Khiladi 786 – Movie Review
Posted by Vivek on December 8, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Twinkle Khanna, Himesh Reshammiya, Sunil Lulla
DIRECTOR – Ashish R Mohan
WRITER – Himesh Reshammiya
CAST – Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, Rahul Singh, Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar, Himesh Reshammiya
MUSIC – Himesh Reshammiya
The trend of inane, Dabangg-wannabe movies cannot be simply wished away and so comes Khiladi 786 with a mighty disclaimer of the ‘Khiladi’ being back.
Irrespective of whether that’s good or bad news, the movie certainly tries hard to be the latter. Khiladi Kumar is Bahattar Singh (the number 72 in Hindi) whose father and uncle are duly called Sattar and Ikkhatar Singh (the numbers 70 & 71). A fraud cop by profession, Bahattar Singh is desperate to find a wife but won’t find one given his ways. There comes in Mansukh (Himesh Reshammiya), a Gujarati failed wedding organiser who vows to get Singh a bride because his own reputation is at stake. The search leads him to the Maharashtrian Tendulkar family and Indu (Asin) who incidentally, is in love with Azaad (Rahul Singh). If this much national integration wasn’t enough, then we also have an Afro-American grandmother, a Canadian mother and a Chinese aunt.
Directed by debutante director, Ashish R Mohan, the film has so much silliness that it is a little difficult to decipher the point of it all. There are the usual over-the-top, CG-fied comic fights that Dabangg made so famous done with an easy flair by action-man Kumar, who is also never shy of flashing his perfect 32 smile wide. There are multiple jokes, all in very low-brow taste at the expense of dwarves, women, races and so on. The Afro grandmother comes in handy here as it gives an opportunity to put on funny wigs, side-burns and paint faces black.
For most part, the comedy scrapes the lowest common denominator and manages to pull of a few laughs but more so due to their silliness than genuine humour. Then of course, there is the attendant hamming that passes for comic timing in our loud, comedy movies. There is Raj Babbar at his hammiest best with Asin for company. Mithun Chakraborty is saddled with so much daftness that he can’t help deliver and such is the case with Manoj Joshi and Sanjay Chaudhury who are generally know for displaying some fine talent more often than not. Himesh Reshammiya stands out in among them for not hamming at all and instead, sticking to one glum expression throughout. He is also the music director, singer, story-writer and co-producer and maybe it was the stress of wearing so many err…caps at the same time showing.
Akshay Kumar, for his part, carries the film through with his flair for quick one-liners and generally over-enthusiastic presence. He isn’t completely in the action mode as the title and promotions would have us believe but does bring in his own flavour of action.
Loud, bungling and ridiculous, Khiladi 786 is everything we expect such films to be.