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.)