Release Date : Mar 29,2013
Review by : Kaushik L M
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Production: Pooja Entertainment India Ltd, UTV Motion Pictures
Cast: Adhyayan Suman, Ajay Devgn, Leena Jumani, Mahesh Manjrekar, Paresh Rawal, Sonakshi Sinha, Tamannah Bhatia, Zarina Wahab
Direction: Sajid Khan
Screenplay: Sajid Khan
Story: Sajid Khan
Music: Sajid Wajid
Background score: Sajid Wajid
Dialogues: Sajid-Farhad
Distribution: UTV Motion Pictures

The promos of Sajid Khan’s remake of the earlier Himmatwala screamed out aloud that the 80s will be back and we were led to believe that the movie would be an unabashed commercial masala with oodles of glamour, sentiment and of course over-the-top heroism.

What we get from the movie is pretty much the same but the comedy quotient of the movie is what makes it watchable right till the end. The plot is typical of a 80s movie – that of an invincible hero coming back to his village to unite with his mom and sister and also to avenge the evil guy who happens to be the village’s head honcho. There is a small suspense about the hero and of course we have a glamorous heroine as part of the mix too.

Paresh Rawal in a weird makeover and with a funny accent exhibits his full histrionics range and is a riot. Mahesh Manjrekar, though the villain, comes a close second in the comic histrionics department.

Ajay Devgn as the all-conquering hero has solid screen presence and is at ease in the comic scenes and also while bashing countless goons to pulp. But the action choreography is too far-fetched like other recent Bollywood mass movies and the involvement of a tiger in the fight scenes incites as many laughs as the funny scenes.

The songs of the movie such as Naino Mein Sapna and Taki Taki, which are already on air, showcase Tamannah flaunting her ‘hour glass’ curves without any inhibition. She sure steals the show whenever she appears on screen as the typical commercial cinema heroine who dominates the songs. But in certain scenes, her micro miniskirts are dangerously short. On the whole, she has all the qualities to become Bollywood’s next dream girl and she performs confidently in the limited scope she has.

Among the other performers, the perennial mom Zareena Wahab and Leena Jumani as the sister in distress are adequate and provide plenty of old-fashioned mush. Ritesh Deshmukh has a sad cameo while Adhyayan Suman proves why he was a failure as a lead hero. He has no screen presence whatsoever.

Sachin and Jigar have composed the title track ‘Thank god it’s Friday’ and we have the bubbly Sonakshi Sinha grooving stylishly to this track. The item song Dhoka towards the end is an eye sore though.

Though Himmatwala wouldn’t appeal to the current multiplex audiences who have been bred on city-based subjects, those looking for some mindless fun and popcorn entertainment might find this passable. Single screens are bound to offer good patronage given the mass-centric nature of the film.

Verdict: Typical hero-centric masala with slapstick comedy being its highpoint