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DEC 08 -

Needless to say, most Bollywood ‘masala’ entertainers are no-brainers. All films released under that particular title are often very similar to each other, and the success of Dabangg has catapulted this ‘genre’ (if it can be called that) to mainstream Bollywood. Hindi films in which a heady influence of South Indian cinema is more than obvious, and in which both the hard-to-believe action sequences and the comedy are extremely over-the-top have proven immensely successful at the box office in recent times.

Khiladi 786, a film that marks the return of Akhsay Kumar in his popular Khiladi avatar, is a film that falls under this

category. The extremely unoriginal story, penned by none other than Himesh Reshammiya (who has co-produced, and also stars in the

film), is able to give you a few instant laughs, but in the end, there’s nothing in it that you can take back home with you.

As I said earlier, there’s nothing new in the story. The basic plot goes like this: Two families, the Singhs and Tendulkars, are trying to find partners for their kids—Bahattar Singh (Akshay Kumar) and Indu Tendulkar (Asin). The families have so far failed at their attempts as they are ill-reputed in society (both

families are engaged in illicit, illegal activities). It is wedding planner Mansukh (Reshammiya), who tries bringing these families together, albeit on the basis of a whole load

of lies. And then of course, there’s

the ‘70-family’ (the male members of Bahattar’s family are named Sattar, Ekhattar and Chauhattar, for some strange reason), and one illogical mystery regarding the whereabouts of Trehattar is very forcefully maintained throughout the film.

With no basic storyline, and dialogues that are a cocktail of lines from other Bollywood movies, the film is nothing more than a collection of clichés. Nothing new comes in way of direction by newcomer Ashish R Mohan, or the performances. A special mention should go to music director, and singer, and story-writer, and producer Himesh Reshammya, though.  Looks like he is yet to realise that he cannot act, but we might as well expect him to keep barraging us with his ‘attempts’ at doing so. The music, however, is passable.

But no matter! While films such Khiladi 786 lack in the logic and script departments, they are in high demand these days. So you might as well give it one watch for its

‘entertainment’ quotient.

Posted on: 2012-12-08 08:28