Review: It was the year 1992 when a rather goodlooking man came to be called as The Khiladi of the Hindi film industry. That man – Akshay Kumar continues to entertain in his varied roles even today, 20 years post the release of the first-ever Khiladi film that also happens to be one of the biggest film franchises today. The only difference is the years that have gotten added to Akshay Kumar’s face, the style aka tashan, however, still remains the same. And boy, does he look hot in traditional Indian attire. I found myself drooling at the effortless fashion in which he carried himself in the film.
The film is pretty simple, nothing complicated about the way any of the members of the cast presented themselves. Akshay Kumar’s Punjabi mannerisms, Asin’s Marathi Mulgi-ism, Mithun Chakraborty’s immense experience and a crazy family to boast of. I believe the idea was to make a film that’ll appeal to everyone who resides in the Indian peninsula, and the makers will be successful too. The song-dance dream sequences, the witty use of everyday dialogues, adds to the likability factor of the film. Especially, someone who’s enjoyed comedies such as Singh is Kinng and Rowdy Rathore in the recent past is bound to enjoy this film as much. A complete Bollywood masala flick that will tickle your funny bone equally.
Himesh Reshammiya once again has composed some good music for this film, and that’s not all, he has also scripted and partly-produced the film. The only glitch comes in the part where he is credited with ‘acting’ in the film too. Let’s face it. If you step into all the boats together, imagine where it will lead you. Need I say more? Asin manages to justify her role once again, although all she had to do here was to look good and alternatively angry. Would like to see her in a more character-oriented film owing to the immense talent she has. And so far, she’s worked with most of the Bollywood biggies – starting with Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan going on to Salman Khan (London Dreams) and now Akshay Kumar (first seen together in Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2). All in all, the film is quite the crowd-puller. Even it’s lazy writing at places, or the uncanny resemblance to other films won’t hinder anyone from enjoying every bit of it. Definitely something to look forward to in the theaters this weekend.
Verdict: Very entertaining. If you enjoyed Singh is Kinng and Rowdy Rathore, this one shouldn’t be given a miss! Khiladi Bhaiyya rocked!
Release date: Dec 7, 2012
Genre: Action, Comedy
Cast & Crew: Akshay Kumar, Himesh Reshammiya, Asin Thottumkal, Mithun Chakraborty
Director: Ashish R Mohan
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Length: 2 hrs 22 mins
Writer: Himesh Reshammiya