In Indian cinema, there are two types of genre in comedy; one which is genuinely rib-tickling, and the other which is a masala entertainer filled with puns and confusions. The Housefull movie series falls in the second category, and quite honestly enjoys a large fan base. It has been catering to the needs of movie-goers since 2010.
It features Akshay Kumar in the lead role who is supported by various characters, that keep changing in every franchise. So far, Akshay, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani, and Chunky Pandey have remained constant throughout the series. In Housefull 3 movie, Abhishek Bachchan was one of the supporting heroes, while in Housefull 2, it was John Abraham.
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, this comedy franchise has done some good business all these years. Here’s a quick recap of all the movies under the Housefull banner:
Directed by Sajid Khan in the year 2010, this multi-starrer movie saw Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal and Jiah Khan in the leading roles, whereas Chunky Pandey, Randhir Kapoor, and Malaika Arora Khan were the supporting cast. The plot of the movie revolves around the life of a boy name Aarush (Akshay Kumar) who believes that he is jinxed, he attempts to find true love to get rid of the jinx but instead ends up trapping himself in a series of lies, in order to win over Arjun Rampal, who plays Deepika’s strict brother. Watch Housefull movie online to enjoy the film.
Released in 2012, the second installment of the Housefull franchise, too, was a multi-starrer film which included Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin, Zareen Khan, Shazahn Padamsee, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, Rishi and Randhir Kapoor in significant roles. The plot of the movie revolves around four men who help each other to fool their fathers-in-law, which results in creating a lot of confusion, chaos, and humor. Watch Housefull 2 full movie online on Idea Movies & TV.
Housefull 3 movie released in the year 2016 and it starred Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lisa Haydon, Nargis Fakhri, Jackie Shroff and Chunky Pandey in primary roles. The plot of the film revolves around a father who doesn’t want his three daughters to marry. Throughout the movie, the boyfriends of the daughters try to convince the father that they are perfect life-partners for his daughters while trying to get rid of Urja Nagare (the don), played by Jackie Shroff. Watch Housefull 3 full movie on Idea Movies & TV, to enjoy one of the highest-grossing films of the year.
What worked and didn’t work in all the Housefull movies?
The first Housefull was loved because of a new plot, the multi-starrer star cast formula, and for it being a mass comedy film. Granted that the jokes were mostly PJs and puns, but because it was the first in the series, it fared well with the audience. Aakhri Pasta, played by Chunky Pandey, was an instant hit. The film became a bit too dramatic and serious at some point, thus overlooking the comedy angle.
Housefull 2 movie was better in terms of storyline. The introduction of a fresh star cast also worked very well. However, the performances were quite average and the gags were fewer in number, compared to the first film.
Housefull 3 turned out to be quite predictable, given the kind of jokes which the audience was already exposed to, in the first two films. However, it was the star cast that kept the audience engrossed. The reason why this was not as big a hit as the first two Housefull movies were due to the quality of jokes which dipped drastically, bordering on racism and disabilities. The plot, too, was quite average.
So, which is your favorite in the Housefull movie series? Tell us your views.
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