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 Hatya
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Starring :
 Kader Kashmiri
 Akshay Kumar, Varsha Usgaonkar, Raza Murad, Johnny Lever, Rajendra Gupta,

Subhash K. Jha, IANS Send to Friend

The makers of this movie have played a rather savage joke on Akshay Kumar. "Hatya" is murder for every aesthetic value in cinema. It's a miracle that the mothballed film has survived to make it into the theatres. Though why it should've been made in the first place is a question with no readymade answer.

What's "Hatya" about?

Akshay Kumar plays a snake ....yes! A snake. They kill his father (Navin Nishchol), rape his sister and try to finish off our hero as well.

But hold your horses. Our man is made of a stronger fabric. When the villains trap his legs in a car's steering wheel he breaks the damned thing and uses it is a flying saucer against the baddies.

Akshay survives, thanks to the kind intervention of the neighbourhood cobra whom his father had pampered silly in the backyard. Moral: a snake and son can join fangs to become one.

Akshay's fang club gets a hand up. 'Hiss' Highness now has the power to vanquish the dozen dirty villains, all of whom are given one extra-mean trait to stand out in the crowd.

Pankaj Berry (looking 20 years younger than he does nowadays) adopts a Mumbaiyya tone. Old time crook Sudhir dresses and speaks like a Goan sailor. And the arch - villain Rajendra Gupta is fond of mumbling, "In this world only two things matter zameen (land) and kameen (evil)." How mean.

In one priceless sequence Johnny Lever is brought in for a few chuckles as a professional mourner crying over the death of a villain. "We're incapable of sorrow. So we might as well get professional help," reasons one of the bad guys.

One feels sorry for Akshay Kumar who shoulders the burden of this dead carcass. Though his looks undergo at least three major phases - from very early callow Akshay, to middle-phase Akshay to the groomed and poised here-and-now Akshay - he dubs his banal lines with consistent enthusiasm.

Akshay's love interest is Varsha Usgaonkar whose career in Hindi films ended a decade ago. No one bothered to inform the makers of this canned garbage. At some juncture in the demented plot we're told she's snake researcher.

Off we go to a tacky set representing a village of snake charmers where Usgaonkar does a frantic 'snake dance' to the tune of discordant music from a snake charmer's flute.

Dunno about the snakes, but we're certainly not charmed by this putrid balderdash that does a disservice to its on-the-upswing leading man.


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