F3 : Fun And Frustration
It is Monday, a start of a fresh week and I have one leftover from the weekend. With that I finished watching the new Telugu film F3 which is streaming on Netflix and SonyLiv. This is a standalone sequel to F2 which I have not watched. So I did not know what was the world of the franchise and its characters. But since it was a standalone sequel, I decided to watch the film. Now, I must admit that I had low expectations from the film especially because I expected another over the top mass masala drama but moreover, this being a comedy many jokes would stand the chance of being lost in translation. So with much skepticism I finished watching F3 on Netflix last night, does it tickle your funny bone, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
F3 follows the story of a group of conmen who enter a house to inherit a truckload of cash by persuading the owner into believing that one of them is the rightful heir of the amount. The story is silly where you don’t really need to apply your brains or analyze things in the screenplay. But the screenplay needed to be entertaining and I was pleasantly surprised. The good news is that the screenplay was entertaining. Standing at a a little above 140 minutes, I felt the screenplay maybe slightly stretched for my liking but the dose of humour made it consistently watchable.
The drama opens with a round of introduction of characters where the humour quotient doesn’t land that well initially. I thought this is again going to be another yawn fest. But to my surprise, I found myself chuckling at a few jokes here and there even though they are silly. So it instantly made me realise that you were signing up for a mindless comedy which is far fetched and even slapstick. So overtly analyzing and finding logics would only mean that the film will not work. So instead, I let go of that notion and boy was I glad!
The humour kicks in through many individual sequences which are just loosely tied together in the screenplay. The good news is that they work individually also they do seem disjointed. You surely cannot criticize the approach of the writers as you very well have signed up for this and you know what is coming your way. But what you could possibly criticize as a reviewer is whether the proceedings are entertaining. And here the entertainment factor remains intact throughout.
The humour ranges from slapstick to physical to weird and silly but if I have to look at it in totality, the drama does work. It reminded me of the typical Priyadarshan comedies from the early 2000s where chaos plays a major part in the drama. This culminates into a final sequence which is hilarious and absolutely genius, giving a meta reference to OTTs. I was laughing hysterically in the sequence. I just hoped the writing was a little more sharper to connect the dots better instead of appearing slightly disjointed. But overall, a silly but a fun filled screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are witty and a lot of fun to witness. The music is not great and the songs deter the flow of the drama. Technically too the film isn’t very impressive but these are minor flaws. Director Anil Ravipudi delivers on what was promised which was 2.5 hours of uninterrupted fun filled entertainment. His direction may not be the best but it works at the end of the day which was very important.
The performances are really good. Sonal Chauhan looks pretty but she is hardly there in the film. Murali Sharma as Anand Prasad is sincere and the only sane character here. Rajendra Prasad as CI Nagaraju is hilarious and he made me chuckle every single time. Vennela Kishore as PAN India level junior artist will tickle your funny bone. Mehreen Pirzada as Honey looks gorgeous and does what was expected from here(in a good way). Tamannaah aa Harika is really good and she manages to put a smile on your face too. Sunil as Katthi Seenu is quite nice. Varun Tej as Varun is first rate, a towering personality who does a good job here. Venkatesh as Venky is outstanding and he really made me laugh right throughout. Do not miss his final act as Narappa which had me in splits.
F3 is a silly comic caper which is good fun to watch. Available on Netflix and SonyLiv.