Himmatwala - External Reviews

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quick review:

Worse than what you'd expect - loud, garish, melodramatic, inane, regressive in terms of film-making, extremely boring.



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39 reviewers have given Himmatwala an average rating of 0.5/5.0 (?)

0 yays
31 nays
8 so-so

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Thumbs down by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Ajay Devgn plays to the gallery. He mouths loud dialogues, dons ridiculously garish clothes, hobbles his way through the dances, fights a tiger and does unbelievable stunts.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...For added measure, he throws in an attempted rape, as if to remind us that, in those days, this was one of the reasons the hero had a sister. And then he spoofs the shower scene in Psycho, right down to the matching dissolve between the bathtub drain and the victim’s eye.... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...It will raise a big question on the intellect of 21st century's Indian viewers & their choice of entertainment if this becomes another notable Hit of 2013.... full review

So-So by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice ...Ajay Devgn provides a convincing and respectable performance as the male protagonist and was therefore the perfect choice to headline this film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...Sajid makes an attempt to pay homage to the cinema of yore, but what he delivers makes you sit motionless for most parts. ... full review

Thumbs down by Dhiren Trivedi, Bollywood Life ...we want our refund for enduring this abysmal ‘effort’... full review

Thumbs down by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Predictable, boring and lengthy.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...If it’s possible to tarnish dross, Sajid Khan has done it.... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...“It’s a Sajid Khan entertainer.” To be fair to the director, even he doesn’t call it a film. It certainly isn’t.... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ... Without a doubt, all his gleeful interviews against the critics, will be far more entertaining than this ho-hum hokum pokum.... full review

Thumbs down by Smita, Desi Martini ...The music is pretty decent. Of cuorse, naino mein sapna and taki re taki are well known, but even the new disco song is pretty good.... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Khan has a dry sense of humour and that comes across not just while talking to him, but also while watching his films.... full review

Thumbs down by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Himmatwala is well-made, well-choreographed and heck even the actors have performed with conviction. But the writing of this movie (if there was any) makes no sense.... full review

Thumbs down by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...It’s a lot for a guy to do, even with 2013’s special effects, so I left him to it while I took a power nap. When I woke up, I noticed that Devgn’s fingernails are too long for a man. ... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...So it’s mainly the performances and the brief parlays into rabid humour that keeps this ‘Himmatwala’ going.... full review

Thumbs down by Kritika Deval, fullhyd.com ...Ajay's fists, and his fake growl, which he insists on speaking in throughout, pretty much take over the rest of the film.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...You cozy yourself in the chair, expecting to be entertained. And that is exactly what Sajid does and manages to maintain the momentum throughout the first half. But what really brings all his hard work apart is his eagerness to throw more twists and turns into the already well-twisted plot. ... full review

Thumbs down by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Himmatwala is a reminder of why the ’80s are considered the worst decade in Hindi cinema.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The movie opens with a disco song featuring Sonakshi Sinha that goes: "Thank God, it's Friday!" Not this Friday, believe me.... full review

So-So by Swati Deogire, In.com ...It may not be the kind of film you enjoy, but 'Himmatwala' is an entertainer nevertheless. Muster all the courage you have and book a ticket.... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Himmatwala is good for that random mood for a stray laugh and silly spoof (one Psycho spoof is actually tops) but there is no nostalgia, tribute or sense behind all the noise that it makes.... full review

Thumbs down by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ... As expected, Ajay goes great guns with the action (though the highlight fight with the tiger could look straight out of Cartoon Network). He is in form with the high-voltage dialogue baazi, too.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...When I was not cringing, I was dozing.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...The screenplay is embellished with Sajid Khan brand of PJs that range from the silly to some occassionally side-splitting ones also... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Indicine ...This is where Sajid Khan brings in certain elements as well which do aim at bettering the original. One such element is the tiger track which is indeed woven well in the film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...What’s Good: The film is exactly as good as its 1983 version What’s Bad: Un-hilarious stupidity and the tediously long narrative leaves you gasping Loo break: Just stay in the loo. Don’t bother coming back!... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ...Undiscriminating children might enjoy the slow-motion action sequences and the rhyming, pun-laden humour (the principal dialogue is by Farhad-Sajid), while equally undiscriminating adults might spare a few tee-hees for the antics of the reliably hammy actors Manjrekar and Rawal.... full review

So-So by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Ajay Devgn’s in top alpha-male action-comedy form. Tamannaah looks fresh and pretty. Paresh Rawal’s Kader Khan take-off absolutely rocks. ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...could have been far better as far as the entertainment quotient is concerned... full review

Thumbs down by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum hain only in terms of little bit entertaining scenes, at rest all places its like 'Bum Pe Laat'.... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Paresh Rawal puts in way too much effort for this film playing second fiddle to Mahesh Manjrekar as does his wig and moustache. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...If nothing else, what Himmatwala certainly has a profusion of is a complete disregard for logic and narrative finesse. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...Mahesh Manjrekar tries too hard to show some menacing elements of being the bad guy but sadly, he too falls for the tawdry writing of the filmmaker. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...The idea here, I think, is not an upgrade but to go back in time and relive those foolish sensibilities so many filmmakers have painstakingly tried to erase with the hope of promoting entertaining, progressive films... full review

So-So by Roshmila Bhattacharya, Star Blockbuster ...The film is a mindless ménage of all that was wrong with mainstream Hindi cinema in the ‘80s… Exaggerated drama ... full review

Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Ajay Devgn struggles to slip into the dancing shoes of Jeetendra and also falters in matching up the brilliance of Jeetendra. ... full review

So-So by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ... In her Bollywood debut, Tamannah makes a decent impression. She's superhot (her midriff demands a separate acting credit) and shows conviction, but later gets lost in transgression.... full review

Thumbs down by Mr Care, Upper Stall ...There are stray moments of humor - the ridiculous spoofs of Psycho and Ashok Kumar's rail gadi song work.... full review

Thumbs down by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Nonetheless, performances of certain characters make the film bearable. Paresh Rawal as Narayan Das is outstanding. He literally reminds you of comic legend Kader Khan and his witty dialogues, something that has been missing in films these days. ... full review