Housefull 1, 2 or 3: Which was the best in the series?


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.

Housefull 2

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

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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  1. I haven’t watched any of the three housefull. But given a choice I might pick Housefull 2 because of the star cast. I like almost everybody’s acting in the 2nd houseful except one or two.

  2. I had watched all three. I loved first two part more than part 3. I have to say that houseful team is one of the best team that has shown perfect comic timing.and direction of Sajid Khan was really good in part 1.

  3. My favorite is Housefull 3 ..I loved the confusion and the way they managed to get away every time. All of them acted really well.

  4. I enjoy both types of comedies and Houseful 1 2 and 3 were really enjoyable. I can watch these movies again too. The first part will always be best for me.

  5. This is a movie which I watch for fun and timepass. I think I have watched all of them. Good observations you have … I just watched, enjoyed and forgot.

  6. I have watched all three but i would say the first was the best so far. May be the concept was new or the acting of the lead actors. everything was nice.

  7. I really enjoyed watching HF1 as the jokes and the content that tme was new and interesting but going forward as you mentioned, the quality of jokes dipped drastically and the jokes didnt really wanna make you laugh. I am now not a big fan of these series of movie.

  8. House full 2 is my favourite. I watched all three. I didn’t apply mind while watching the series just enjoyed and.laughed. it was a great fun watching this comedy dhamakas.

  9. Housefull series are like leave your brains aside and laugh. I know few jokes makes you cry too but they are fun to watch . Housefull 4 also has it’s own charm of confusion and laughter. Well I like all to just sit back and laugh.

  10. Honestly, I was disappointed after watching the first one and somehow sat through the second one. Passed the third. It’s a brand or comedy that I don’t identify with although it’s hugely popular.

  11. I quite enjoyed Houseful 1 & 2. both these films have great comic timing. However I did not really like Houseful 3 so much. I found Akshay Kumar’s acting little overdone and the story was also not that great.

  12. I’ve watched all the 3 houseful movie. My favourite of them is series 1. Who doesn’t love Akshay Kumar acting. Indeed fantabulos performance by the cast

  13. I didnt watch Housefull 3 but till date Housefull 1 is my favorite. The story was so good and watching Akshay Kumar onscreen is always a treat for eyes.

  14. I found all the Housefull series good but my favourite one has to be Housefull 1. I specially loved the comic timing of Akshay Kumar in all 3 of them.

  15. We all need no-brainer entertainment at times and this movie looks like one of those kind I will check this out in the Z5 entertainment package

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