Alright – so the critics have given their verdict on Housefull 3 and, as may be expected, they aren’t too delighted. After all, let’s admit that it’s not artsy enough for critics to be writing great things about it. Nevertheless, the Times of India has given it 3 stars (out of five) and IMDb has been quite generous with a rating of 6.7/10. Truth be told, many audience members have come out of the movie theatre admitting that it’s fun – mindless fun perhaps, but nevertheless a whole lot of fun.
Some members of the audience may not have liked all those politically incorrect jokes about disabled and coloured people, but they are unanimous in their appreciation of Boman Irani in yet another memorable role. Hindi movie buffs of all age groups will agree that Boman Irani is unforgettable in roles like Professor Viru Sahastrabudhe (Virus) in 3 Idiots; Lucky Singh in Lage Raho Munna Bhai; and Kishen Khurana in Khosla Ka Ghosla. In Housefull 3, he reprises the role of Gujarati billionaire Batook Patel, once again reinforcing his undisputed position as a formidable character actor.
It is Boman Irani’s stellar abilities as a character actor that led P Mark Mustard Oil to choose him as a Brand Ambassador. The brand did not wish to have a stereotypical female brand ambassador playing the predictable role of a caring mother, a loving housewife and a superefficient homemaker – all rolled into one. Instead, the brand chose Boman Irani for his ability to communicate the brand’s key proposition with power, confidence and a touch of solid credibility. Also, Boman Irani’s innate appeal and popularity among all age groups cutting across the gender divide went a long way in clinching the decision.
Boman Irani’s significant capabilities as a character actor enable him to slip effortlessly into the role of Batook Patel – a self-made Indian shipping tycoon perfectly at home in London. Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri and Lisa Haydon may indeed be the stars of Housefull 3 – but it’s Boman Irani who walks away with the acting honours for his portrayal of Batook Patel.
In case you still haven’t seen the movie and if you’re undecided and if you are the kind of person who enjoys humour that is offbeat, in-your-face and politically incorrect in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way, you shouldn’t miss it. And in particular, you shouldn’t miss Boman Irani!