Review: Khiladi 786

Khiladi 786

Cast:Akshay Kumar, Asin, Himesh Reshammiya, Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar

Director: Ashish R Mohan

Indian Express Rating: *

I went into `Khiladi 786' with every intention of being amused. But within a few minutes, I knew this yet-another-wannabe-`Dabangg'-style comic actioner was going to be a long, grit-your-teeth-and-bear-it haul : the film went from bad to terrible, and stayed that way.

It starts off by telling us why the leading man is called Bahattar ( seventy two in Hindi) for reasons you will fathom if you find yourself watching this one. Thing is, would you really want to? Because this is what will be inflicted upon you : Akshay trying to be Salman. That's twice this year. So there's the cop uniform, the swagger, and the songs. Throw the bad guys out, get the good ones in. Be a desi Robin Hood. Wait for the right girl to arrive. Meanwhile, fill up the film with inane chatter, and scenes we've seen a zillion times before.

Asin trying to be Asin in every single film in which she's brought up the rear. She's called Indu Tendulkar here, and that's about the only new thing. In the rest, she plays the girl who the hero will want to hook up with, after he and she are done with their solo sillinesses. Then she will simper. Which Asin does well, because of all that practice.

Himesh trying to be, what? I'm really not sure. Is that a character he's playing? Or just an unbelievably bad caricature? Raj Babbar may just want to go back to a time when Hindi movies took him seriously and beg for solid villain-type roles : these hearty Punjabi `puttars' with their hair dyed henna-orange are tedious and unfunny. And Mithun is known as TT. He has a thick fake moustache ( which in one scene looks as if it's going to fall off), and he's the 'ladki ka baap', and.. Okay, I will stop here. This is too painful.

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