With a heavy heart i went to see Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala. Frankly I was fed up with his constant raving and ranting of how his film will be a "blockbuster" or how his film is "entertainment at its best". It was these very pompous statements that turned me off right from the beginning. Anyways, when it was finally Showtime, the film began with the fat cow of Bollywood: Sonakshi Sinha, shaking her body to a number called Thank God It’s Friday. Let me tell you this is just about the best thing about the film. I never knew that I had voluntarily signed up for never ending torture all in the name of the heavily underrated 80s entertainment.
Ravi (Ajay Devgn) is an action master, who earns his livelihood by showing his muscle power at a club run in Mumbai by an ardent fan of Pop Legend Michael Jackson- Michael Jaikishen (Chunky Pandey, who else?). One fine day Rampur gaon ka beta Ravi, decides to visit his birthplace out of the blue! He searches for his mommy Savitri (Zareena Wahab) and pyari behna Padma (Leela Jumani, much better looking than the film’s heroine), only to find them in horrible conditions! Mommy huffs and puffs and rants about the misery and hell she and her bitiya rani are going through. This was enough to awaken the hidden tiger of the ma da laadla!
Mommy wishes her pyara beta bashes up zamindaar Sher Singh (Mahesh Manjrekar), as he has ruled tyrannically over the gaonwalas. Sheru is helped by brother-in-law Narayan Das (Paresh Rawal). Mommy gives the aashirwaad and then begins the real journey of this 'himmatwala'. Right from breaking the pride of Sheru’s daughter to fighting 100 goons at one go, our himmatwala does it all. But there is a ‘twist’ towards the interval wherein it is revealed that Ravi is not actually Ravi but he’s Ravi’s best friend. The real Ravi (Ritesh Deshmukh) is actually dead. Sob sob. Thank heavens or else picture this Deshmukh would have been in place of Devgn, this is enough to give all of us a mild heart attack no?
Anyway so in the end all is well. Mommy is very happy, behna also, hero teams up with his heroine and the baddies are gone from the gaon!
The film is as bizarre as the idea of remaking it. I can very happily say that with this film Sajid finally proves that empty vessels make the MOST noise.
Ajay is a complete misfit; an advice to him would be: please go back to doing meaningful roles in Prakash Jha films; Tamannaah makes me wonder why she came back to Bollywood after her debut film Chand Sa Roshan Chera. Paresh Rawal disappoints hugely. In short, as my head still spins with the madness I just experienced, I say these golden words: Strictly avoid this one.