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Worse than what you'd expect - loud, garish, melodramatic, inane, regressive in terms of film-making, extremely boring.Read more
Himmatwala proudly announces, "The 80s are back!" Uhhh...why is that a good thing? I mean, sure if it made me into a child again, it'd have been different. What it really means is the movies from the 80s are back - a sore reminder of my early experiences of cinema. Thank goodness for some films from the 70s. Many are amused now, when they see films from the 80s, those from my generation are nostalgic. But, even as a child I didn't like most of them, so a remake of anything called Himmatwala, Justice Choudhury, Tohfa just gives me shudders.
To top it off, you have Ajay Devgn point out in the film, that it is the 80s. Right, it's supposed to be funny. But, how? Why would one say retro thing about current times. The film is set in the 80s, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah, don't go about using your brain, you say. I'll try is all I say.
To make it worse, very little attempt is made to create originial music. If there is anything worse than this sort of films from the 80s, it is music from this sort of films. And I'm glad at least some of the music reviews didn't think the music was 'great'.
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "right from the original tracks to the new compositions, there is a spunk that one evidences in this album which lasts close to 20 minutes"
IBN Live - "4/5"
koimoi - "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Bappi Lahiri and Sachin-Jigar rule over Sajid-Wajid, the actual composers, in this Himmatwala-redux!"
Music Aloud - "6/10"
in.com - "2.5/5"
glamsham - 3.5/5
- meeta, a part of the audience
Where does one begin with a film like Himmatwala? You know its going to range from garish to extremely over-the-top, it being a Sajid Khan "entertainer". With the "the 80s are back" announcement, you knew you had to leave your brain behind. Yet, somehow Himmatwala makes it worse than what you are ready for - from the righteous brave-heart to the idealistic mother to the caricaturish villain to the supposedly village setting to the lousy one-liners, there isn't one moment that can hook you in.
To start off, in its attempt to not copy the 1983 film, the 2013 version brings in a few minor changes and a 'twist' which make the proceedings even more lame. Then you have Ravi (Ajay Devgn) cracking the poorest of poor jokes. Making him admit the awfulness in the very next line, only makes it worse (and when we thought it wasn't possible.)
Similarly, Paresh Rawal breaking the fourth wall asking us to come towards him and go away from him with a zooming in and out camera isn't funny to begin with. It gets even more tiresome when its repeated over and over, predictably.
When you are so clearly reminded that you are watching a film, you cannot be expected to get remotely involved in the characters or the situations. So involved are Sajid Khan and company in not taking themselves seriously, that the villain doesn't scare and the hero doesn't inspire or invoke allegiance. All the supposedly powerful and/or emotional scenes seem lame because you aren't engaged in the story.
Interestingly, Ravi's sister (Leena Jumani) gets a scene where she uncharacteristically takes charge of her life and it could imply a superficial hint at woman empowerment. But her action ultimately implies submission to what others in her life decide for her. Even if you'd like to give Himmatwala a benefit of doubt in that the social norms of the 80s apply, you realize you are being asked to believe that any of this is realistic.
Having said that, Leena Jumani is an actor who sticks out because of how quietly she plays her bit. In contrast you have this gang of very capable actors competing to look more idiotic than the next. You cannot blame Paresh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar or even Ajay Devgn for not making you laugh. Their timing seems to be perfect for what they've been asked to do. But, what they've been asked to do is so ridiculously not funny that you don't know what to feel for them. I would like to think that my 10-year old is too old for such juvenile non-humor.
You know you have stooped to a new low when you find relief when the songs from the 80s start playing. Relief in nostalgia from 'nayano mein sapna' and ' taaki o taaki' - yep, certainly a low! I'd like to shift the blame to having to sit through 'thank God it's Friday' and 'bum pe laat' in comparison.
I do questions myself, "Why do I even bother with such films?" "Hope and curiosity", besides the fact that I have taken it up as a job. I hope that there will be something, at least one scene, that's worth half-a-watch and I don't want to keep wondering what that'll be. However, feeble my reward be, Sajid Khan's Himmatwala has this curiously shot hypothetical situation in which he, for reason unknown, chooses to refer to Psycho. Not that I liked it or the way it was done, but it was very atypical of Sajid Khan. And that is enough for me, even if not good enough to recommend you watch it even if you have nothing better to do (unless your hope and curiosity are compelling).
Himmatwala truly has nothing that even people reminiscing the 80s would enjoy. If someone really wants nostalgia, they'd go back to K Raghavendra Rao's Himmatwala, right? Why do you need a Sajid Khan for that?
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
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 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
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, 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 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 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
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
Thumbs down, by Gayatri Sankar, Zee News : ...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
shivwalk: The Psycho shower spoof in Himmatwala is to die for. BEST MOVIE of the year.
sachin7980: Watched Himmatwala....awasome movie...again comdey timepass flik from Ajay and Sajid...
nishantgautam14: It #himmatwala is most entertaining,never felt bored any time
maisielinford: I don't know why #himmatwala has had such bad reviews. Everyone in my audience was laughing and I thought it was amazing!
deepaksdhaka: Himmatwala Film is so Good. Please must seen it. Sajid Sir you are always best. Thanks for giving this movie.
brightkknight: Just watched Himmatwala.. Spectacular. Beyond Awesome. Must watch.
Arunkumarshaw1: Awsme movie HIMMATWALA....so Sexyy TAMANNA is what a leg
ankushrraj: frnds all dese reviews abt himmatwala are just rubbish..movie is a good entertainer..actions are good ...comic timing of paresh sir is awsm
Ankursi007: HimAtwaLa! \m/ Awessssum! Movie! Ek dum paisea wasul :D \m/
abdul_razzak_: Entertainment is what the film offered and loved #Himmatwala very much. Ajay and all the stars did superb job.
vik72667591: himmatwala is better movie than so called high class showoff movies like cocktail...atleast hero is nt flirting two gals in same
sudeepsubhash: Himmatwala can only work for you if you are tipsy
sonof007: #critics gives 4* to horrible movie #jabtakhaijaan nd 1* star to atleast one time watch movie #himmatwala. Are u guys really knw ur jobs ?
SalluLicious: I watched @ajaydevgn's Himmatwala and I Really find it much better than Sajid's Heybaby& HF! No cheapness, Clean movie & enjoyed Ajayz Role☺
rahulja23107514: Himmatwala......movie was not be gud but ajay is always best nd 2nd half is better then 1st.....!!!!
prakash1421: word of mouth kept #Himmatwala off the lights. but movie is not bad as peoples tweeting. another smart act by ajay. tamanna is mind blowing.
munjaalshah: No u don't need "Himmat" to watch #Himmatwala what u really need is a bad sense of humour.Not so bad like the reviews say,full on masala.
khadija58: Just watched himmatwala it wasn't as funny as expected quite ok but not that bad good movie just for action
JonaSallu: Saw Himmatwala. It might not be @ajaydevgn's best movie,but it's not his worse either. Everybody needs to stop overacting on how bad it was.
jigardoshi20991: donno how good or bad was the original, but this was fine. few comic sequences and few real hilarious dialogues make #himmatwala watchable.
JawaadArif: Himmatwala was a decent movie #detailedinsight
iSankalpMantri: Kept brain aside..Watched #Himmatwala..Not too bad not too good !!!
ektu_02: Himmatwala watchable movie..full on drama,action, entertainment,tragedy.... #timepass.
Being_Dhavi: #himmatwala watch it for @ajaydevgn and tammna only.
yo_breezyxo: kuta toh kutte ko he janam daata hai- #himmatwala #DumbMovieEver
yaseengani786: Tamil & telegu film heroes get 100 times better,classier,mindblowing intro scenes than #himmatwala Ajay entry scene as claimed by Sajid khan
YagneshJV: cant believe how sajid khan managed to screw #himmatwala :/
weJADHAV: Congrats to Ajay Devgan for holding record of 2 biggest n most famous flop films RGV Ki Aag n #Himmatwala I m sure no actor will break it.
Vinayakgaikwad: I don't understand, Why on Earth does Sajid Khan make movies? What does he think? Is every film is Comic one? He has killed #Himmatwala...
vinay1524: Himmatwala has hit hard to those who has watched it.:(.@Jayashripradhan: Is Himmatwala a hit or a flop?
vic_varma: Himmatwala sucks, please save your precious time and money
UMANGLOVESLIFE: sAJID KHAN ..the most stupid director of the decade ...all thanks to HImmatwala....
thesachinb: My enemies if you are reading this tweet then you hv won ur self tickets for #himmatwala , DM to claim the reward !!!
TheJohnnyDepth: Bhai remake hi banani thi to remake banate spoof kyon bana di. Ghatiya direction by Sajid Khan.. #Himmatwala
TheChiragJain: Sajid khan: 10mins into #Himmatwala & aapka 'paisa vasool', took a crocin at the 11th minute. Head aches gone. Crocin ka paisa vasool!
TechMoody: Kal Himmatwala k piche 200 rs barbad karne se aacha 50 rs ki panipuri kha lena n 150 rs usko tip de dena woh bhi... http://www.facebook.com/BeingAmrik/posts/128221354031817
Tanumoyd: Now i jst want 2 see d face of dat Mr. Over-Confident Sajid Khan. Ur #Himmatwala is nw a #Hasmatsala :P
swap002: Not underestimating Marathi movies but even they will chew and throw "Himmatwala".
sudhakar_mane: Watched himmatwala movie..!! But disappointed..
simonsaybrams: HIMMATWALA review filed. Man, that movie stunk.
shubhroCFC: Himmatwala sucks! Thats it,it fucking sucks!
shail511: There is no himmat left in me after seeing himmatwala☹
sauravmba08: #Himmatwala broke the record of @kamaalrkhan's Deshdrohi for most chutiya movie of all time!
sanjushams: Sajid Khan on a spcl diet,eating his words 3 times a day for months to come. At other times,to hv his foot firrmly in his mouth #Himmatwala
RusticBong: Reply to @KiaaraSandhu Himmatwala is pathetic...worst movie of all time....
Robin_aries: #Himmatwala such a pain movie... But I had the Himmat to watch the full movie. Great actors nonsense script.
Rkkaser: The worst movie i had ever seen in my entire life #Himmatwala directed by #sajidkhan superflop movie all the audiance was slept in hall
rjanup: Bioscope Himmatwala - 1.5/5 Mirchis - Rj Anup @ Radio Mirchi UAE https://soundcloud.com/rj-anup/bioscope-himmatwala-1-5-5
rishisingh19: #Himmatwala finally gave competition to #RGV KI AAG... Mass torturer of all time
reachtirath: #himmatwala, one really needs lots of himmat to sit for this movie.
rdnimavat7: Himmatwala vohi . . . . Jo puri himmatwala dekh le :D
ranjeet99: What a load of rubbish #Himmatwala
randheerB: #SajidKhan';s #Himmatwala is so outdated n so predictable that it starts taking your patience test..@ajaydevgn's worst till date..1.5/5
RamuKakaOnline: Beedu, film dekhi, aur uss ke baad do din tak apun coma mein tha. Abhi recover hua hoon. Asli Himmatwala toh main hoon! :-/ @Kalyugipondit
Rajveenk: Sajid khan single handedly demolished the progress Hindi cinema made in 50 years. #himmatwala
RajnikantRajput: seriously Himmat chahiye Himmatwala dekhne k liye
pritesh241: After Disturbing Kohli's career, Tamanna has ruined Ajay Devgn and Sajid khan's Himmatwala career.=)) =D X_X :p
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pateldipen196: Himmatwala vohi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jo puri himmatwala dekh le :D
NamanGupta30: #himmatwala I wish to give you oscar for creating such a senseless movie and harassing people for the same. @ItsMoviesTweets
mukulkapoordon: Oh fish himmatwala is just waste of time and money
mono_chromatic_: Today government can order to arrest Sajid Khan for making Himmatwala.
mitulrbhatt: Such bolta hu #APRILFOOL mat samajna. Himatwala boring movie frends Paise aur Time barbad mat karna. Thoda wait kar lo dusri movie aayegi..
mehimanshusingh: #Himmatwala is not a movie. It is the iceberg that sank Titanic.
mbkhan27: Himmatwala -The Epic Lame Movie
manujsharma18: Watched Himmatwala, must say such a crap n waste of funds...Hw come sajid khan gets Producers.?
manudutt: #himmatwala really borrrrrrinnnngggggg ...
listonmapra25: Tried reading a Chinese article on the web... Didn't make much sense; still a better experience than Himmatwala.
Latuhatibaruah: Stupid Sajid khan....bcoz of ur over confidence and challenging to critics is now what u r getting. #bakwaas himmatwala
kulkarnisanjay: You need a lot of "himmat" to start #himmatwala and even more to finish it. I'm the real himmatwala. Eeks! no I don't even want that title.
KshitijHR: Himmatwala is the biggest disaster of the decade beatingRam Gopal Verma Ki Aag. Cheers all AJAY fans. @welovedevgn
kolkatamovies: Himmatwala Review :- "@sendmeabc1d @kolkatamovies Joghonno! Waste of money n time!"
keerthan_g: The only thing that the movie Himmatwala has got right is Tamanna
kami3012: Himmatwala is Simply one of the worst movies in the Histoty of Bollywood. Ajay : Stop doing remakes Sajid : Stop directing #CrapMovie
JokesWitty: #Himmatwala is Sajid Khan's answer to sister Farha's #TeesMaarKhan or brother in law Kunder's #Joker. What a family !
joelbrags: Friends don't let friends watch Himmatwala.
jasssweet: A film like himmatwala deserve to go down..why,coz it will shut doors for many more such crappy stuff..
JadhavSushilvj: Farah Khan challenged Sajid Khan to make something worse than the IPL ads. Sajid Khan made #Himmatwala.
iPrasenjit_M: 30 mins more left for the 2nd Biggest Blunder of 2013 First was #HIMMATWALA and Today its #Dabangg2OnStarPlus @StarPlus
imsaurabhjoshi: Hugely dissapointed by #Himmatwala :(:(:( @ajaydevgn @utvfilms
iamQueenArchana: Don't like new #himmatwala :( the original was so much better and even the older naino main sapana was better @being_shevaal @VarshanSookhun
iamJigar123j: Lashkar - e - sajid owns the responsibility for the failure of the himmatwala
i3bb3s: I still regret that I watched the First Day First Show of #Himmatwala That was my first time and you ruined it >.<
harish_attri: last night I saw himmatwala i want my money back
hariniprabhu: Never walked out of a movie in 2 yrs. #himmatwala broke the record!!
Faiz_roxx: Watched #Himmatwala ... bhai kyun banaye yeh movie marro inke Bum pe laat ..!!!!!!
EdDiFieRr: "#Disasterwala @SinghRowdysingh: @imsaurabhjoshi @ajaydevgn @utvfilms hows the film ..#Flopwala or #Hitwala #Himmatwala"
Donny_Saheb: I hve witnessed Both Chutiyapa Genrated By Saala n Jija to the Hindi Cinema #Joker #Himmatwala
DJaynomics: Sajid Khan astonishes me. I thought he can't go below the level of Housefull. And then he made Himmatwala.
deepsha7: R.I.P whoever watches himatwala!! It will really kill you!m serious it really will!
Deepak_Mj1: sajid khan is a looser he fooled many by saying 3)Himmatwala Willl Be In Top 3 Highest Grossing Films This Year
DarshanBangera: Is it ok to think atleast the TIGER deserves to chomp off Ajay Devgn,Sajid and Vashuji for the agony #Himmatwala
csulive: It requires a 'himmat' to waste money watchng 'himmatwala':-P.:-P
Bollywood_Times: #Himmatwala is so bad + remake of a dull film+poor music..No actor,Noone, can make it a success...
BadMan_returns: Shirish Kundar ki joker..farah khan ka ipl ad..or ab sajid khan ki himmatwala...sala kya poore parivar mein hi defect hai kya...
BabaJogeshwari: Hey Sajid! Your Sis made a great spoof of the 60s & the 70s with OSO. You should've done the same with Himmatwala. Sigh! :-(
ashmita_m: For the very first time in my life i walked out of a movie #Himmatwala
Arpit2311: #Himmatwala Farah Khan chlngd Sajid Khan to make sthing worse than the IPL ads Sajid Khan made Himmatwala. :P
Akilbbz: #Farah Khan should have taught #Sajid Khan how to do the 'Jhampak-Jhampak' dance after losing his wicket on #Himmatwala.
ADshekabhi: Watched the most faltu film of this year....himmatwala!!!!!
adhithyakuttan: Hawk Eyes: ‘Himmatwala’ review: A poor cousin of the original... http://hawk-eyes-cell.blogspot.com/2013/03/himmatwala-review-poor-cousin-of.html?spref=tw #Himmatwala
AbhishekMehtaa: Himmatwaala review - crap+bullshit+mc+bc
abhinav1107: #himmatwala : crapiest movie of all times. If you absolutely must spend tht ticket money, go make a donation.
Abhi972: Those who says that we should not watch pirated movies, should take guarantee that something like HIMMATWALA will never come again.
Aayu17: Movies like Himmatwala are exactly why we all should be allowed to murder one person in our lifetime (Sajid Khan?!)
Not Interested in Watching, by Anup : Dont switch channel,,,,infact switch off ur tv if its on cable
Not Interested in Watching, by samforce : 5
Want to Watch, by Lyricspoints : fine
Want to Watch, by Ramesh Sharma : Love to Watch this movie soon.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by best Hindi lyrics website : fantastic
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Madhu Sharma
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Yes, it's silly and obvious - but we had fun watching it just the same.
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Hindi Songs Lyrics
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