Boman Irani Housefull 3
The third instalment of the romantic comedy franchise returns after a rather long gap of four years. After the runaway success of the rib-tickling Housefull (2010) and Housefull 2 (2012) comes Housefull 3 with Boman Irani in a quirky new role – Batook Patel. And like so many amazing avatars pulled off by Irani earlier in blockbusters like 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Bhootnath 2, Happy New Year and Dilwale, this time he comes up with another delightful new look. His “strict father of three daughters” interactions with the three male stars – Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh – are edgy and outright hilarious.
With his myriad expressions and brilliant comic timing, Boman Irani leaves a lasting impression with his offbeat portrayal of Batook Patel. One cannot but help remembering an ad film that Irani did a couple of years ago as the brand ambassador of P Mark Mustard Oil. His expressions in the television ad are classic. When he suggests good old Indian mustard oil to a young housewife, she retorts with a sarcastic “No thank you, Dadaji!” Irani’s miffed reaction to being called ‘Dadaji’ is priceless. A few seconds later, the housewife draws Irani’s attention to her husband – a rotund, physically unfit loser gorging on potato chips. Once again, Irani’s response – expressed purely in non-verbal terms – is utterly delightful.
This is one of the hallmarks of Boman Irani as a character actor – whether it’s a full-length movie or a transient ad film, he gives the role his 100 percent. And it is this 100 percent that one gets to experience once again in the persona of Batook Patel. Remember, the Housefull franchise is all about light-hearted fun and one must watch the movies in this frame-of-mind. So when you go to see Housefull 3, turn off your Logic button, mute your Rational mind and just sit back and enjoy the antics of Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Haydon – and the inimitable Boman Irani.