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its not just sajid but ajay who forget anything about his action skills and do crap after crap just for the BO thats why i hope tis film flop like hell

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I Want This 2 be a FLOP Bcoz of Sajid Khan,He is such a Show-off.
If this film flops then It will be a BIG Slap IN his FACE!

He came to dubai and he said 2 one RJ after seeing the movie if the public get to see any critics then they should beat him bcoz the critics always do blah blah(he said something like this)

But i think now the public will go 2 him n beat him.


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Movie review: Himmatwala

(Comedy/ Action)
Saibal Chatterjee
Friday, March 29, 2013
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Movie review: Himmatwala

Cast:Ajay Devgn, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mahesh Manjrekar, Paresh Rawal
Director: Sajid Khan

SPOILERS AHEAD

Director Sajid Khan may lack the courage to take risks but he is a very optimistic man indeed. He believes what worked in 1983 will click in 2013 too. Come to think of it, he might actually be right. Sad!

Having been at the receiving end of the mindless excesses of the loud and laboured comedies that he specializes in, we know exactly what to expect from his latest foray into the terrain of tastelessness – zilch. And that is such a huge advantage for a filmmaker.

If you, in the manner of the director, accept that unalloyed bunkum can be legitimately passed off, and gleefully lapped up, as cinematic entertainment, you might even come away pleased as punch with Himmatwala.

The film lacks punch, but it loses no opportunity to pun on the word and the act.

The braveheart hero, a big-city streetfighter who returns to his village to settle old scores with an evil headman, uses a powerful punch to tame a tiger (no less!) and a host of other adversaries.

To rub it in, the villain's puckish brother-in-law advises the village sarpanch to be wary of a 'sar pe punch' from the vengeful prodigal.

What unfolds in the course of a hollow and hackneyed two-and-a-half-hour clash between good and evil has neither head nor tail.

But Sajid Khan could not care less. He foists a turgid concoction of humour, drama and romance upon the audience without pulling a punch.

His male protagonist declares: "Main pehle hasaata hoon phir roolata hoon (I'll make you laugh before I make you cry)". So don't complain that you weren't warned!

The director strings together several supposedly comic gags to stretch the narrative to snapping point, but often forgets that he also has a story to tell.

One would have described the film as pea-brained and left it at that if only if it had a semblance of a brain.

Himmatwala is a mindless potpourri that brings together the worst ingredients of 1980s Hindi cinema and parlays them into a messy mlange that quivers repeatedly under its own weight.

Being a Sajid Khan film, it also has its share of item numbers that keep pace with the purposeless gags.

In fact, Himmatwala opens with an item number – Sonakshi Sinha sways rather disinterestedly to Thank God, It's Friday – in a nightclub called Funkytown Disco.
And who is the owner of this disco? It's Chunkey Pandey. He tells us that on the last day of every month, his dance floor turns into a bare-knuckles boxing ring.

It's just the kind of site that the himmatwala needs to announce his grand entry. And who is his opponent tonight? It's a man called Zebisco. Rhymes with disco, got it? The stage is set and the sluice-gates are thrown open for an abundance of such inanities.

If nothing else, what Himmatwala certainly has a profusion of is a complete disregard for logic and narrative finesse.

In remaking a revenge drama that barely passed muster as a film but made pots of money, the director has sought to attempt nothing that could tinker with the original's lowbrow reputation.

Make no mistake: the 2013 Himmatwala is as awful as the 1983 Himmatwala. We can only hope against hope that consumers of Hindi cinema of this variety have moved on enough to treat it with the disdain it deserves.

Unfortunately for lovers of cinema and happily for the makers of Himmatwala, we have empirical evidence to suggest that the Sajid Khan brand of filmmaking still could be just as crowd-pleasing as it was 30 years ago.

Himmatwala is Sajid Khan's first film without Akshay Kumar. But in Ajay Devgn, he finds an equally willing ally. So banish all illusions of a better deal.

This isn't of course an exact copy. The director makes freewheeling changes both in terms of characters and situations. But no amount of tweaking can do much to save this piece of tawdry twaddle from being a complete washout.

Himmatwala is painfully overlong, insufferably silly and utterly devoid of any genuine touches of inspiration.

The schoolteacher-father of 1983 gives way to a devout temple priest, but the protagonist and the baddie remain essentially unaltered.

The wronged mother, the slimy munimji, the latter's godawaful son, the hero's lachrymose sister and the villain's daughter keep popping in and out of the drama as the eponymous hero goes about setting things right in the village.

It is still 1983. One character even talks about catching the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer. When another refers to swine flu, he is told that there is no such disease known to mankind. "It'll come in 20-30 years," he quips.

The acting borders on the crude for the most part, with both Mahesh Manjrekar (the sarpanch) and Paresh Rawal (the saala) pulling out all the stops.

Devgn gives Himmatwala his best shot but stepping into the Jumping Jack's boots while strutting around in the garb of a bone-crunching terminator can't be easy.

He is joined in the garish Taaki taaki and Nainon mein sapna routines by Tamannaah Bhatia. Sans the thunder thighs that made Sridevi such a force, she is no patch on the real thing.

Coming back to Sajid Khan, he not only believes in the 'anything goes' philosophy that drives a segment of the Mumbai movie industry, he also dares to go out on a limb to try and pull it off in practice.

To each his own. But you don't really have to subject yourself to this monstrous assault on the senses, even if you are blessed with loads of himmat.

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Watching Himmatwala needs lots of Himmat
By Nikhil Kumar
Rating: 2/5


The ApunKaChoice movie review of Himmatwala. Deft direction, intelligent plot, clever writing, multi-layered story, restrained performances, and lots of realism. All these things Sajid Khan's latest caper Himmatwala obviously DOES NOT HAVE.

What it has is loads of kitsch, ostentation, over-the-top performances, mawkish drama, slapstick comedy, heroism, buffoonery, and slambang action. In short, what's called masala in Bollywood parlance. The film is an unapologetic, unrestrained celebration of the 1980s kitsch. It is an ode to Manmohan Desai's cinema, and a buffet of campiness we thought had long become extinct until the likes of Sajid Khan came good in Bollywood.

The only thing good about Himmatwala is that it has no pretense of being a heavy-duty brainer. It knows it's silly, ridiculous, nonsensical, and is content being in that flimsy skin. What's certainly not good -- apart from the aforementioned ills -- about it is its length (2hrs 30mins) and its many lame jokes that fall flat on their face.

In essence, the film is adapted from K. Raghavendra Rao's 1983 namesake hit starring Jeetendra and Sridevi, but Sajid Khan throws in a few new twists and twirls in the plot, axes a few characters from the original to add a few of his own in the remake, not the least of which is a growling tiger who also becomes our hero's friend.

The tale is pretty much the same. A son (Ajay Devgn) returns to his paternal village to avenge the ignominy of his idealist father at the hands of an evil sarpanch (Mahesh Manjrekar). He's got his mother (Zarina Wahab) and sister in tow, and has Ma Sherawali ka aashirwad thanks to which he takes on 50 strong and shabby goons unleashed on him by his enemy.

And then there's the pretty, pampered, snobbish heroine (Tamannaah). She's the uppity Miss snooty who's whiplashed into her place by the unsubtle hero. Cupid strikes, love replaces loathing, and in no time the duo is jiving to 'Naino Mein Sapna' amid thousands of matkas. 'Ta Thaiya Ta Thaiya Ho!'

Ho-hum!

Ajay Devgn plays to the gallery. He mouths loud dialogues, dons ridiculously garish clothes, hobbles his way through the dances, fights a tiger and does unbelievable stunts. In one scene he heaves a bullock cart and throws it -- sans the bull -- at the goons, sending them flying back in the direction they came from. Tamannaah dances well but doesn't act half as good. Paresh Rawal is the only source of respite in Himmatwala. As the droll and derisive sidekick of the antagonist, he's surely funny at times. Mahesh Manjrekar as the huffing, puffing, nostril flaring sarpanch overdoes his part. On the sidelines, Adhyayan Suman and Asrani are wasted.

To sum it up, watching Himmatwala requires a lot of Himmat on the part of a viewer. Make time for it only if you are an ardent Ajay Devgn fan and can stand Sajid Khan's brand of escapist masala fare.

Rating: **


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Watching Himmatwala needs a lots of himmat ROFL

This film will do above average business. Hope Himmatwala's downfall will decrease the number of mindless crappy films ! Tongue

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Himmatwala Box Office Opening

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Sajid Khan's Himmatwala has opened poorly across India on Friday. The opening was as low as 25-30% at multiplexes in Urban cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon.. to name a few. Reports from Bangalore, Mangalore (which come under the Mysore circuit) are worse as the occupancy was below 20% for the morning shows.

The response at mass-centres (Rajasthan, UP/Bihar) was better, 50% for the morning shows and around 55-60% for the noon shows. But the overall occupancy was lower than Ajay Devgn's last release Son Of Sardar.

A lot more was expected out of Himmatwala, as the film had a wide release (3000 screens) on a National Holiday. If business at multiplexes picks up over the course of the day, the film could put up decent opening day figures.

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Himmatwala Review

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Average- 4

Bad- 8

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Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

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.

30

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Koimoi | Mohar Basu

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.

30

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

Ajay Devgn plays to the gallery. He mouths loud dialogues, dons ridiculously garish clothes, hobbles his way through the dances, fights a tiger and does unbelievable stunts. In one scene he heaves a bullock cart and throws it -- sans the bull -- at the goons, sending them flying back in the direction they came from. Tamannaah dances well but doesn't act half as good. Paresh Rawal is the only source of respite in Himmatwala. As the droll and derisive sidekick of the antagonist, he's surely funny at times. Mahesh Manjrekar as the huffing, puffing, nostril flaring sarpanch overdoes his part. On the sidelines, Adhyayan Suman and Asrani are wasted.

40

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

Himmatwala is Sajid Khan's first film without Akshay Kumar. But in Ajay Devgn, he finds an equally willing ally. So banish all illusions of a better deal.

This isn't of course an exact copy. The director makes freewheeling changes both in terms of characters and situations. But no amount of tweaking can do much to save this piece of tawdry twaddle from being a complete washout.

30

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Zeenews | Gayatri Sankar

The comedy sequences do their bit and so do the breathtaking action sequences. Fans of Devgn can look forward to his fist fight with a tiger and get swayed into the world of fantasies. But the portions where Zarina Wahab mouths "sentimental" dialogues (though they are meant to make you go teary eyed), you can't help but burst into laughter.

40

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Bollywood Life | Dhiren Trivedi

While talking about his remake… oops… rewrite, Sajid had proudly said that we wouldn't have seen Ajay Devgn in such a role before. Right Sajid, no director has ever wasted a powerhouse of talent like Ajay like you did (of course, not to forget your predecessor, David Dhawan in Rascals). Ajay's entry, which according to Sajid was supposed to be one of the top three hero entries of Hindi cinema, is simply average. Sajid, you lose the bet, there was nothing for people to whistle and clap… we want our money back! The filmmaker had also made it clear that he personally doesn't approve of superficial action sequences in films as it's out of fashion. But then here we have Ajay knocking down 20 imported bouncers using temple bells and even lifting a bullock cart, minus the animal thankfully.

20

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Rediff | Sukanya Verma

Anyway, I revisited the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer again recently for the sake of this article. Barring Kader Khan's (whom I admire unconditionally for sheer cheek) geography-dependent humour, dotty camaraderie with a rifle-toting Amjad Khan and Sri-Jeetu's sprightly jhatka-matkas to loony lyrics, I didn't find Himmatwala anything more than a formulaic masala about oppressive village landlords being taught a lesson, spoilt rich shrews begging to be tamed, destitute mother-sister duo with an ever-ready supply of glycerine and a string of jarring sub-plots to prolong its third act.

40

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
DNA India | Tushar Joshi

Khan has a dry sense of humor and that comes across not just while talking to him, but also while watching his films.No other film maker might have thought of usingwords like 'YouTube' and 'Nazi' in his one liners and got away scot-free.If this was his first film, the jokes might havebeen marginally funny, but revisiting the same formulaic routines to create humor is like trying to pump air into a flat tyre that's already about to burst. The sequence with the tiger who doesn't look menacing enough fails to have the right roar.

30

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

I expected Himmatwala to be predictable, not only because I have faint memories of the older film, but because it follows such a template. I also expected it to be annoying, and it doesn't disappoint on both scores. But I didn't think it would be so dull. There's a spot when Devgn, blood dripping from his hand, tells his leading lady: 'yeh 1983 hai yaar, dupatta phaado aur baandh do'. We smile at this line. Because it is a smart send-up of the films we used to love despite themselves. If this Himmatwala had adopted that tone and kept it flowing through the film, it would have been something to watch. Devgn manages to get it in a couple of moments, but only in a couple.

30

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

You cozy yourself in the chair, expecting to be entertained. And that is exactly what Sajid does and manages to maintain the momentum throughout the first half. But what really brings all his hard work apart is his eagerness to throw more twists and turns into the already well-twisted plot.

40

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Super Good Movies | Super Good Movies

Sajid Khan Direction, Script is not up to the mark. Movie failed in comedy sequences. Technically, he has given a glossier look to the Himmatwala, which is good. Composed of a few impossible to read instruct, the film drags on its hard work for a throbbing two and half hours. Boring dialogues in the complete film. Editing is not up to the mark. The music is well-mannered in all areas of the movie. Cinematography is good.

25

NOT RECOMMENDED
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

Except that Ajay Devgn plays the 'Himmatwala' Ravi this time. The heroine, hired because she could pass for Sri Devi, is the 'Hunterwali' with a leash in her hands that she strikes at her driver because he didn't come to pick her up from the station. "I hate gareebs," she mutters repeatedly, two 'city girls' in strange skirts and hats nod. This isn't exactly how she is after her brief intro. Exactly at what point does she start loving the gareebs and is willing to destroy her wealthy villain father is an existentialist question we would much rather avoid. There is too much fun to be had otherwise.

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