Vibhu Puri’s directorial debut Hawaizaada is an ambitious venture to go deep into the pages of our long-forgotten history. The film attempts to chronicle the life of Indian scholar Shivkar Bapuji Talpade. Laden with extravagant set design, Hawaizaada will impress you visually. But if only visual bravura could save a film…

The film will remind you of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film – The Wind Rises. But unlike Miyazaki’s protagonist, Jiro Horikoshi, who strives incessantly to achieve his dream of designing an airplane, our hero in Hawaizaada is too lovestruck to pursue his goal. We have a hero who bursts into song and dance for every insignificant moment in his life. We have a mad scientist (Mithun Chakraborty) with a fake wig. We have a caricaturish bunch of British police officers. And finally, we have a film that is actually a melodramatic love story in the utterly bad disguise of a biopic. As if Mary Kom wasn’t enough, now we have Hawaizaada. Sigh! We got tricked again.

Though Vibhu Puri’s film suffers from a half-baked plot, credit must be given to Ayushmann Khurrana. Khurrana as Shivkar Talpade gives an impressive performance. However, this is definitely not his best performance. It is fun to watch Mithun Chakraborty as Shastriji. Though the puns were the same old, Mithun Chakaraboty did give an honest performance. Pallavi Sharda looks awkward in most of the scenes. The actor worth applauding is Naman Jain, who plays Talpade’s nephew, Narayan. He is simply superb.

Why should you watch the film?

Can you handle 10 songs in a film? Are you a fan of Bollywood melodrama? If yes, Hawaizaada is the film for you. Also, watch this film only if you are a die-hard fan of Ayushmann Khurrana and his dimples. You won’t be disappointed.

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