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Himmatwala Review : Show some 'Himmat' and Watch the Classic...

Dated : March, 29, 2013 BY Divya Solgama

Ratings : star


Late 70's & early 80's was unanimously ruled by Amitabh Bachchan over the box office. There were actors like Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and few others who too had their share of hits, but nowhere in competition to the superstar. The only actor who gave little bit serious amount of competition was the jumping jack Jeetendra. Right from 1983 till 1985 he has his dream run over the box office, which even gave jitters to the ruling king at the box-office. All this started with surprise hit - 'Himmatwala', a film which Jeetendra signed only to get rid of his debts incurred due to super flop of his home production - 'Deedar-E-Yaar'. The original film was planned with Rekha in the lead role, but she refused the film and recommended Southern star - Sridevi who had just one release till that date in Hindi film. After the super success of 'Himmatwala', the people attached to this film {Jeetendra, Sridevi, Kader Khan, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Bappi Lahiri, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, etc} started churning out dozens of such type of south indian remakes. Initially, they had few huge hits but later, due to monotony and over dose of such films started to fade out. Kids from that generation had feasted on such types of masala pot-boilers and still enjoy the comical tracks by Kader Khan, fun loving songs by Kishore Kumar, power packed dancing of Jeetendra and many more such stuffs attached to such types of films. One such kid whom we all know as Actor-Director Sajid Khan is diehard fan of such films, thus everyone knew that he is the perfect person for remake of 'Himmatwala'. So let's find out whether Sajid Khan will manage to enhance the level of his favorite film 'Himmatwala' or might just end up like the way Ram Gopal Verma did with his passion and over love for the classic 'Sholay' in form of 'Ramgopal Verma Ki Aag'.

Himmatwala Review


'Himmatwala' is story of a street fighter Ravi {Ajay Devgan} who returns back to his native place after a long span. He reunites with his mother {Zarina Wahab} & sister Pooja {Leena Jumani} only to teach a lesson to the village tyrant Sher Singh {Mahesh Manjrekar} and his brother-in-law Narayandas {Paresh Rawal}. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

Story is 90% similar to the original 'Himmatwala' with few variations like the whole Ajay Devgan's character as a street fighter and few more. The makers have tried to present the whole story in 80's style of pot-boiler masala films. There are few good moments like Ajay Devgan's entry, Ajay-Paresh first meet, Ajay chat with Tiger {with the whole 'Save The Tiger' dialog}, Ajay punishing Paresh Rawal & Adhyaman Suman along with Mahesh Manjrekar and few more. Almost all these scenes are comical and that's the only place where the film works as at rest all places it's a flat let down.

Himmatwala Movie Review

Scenes like Zarina Wahab's flashback, the whole tiger fight, Ritesh Deshmukh's track, Ajay's sisters whole melodramatic track followed by Adhyaman Suman torturing her, weak climax along with the whole 80's type of treatment to the film adds as a negative point. The writers try to take the original script and make a fresh copy of it without even giving a second thought. The screenplay should have omitted the unwanted tracks and be more tight and entertaining. The usage of clinched tracks like of 'Maa', 'Behen', 'Rape', 'Amir-Garib', 'Badla', etc ruins the film as these tracks have been long lost , forgotten and buried in late 90's or shifted its base to Bhojpuri films. Today's generation might not enjoy these tracks and might fail to connect with the film. If only the writers could have done something innovative and presented these tracks in little bit of spoof manner, the reaction would have been positive.

Camera work is average. Editing should have been better, especially in the second half of the film which is totally weak and long.

Music & Direction:

Music by Sajid Wajid is not up to the mark. Their original compositions like 'Bum Pe Laat', 'Dhoka Dhoka' and 'Thank God It's Friday' are bad. The only saving grace songs are the ones from the original - 'Naino Mein Sapna' & 'Taki Taki'. Though they are not even close to the original, yet goes well with the film, mainly due to its foot tapping composition by Bappi Lahiri. One might miss other songs like 'Wah Wah Khel Shuru Ho Gaya' and 'Ladki Nahin' from the original. Background music is good.

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Personally, I have enjoyed brainless comedies by Sajid Khan in the past. Thus was expecting him to give an awesome tribute to one of his most favorite film. Sadly, he ends up with a very bad spoof lacking the conviction power. All those films like 'Himmatwala' and others have worked in past due to high conviction level of the director and the actors attached to it. But here everybody looked over confident and it was reflected in the film, too. Remakes are made to enhance the classic films to newer style of cinema, but in our country it's just to encash over the past glory of a hit film. He does succeed little bit over the comical track, but fails miserably in the over dramatic and action part.


Ajay Devgan tries to fit in the shoes of Jeetendra, but looked confused between his 'Golmaal' and 'Singham' acts. Still its due to him the movie does not reduce to B-Grade level. I personally feel Akshay Kumar would have been the perfect choice for this film as Ajay failed to dance like Jeetendra and also lacked the naughty smile of his in the comical scenes. Tamannaah Bhatia looked fresh and appealing in her debut film. She did remind us of the newcomer Sridevi. Adhyaman Suman was horrible along with Leena Jumani. Mahesh Manjrekar lacked the funny antics which Amjad Khan as in the original. Paresh Rawal tries to spoof Kader Khan with mixtures of his characters from various films along with his famous talking with camera from the movie 'Ghar Ho To Aisa' and few more. He succeeds little bit but cannot match to the ace comedian. Zarina Wahab, Asrani, Chunky Pandey, Anil Dhawan in their roles gave good support. Sonakshi Sinha tried to recreate the magic of disco numbers but was not that great. Ritesh Deshmukh gives his worst performance in a cameo role.

So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum hain only in terms of little bit entertaining scenes, at rest all places its like 'Bum Pe Laat'. It's a shame that Sajid Khan gives his weakest film till date in form of remake of his most favorite film. It's because of his overconfidence and lame direction the movie missed out on the entertainment quotient. As for all masala movie lovers I would request you to show some himmat and watch the classic film instead of this boring and lengthy spoof.

  • Ratings:1.75/5

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