Review: There is a huge audience for masala entertainers in our country. Box Office numbers have proved that time and again. But even the ‘whistle and claps’ audience cannot be taken for granted. Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala, in one word, is disappointing. While you expected it to be over-the-top, it is not just that, it is also lengthy, boring and tests your patience with its ‘you have got to be kidding’ dialogues and predictability.  All of this can still be forgiven if the result is even moderately entertaining (like most of Sajid Khan’s films). But unfortunately, Himmatwala even sees talent like Mahesh Manjrekar and Paresh Rawal in rusty lines. None of their perfect comic timing is going to make you laugh like you should be.

This still does not mean that the film won’t be a hit. The hype, the star cast, the long holiday weekend and some few other factors will give it a great opening.  But will it carry through? That depends on what percent of the audience still believe in Maa ka aashirwaad (both Maa Sherawali and your own mother), behen ki ijjaat ko bachchana (from gundaas of course), Tiger ke sath arm wrestling and villain ki beti ko bum pe lath.

With dialogues like “Teri maa meri maa, teri behen meri behen” (this was supposed to be a dead serious line), I don’t know how many metro audiences will enjoy this. Even in an ‘I left my brain at home scenario’ it might be tough to enjoy.

You may or may not have seen the 1983 Himmatwala. Irrespective of that, the laughs are few and far in between to make this OTT 80’s tribute worth its admission price. This is as silly as it can get, story, screenplay and dialogue wise.  

Unfortunately, it has some worthy actors like Ajay Devgn, who seems to have gotten carried away after the Golmaal series. Yes, we got the point, you are great at comedy.  Can’t wait to see Ajay Devgn pick a role that does justice to his spectacular talent. Tamanna on the other hand does her best at looking gorgeous in a leather suit in one scene and a salwar suit in the very next (Bollywood heroes have that power over our heroines. Change of heart cum wardrobe, all in one song.)

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  1. karthik

    March 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    not that much bad movie.its oak audience can watch has predictable dialogue.comedy was nice.songs was superb especially naino mein sapna,taki taki,thank god its friday.for himmatwala my review is

    • Mayank

      April 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Dear Karthik, A person goes to movies spending 100s of rupees on a weekend for some entertainment not for headech,this movie is total headech and waste of money.So I think it is not worth watching.

  2. smit gala

    April 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    People who watch this movie are surely himmatwalas.
    I think Sajid got inspired by the movie that was directed by Akshay Kumar in the movie Tees Maar Khan to make the robbery possible.
    The whole movie is a joke.

  3. omi

    April 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This is ofcourse a nice movie with a good comedy…mahesh Manjrekar & Paresh rawal were fantastic..It seems to me that malvika rao has some fights with sajid khan or she is not worth to be in critics

    • Mayank

      April 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      mr. omi you are either hardcore fan of Sajid Khan or one of the crew of the movie, because this is a horrible movie by any standard, but you are entitled for you opinion. Almost 450 people who paid 200 Rs/- each came out cursing Sajid Khan at the end of movie, I think all of them cannot be wrong.

  4. Mayank

    April 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is the most disappointing movie of Sajid khan. He in his interviews says that he was inspired by the original and this was his dream, I think he made the movie in sleep only and does a horrible job for something he loves!!! I will have to avoid any of his future movies as his creativity is drained now.

  5. prasad

    April 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I think this is worst movie I’ve seen EVER

  6. kaushik goswami

    April 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    are u a real ‘braveheart’? yhen go and watch this movie! its better to spend the same amount in dinning out or lunch, even can think of donating the amojnt of the ticket to PETA, for the real hero is the tiger!
    the way Sajid used to ridicule other directors while being a critic, nowits payback time for him! wishing him a very speedy recovery.

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