A film about flying ought to be soaring. That seems to me, a basic requirement. But debutant director Vibhu Virender Puri’s Hawaizaada is a leaden, lumbering beast that works in fits and starts but never achieves lift off.
You and I know the Wright brothers as the inventors of the first airplane but it is believed that in 1895, eight years before the Wright brothers, an Indian scientist named Shivkar Bapuji Talpade flew the first unmanned aircraft. The aircraft was based on Vedic design and was named Marutsakha. Though facts around this are sketchy, some details have been chronicled by historians of aviation. Vibhu and co-writer Saurabh Bhave take this fascinating footnote and create a fanciful and mostly unconvincing fiction around it.