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Himmatwala REVIEW (Page 5)

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They played it safe, didn't show the movie to critics before its reease,they wanted huge collections today,i don't see that happening.

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Himmatwala Review

Rating: 1.5/5 stars (One-and-half-Stars)

Star cast: Ajay DevgnTamannaahParesh Rawal,Mahesh ManjrekarZarina Wahab, Asrani

Director: Sajid Khan

What's Good: The film is exactly as good as its 1983 version

What's Bad: Un-hilarious stupidity and the tediously long narrative leaves you gasping

Loo break: Just stay in the loo. Don't bother coming back!

Watch or Not?: Sajid Khan's Himmatwala is not a remake but a bland spoof devoid of any logic. It is stupid and exhaustingly long. This one is surely a feat, the audiences aren't supposed to swallow down seriously!

 Fashioned exactly on the same story as its 1983 saga, the story is typical of that era.

Wronged mother, Savitri raises her son, Ravi to be strong enough to avenge the brutalities they have faced. Added with a Shakespearean sprinkle of Romeo and Juliet, enemies Ravi and Rekhafall for each other giving the film a love angle.

You must have surely chanced upon Jeetendra and Sridevi's Himmatwala! This is way worse given its 2013 and not 1983.

Himmatwala Review (Himmatwala Movie Stills)

Tamannaah and Ajay Devgn (Himmatwala Movie Stills)

Himmatwala Review: Script Analysis

I don't think anyone except Sajid Khan could have found the script of Himmatwala interesting. Most ordinarily placed, the film is a merely blown up, melodramatically written revenge tale with not an ounce of intelligence in it. Sajid Khan goes a step forward to severe an already botched up over the top, nonsense script! Tailoring it to suit his whims, many crucial characters are unduly omitted while unimpressively few needless ones were added. If this is mainstream Bollywood, many of us would be thankful we weren't sensible enough to understand the 80s' genre of cinema as kids!

In the film, perhaps the most notable moment was Ajay's fight sequence with the tiger that leapt out straight from the sets of Ang Lee's Life of Pi. The script pointlessly wavers without any strong substance weaving out long standing animosities and romance in the most clichd way possible. That precisely is the point, the film works on clichs and if entertainment means that to you, you can have your pick and wallow in the dreadful pool of crass.

Himmatwala Review: Star Performances

Personally, the film made me miss the intense and passionate actor Ajay Devgn was, before mindless comedies got the better of him! He is obviously way more Himmatwala than Jeetendra was and performs his stunts with inexplicable exhibition of power and strength. Often you might chance glimpses of the serious actor he was, but the script with its dim witted dialogues and spoofy gags kills those moments unceremoniously. The film will be a sad cue for Rajinikanth however, because our leading man won against a tiger, fought off enemies with mandir ke ghante and with such ease picks up carts. All that was left for Khan to make Devgn do was climb Mount Everest without oxygen or feet!

Tamannaah is a disappointment. With a tendency of getting lost in a flood of actors, she fails dismally for her dull screen presence. She tried her best to replicate Sridevi's Rekha, with a commendably visible honest effort but that's all for her.

Mahesh Manjrekar almost matches up to Amjad Khan's Sher Singh and that alone is a compliment by itself. He puts his acting and notoriety skills to good use on screen, giving a ridiculous film few worthwhile and enriching moments.

Zarina Wahab is adequate in the role of strong willed Savitri. Her versatility could have been used more, but perhaps Sajid Khan prefers seriousness limited, looming large at places in his films.

It is Paresh Rawal who once again brings on screen sheer brilliance. As Narayan Das, he easily surpasses Kader Khan who played the loyalist in the original flick. With a perfect sense of acting timing, he towers over his co-actors who have meatier roles in the film.

Thank God, Sajid Khan was considerate enough to give us a musical respite. 6 dazzling item beauties of which you'll definitely not miss Sonakshi Sinha. However her gorgeous looks are dampened by the less energetic and dwindling disco track she sleep-dances through!

Himmatwala Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects

While harsh words ain't really my style of expressing, it is the turmoil Sajid Khan unnecessarily puts us through that gives mouth to the imp inside me. Luckily, the director refrains from recreating the original scene by scene, sparing us anymore pathos than the film already is. However, he deserves credit for understanding the 80s' genre of cinema in all its ornate frames and glossy flamboyance, almost alien to most of us bred largely in the nourishing air of intelligent contemporary cinema.

Technically, he has given a more lustrous look to the original Himmatwala, which is good. But still one would wonder if it is worth it, since it is surely no masterpiece and definitely no one really asked for a remake of it!

Composed of a few indecipherable lectures, the film drags on its drudgery for a painful two and half hours. Repetitive dialogues loaded with dim wit, the film could have done with some vital editing. The music is decent with the good ol' Taathaiya bringing alive a fuzzy nostalgic feel with it. The film's cinematography, dialogues and editing all could have used some neat work, yet they aren't the reasons for it to fail.

Alas, it's Sajid, Sajid, Sajid alone!

Himmatwala Review: The Last Word

Himmatwala demands excessive himmat from the audiences to sustain it through all its exasperating buffoonery laced with dim witted stupidity. Walk out of hall and queue up for the refund Sajid Khan promised you. See you there!

Edited by hardyboy09 - 29 March 2013 at 1:23am

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By Taran Adarsh

HIMMATWALA was THE film that gave an impetus to the trend of remaking South Indian films in the 1980s. Post this film, there was a sea of remakes, with Jeetendra, Sridevi, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor and Asrani featuring in almost every remake...

It's easy to remake a successful film, but the responsibility that Sajid Khan carries on his shoulders cannot be assessed in mere words. Right from the masala quotient to Ajay and Tamannah matching steps with Jeetendra and Sridevi, respectively, each and every aspect of the new version will be examined with a magnifying glass. While a section of the industry [as well as moviegoers] opine that trendsetting movies should not be touched [read remade], there also exists a section that feels that the present-day generation would love to watch those films in new avtaars. The debate continues...

The pertinent query is, does Sajid Khan's HIMMATWALA recreate the magic of K. Raghavendra Rao's HIMMATWALA [1983], which itself was a remake of a Telugu film? At the very outset, let me inform you that the two HIMMATWALAs are almost similar, yet dissimilar. While the basic premise remains identical, besides retaining two hugely popular tracks, Sajid has modified certain portions of the film, besides adding a few episodes. What's common between the two versions is the intent to provide entertainment to its target audience -- those who relish masala fares. 

Now let's talk of the new HIMMATWALA. It's all about entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. Right from the styling to death-defying action to fiery dialogue delivered in high decibels, everything that you get to see in HIMMATWALA is reminiscent of the Bollywood of the 1980s. The mother-son drama, the hero-villain conflict, the heroism... even Ajay's introductory sequence is straight out of 1980s. Be forewarned, HIMMATWALA is 1980s cinema packaged in a new wrapping, but even if you have an appetite for the masala movies of yore or are ready to do a time travel to the angry young man of 1980s, chances are you will feel suffocated by the on-screen goings-on that Sajid Khan dishes out in the name of entertainment. 

HIMMATWALA narrates the story of a son [Ajay Devgn], who comes to the village to avenge the injustice meted out to his father [Anil Dhawan], who had been wrongly accused by the Sarpanch [Mahesh Manjrekar] of robbery. 

HIMMATWALA takes you back to the familiar terrain. It's the typical good versus bad saga loaded with every possible ingredient that makes masala films tick. Sajid ensures that those who have watched the earlier HIMMATWALA -- or those who haven't watched it -- get paisa vasool entertainment in those 2.30 hours, but, unfortunately, what unfolds on screen is so routine and monotonous that you fervently hope for some novelty in this adaptation. One doesn't mind massy entertainers, but there has to be a hook to keep the viewer's attention arrested. HIMMATWALA provides that only towards the closing stages of the film, when the mother [Zarina Wahab] gets to know of Ajay's true identity. 

Sajid makes an attempt to pay homage to the cinema of yore, but what he delivers makes you sit motionless for most parts. If a movie fails to invoke wolf whistles or ovation at the right places, you realize something is seriously wrong. The biggest problem is Sajid does nothing, absolutely nothing out of the box or path-breaking in the current scenario to grab your attention, which is why HIMMATWALA fails as a film. The romance lacks fire, the drama is devoid of intensity, even the action is plain ordinary' Frankly, HIMMATWALA has nothing that warrants a repeat viewing. 

While Sajid retains two hugely popular tracks from the original ['Naino Mein Sapna' and 'Taki Taki'], HIMMATWALA has yet another track that's lilting -- 'Bum Pe Laat'. However, 'Thank God It's Friday', at the very start of the film, is plain ordinary, despite the star presence of Sonakshi Sinha. Sajid-Farhad's dialogue have always been mass-friendly and the lines in HIMMATWALA are a riot at times. The masses will love the dialogue delivered by Paresh Rawal specifically. The action sequences are just about okay. We have seen better stuff in several escapist fares recently. 

Ajay slips into the retro avatar effortlessly. Generally known for his intense performances, he plays to the gallery well. He may be awkward in dances, but he makes sure he roars like a lion when he confronts the antagonist. Tamannah faces an uphill task of stepping into Sridevi's shoes and though she looks photogenic, there's no acting talent on display here. Mahesh Manjrekar doesn't evoke terror that one would associate with his character. Paresh Rawal is the real scene stealer, who gets to deliver the best lines. Zarina Wahab shines in the penultimate sequence mainly. Adhyayan Suman is wooden. Rajendra Gupta and Vindu Dara Singh have bit roles. Asrani is wasted. The actress enacting the role of Ajay's sister does well. Riteish Deshmukh appears in a cameo. 

Oh, before I forget, there's a tiger too, who comes across as the real himmatwala in the climax of the film! 

On the whole, HIMMATWALA fails as a film. The only silver lining is the presence of A-list stars and of course, the hype surrounding the film, which might attract footfalls in mass-friendly circuits initially. But as a film that promises big entertainment, HIMMATWALA is hugely disappointing!

Edited by hardyboy09 - 29 March 2013 at 1:28am

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PS: play the song and watch the GIF...its pure perfection...

Edited by pathaka - 29 March 2013 at 1:41am

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#Himmatwala opening not up to the mark, except in some mass-dominated circuits.

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very expected and now its the right time for the people to wake up and give areal lesson to ajay and sajid that crap film should stop right now

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B.O. update: 'Himmatwala' opening below expectations

By Taran Adarsh, March 29, 2013 - 13:11 IST
HIMMATWALA, the much-awaited biggie, was expected to open to a fantabulous response for varied reasons, including Sajid Khan's enviable track record of three back-to-back hits, the hype surrounding the film and of course, its solo release status coinciding with a holiday. But the opening response, except for a few centres, was not up to the mark. The opening was better in some mass-dominated circuits, but not as expected overall.

Touted as yet another Rs 100 cr film, HIMMATWALA will have to collect magical numbers not just in its opening weekend, but also during the course of the week if it has to achieve the target. Let's wait and watch! 

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opening so low oh god

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