F3: Fun and Frustration is a 2022 Indian Telugu-language comedy film written and directed by Anil Ravipudi. A standalone sequel to F2 (2019), it is the second in Fun and Frustration series by Sri Venkateswara Creations. The film stars Venkatesh, Varun Tej, Tamannaah, and Mehreen Pirzada reprising their roles from F2 and features music composed by Devi Sri Prasad.

F3: Fun and Frustration
F3 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnil Ravipudi
Written byAnil Ravipudi
Produced bySirish
Starring
CinematographySai Sri Ram
Edited byTammiraju
Music byDevi Sri Prasad
Production
company
Distributed bySri Venkateswara Creations
Release date
  • 27 May 2022 (2022-05-27)
Running time
148 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget₹70 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₹134 crore[3]

Dil Raju announced F2's sequel F3 following its success in February 2019. Principal photography of the film began in December 2020 and completed in January 2022. The film was shot extensively in Hyderabad. The production and release of F3 were delayed multiple times by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released theatrically on 27 May 2022 to generally positive reviews and became a commercial success.

PlotEdit

Venky, who works as an agent at a RTO in Hyderabad, struggles to meet his ends and suffers from night blindness, but hides his disability from everyone. His friend Varun Yadav, an orphan, stutter plans various schemes to make money, but to no avail. Venky, along with his friend, loses a lot of their money after investing in Harika's family restaurant.

In a search for money, Varun mistakes Honey (Harika's sister) for a rich woman and plans to marry her. Venky agrees to fund Varun's plan, failing to recognize Honey due to his disability. Venky and Varun take a huge amount of loan from Pala Baby, a local landlord by pledging their property. After spending lakhs of rupees by giving expensive gifts and cash to Honey, they realize their mistake while Harika's family loses all their money in shares.

Pala Baby, who worships women, drops his plans to waive off the loan after realizing the guile methods of Harika's family. They all reach the police station to settle their issue, where CI Nagaraju, an honest policeman who is on the brink of losing his job, hatches a plan to raid commissioner Dileep Chandra's house with them to steal the illegally acquired cash and diamonds. Nagaraju's kids are always being addicted to mobile

They successfully execute their plan and hide the valuables in the boot of a scrap car. While doing so, they also rescue a kidnapped girl. The following morning, they confess their robbery to Dileep out of fear. However, the car goes missing and Dileep threatens their life if they fail to return the stolen amount. When Venky, Varun, Harika, and Nagaraju are about to commit suicide, they receive news that billionaire Anand Sharma was looking for his prodigal son. They decide to go to his place and claim themselves as his son to steal his wealth. However, they almost die because of their plans of committing suicide. Thankfully, they get saved by rare occasions.

They all reach his place in Vizianagaram. Venky, Varun, Harika (in a male disguise), and a junior artist hired by Nagaraju present themselves as Anand's son. Unsure of who the right person is, Anand lets everyone stay in his palace. They scheme against each other and utterly fail to impress Anand. All the contenders endure the toughest of the tests given by Anand.

As a final effort, Anand announces that whoever brings his F3 toy factory to profits shall be declared as his heir. Putting their differences aside, all the contenders team up together to create a new kind of toy to achieve profit. They develop a set of interactive toys by merchandising Telugu film characters, namely, Amarendra Baahubali, Gabbar Singh, Ajay Krishna, Veera Raghava, Chitti Babu and Pushparaju.

The sales skyrocket and the factory earns a bumper profit. They together elect Varun and present him to Anand as his rightful heir. However, Anand reveals that his son died by suicide several years ago after earning money by fraudulent means. Since they have rescued his granddaughter, Anand allowed them to prove themselves and offers them the profit that they earned. Venky and Varun realize their mistakes and give up the money.

Later, Anand is kidnapped by his subordinates who demand a ransom of 100 crore (US$13 million). Venky, Varun, and others arrive at the place but they are attacked by the goons. Initially, they try to confuse them but when the plan fails, Venky dresses up as Narappa and Varun as Vakeel Saab, and thrash the goons together. When they are trying to leave, the police arrive and arrest everyone.

Meanwhile, the thief who stole the car reveals to Dileep that he sold all the diamonds at a cheap rate mistaking them for regular gemstones, and later gets elected as an MLA with the support of his buyers, and Dileep, who is ousted out of his job joins him as an assistant.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Following the success of F2: Fun and Frustration (2019), studio owner Dil Raju announced its sequel in February 2019. He added that a third lead actor will be cast for the sequel.[4][5] However, in April 2020, director Ravipudi clarified that there was little space for a third protagonist.[6] In an interview in March 2021, Ravipudi said: "F3 is not a [direct] sequel to F2. It is completely a new story where the leads are seen getting frustrated caused by money."[7]

Cast and crewEdit

Venkatesh, Tej, Prasad, Tamannaah and Pirzada are reprising their roles in the sequel. Devi Sri Prasad, who scored the music for F2, is retained as the music composer.[8] Sunil and Murali Sharma signed to play a key roles in the film.[9][10] In April 2021, it was reported that Anjali was cast in the film, though there is no official communication yet.[11] Rajendra Prasad was also set to return with a different role.[12] Venkatesh plays a night blind while Tej's character would be suffering from stuttering.[10] Sonal Chauhan confirmed that her appearance in the film in October 2021, describing her role as a "surprise".[13] In April 2022, Pooja Hegde was signed on for a special song.[14][15]

FilmingEdit

F3 was formally launched on 6 December 2020.[16] Principal photography of the film began on 26 December 2020 in Hyderabad.[17][18] Varun Tej has joined the production in January 2021.[19][20] Due to COVID-19 pandemic in India, filming was paused from April to June. Filming was planned to be resumed in July 2021 with 10-day long schedule.[21] However, the filming resumed in September 2021.[22] In December 2021, filming took place at Charminar and nearly 85% of the shoot is completed.[23] The talkie portions were wrapped in January 2022 with only a song left to shoot.[24] A special song featuring Hegde was filmed in April 2022 at a specially constructed set at the Annapurna Studios.[25]

MusicEdit

F3
Soundtrack album by
Released3 June 2022 (2022-06-03)
Recorded2021-2022
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length13:56
LanguageTelugu
LabelAditya Music
ProducerDevi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology
Aadavaallu Meeku Joharlu
(2022)
F3
(2022)
Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga
(2022)
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Singles from F3
  1. "Lab Dab Lab Dab Dabboo"
    Released: 7 February 2022
  2. "Woo Aaa Aha Aha"
    Released: 22 April 2022
  3. "Life Ante Itta Vundaala"
    Released: 17 May 2022

The soundtrack and score of the film is composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The audio rights were acquired by Aditya Music. First single "Lab Dab Dabboo" was released in February 2021.[26] The second single "Woo Aaa Aha Aha" was released on 22 April 2022.[27]

On 17 May 2022, the third single track "Life Ante Itta Vundaala" was launched, which had vocals by Geetha Madhuri and Rahul Sipligunj.[28] The song featuring Pooja Hegde received positive response.[29]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Lab Dab Lab Dab Dabboo"BhaskarabhatlaRam Miriyala4:19
2."Woo Aaa Aha Aha"Kasarla ShyamSagar, Sunidhi Chauhan, Lavita Lobo, S.P. Abhishek4:05
3."Life Ante Itta Vundaala"Kasarla ShyamGeetha Madhuri, Rahul Sipligunj4:13
4."Ningi Nela"Kasarla ShyamChinnaponnu1:18
Total length:13:56

ReleaseEdit

TheatricalEdit

F3 was released on 27 May 2022.[30] Earlier, it was scheduled to be released on 27 August 2021,[31] but was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[32] It was later scheduled to release theatrically on 25 February 2022, but was postponed to avoid clash with Bheemla Nayak which released on that date.[33] Its release date was scheduled as 28 April 2022 but it was again delayed and moved to the current date to avoid clash with Acharya.[34]

The film's pre-release theatrical business stood at ₹72 crore, and needs a worldwide gross over ₹130 crore in order to be a profitable venture.[35]

Home mediaEdit

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Zee Telugu while the digital distribution rights were acquired by Sony LIV and Netflix. F3 was made available for streaming from 22 July 2022 on Sony LIV and on Netflix.[36]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

F3 received generally favourable reviews from the critics with praise for the cast and direction.[37][35][38] Writing for Cinema Express, Murali Krishna Ch called F3 a "laugh-riot." Considering it an improvement over its predecessor, Krishna praised Anil Ravipudi's direction and performances, particularly Venkatesh and Tej.[39] Echoing the same, Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu stated: "the comedy franchise, though uneven, elicits ample laughter, and Venkatesh shines."[40] Balakrishna Ganeshan of The News Minute gave the film a rating of 5/5 and wrote "'F3' does not have much of a plot but a series of comedy events keeps the audience engaged".[41]

Neeshitha Nyayapati of The Times of India gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and compared F3 with the Golmaal franchise, terming it: "loud, messy, sometimes funny".[42] Arvind V of Pinkvilla gave the film a rating of 2.5/5 and wrote "Venkatesh's performance is of quality. Quite a few others show conviction, but somehow, most of them don't get to make a stellar presence".[43] In his review for Deccan Herald, Karthik Keramalu,opined it's a "half-hearted comedy" which Ravipudi got partly correct while praising the comic timing of the lead actors.[44]

Firstpost reviewer Sankeertana Varma criticized the film's logic and story, calling it a "laughable attempt at comedy and entertainment."[45] Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 1/5 and wrote "Anil is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with the Venkatesh, Varun Tej starrer. His attempts at comedy lack both sincerity and originality".[46]

Box officeEdit

F3 grossed 23 crore (US$2.9 million) worldwide on its opening day, including 17 crore (US$2.1 million) from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[47] The opening day share of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana together stood at 10.37 crore (US$1.3 million).[37] The film grossed 58.08 crore (US$7.3 million) in its opening weekend.[48] In its first week, the film grossed 80.4 crore (US$10 million), with a distributor's share of 48.17 crore (US$6.0 million).[49] After 17 days of the release, the film's total gross collection stood at 126 crore (US$16 million) worldwide.[50][51]

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