy Batook had other plans. He had to make sure that the girls get married to his three scoundrel sons (at the beginning of the film, they were stealing jewels) so the wealth can stay close to him.
Talk about an awesome plot twist although this Don storyline was similar to Riteish’s character in Housefull 2. What Batook doesn’t bank on is Nagre’s early release from jail and he’s on his way to London to see his daughters.
Sundi is back! And he’s going to tell Batook all about the plan to get rich fast. Bunty and Teddy try to stop him, but the three fools end up confessing to Batook’s lifelike statue. Whew! What a lucky break! Sundi danced and moonwalked for nothing!
Sundi’s creepy smile is outright frightening and it’s funny that he’s always trying to kill Sandy.
The boys go out and somehow encounters Nagre, who put two goons in their place for harassing two young women. No one was willing to intervene. They were just standing around waiting to see how things were going to play out. And this is the current generation unfortunately. No one is willing to help, but they’re willing to pull out their phones and upload videos to social media for likes and popularity.
“We should use our hands for cause, not just applause.” Nagre
Batook somehow convinces Nagre that Sandy, Teddy, and Bunty are no good for the girls and that his thieving sons were little angels. Unaware that he is being played, Nagre allows Batook to move his sons into the house under the guise that they’re Nagre’s so Nagre to keep an eye on everyone.
The final showdown takes place in the wax factory with their wax friends as witnesses:
I dislike wax figures a lot so when Abhishek’s character goes to save the falling wax figure of his real life wife, Aishwarya Rai, I had it.
Dude, it’s a wax figure! A stupid wax figure!
But Akshay made the Real Madrid kit look good:
No, that is not a wax figure, but Sandy in the RM kit.
I’ve never seen anything look good in this kit. Cristiano Ronaldo would be proud and I am certain that he’ll like this film.
Anyway, all’s well that ends well.
^ This is the second film starring both Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan since Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (2002).
^ This is the second film to star Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh since Bluffmaster! (2005)
^ Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani and Chunky Pandey are the only actors to have starred in all three Housefull films.
… although I laughed my face off and I thought this was better than the second installment in this franchise, I hope it stops here because it’s clear that the writers are running out of creative juice. The acting was superb from the leading men, but the leading ladies were kind of wooden. The plot twist was amazing, the dialogue well delivered and the film was gorgeously shot in London.
Next movie review might also a Bollywood one.
***All screenshots were taken by my VLC player.