With a hat-trick of super successful films, with one bigger than the previous accredited to him, director Sajid Khan now undoubtedly ranks amongst the most sought after and top directors of the Hindi film industry. And despite bearing the brunt of non-stop criticism, he has always delivered what the audience wants, proving his detractors wrong. Naturally his upcoming film, HIMMATWALA, which is an official remake of the Jeetendra-Sridevi blockbuster of the same name, becomes a highly anticipated venture especially after the superb theatrical trailer (and song promos) that has managed to arouse the curiosity of the audience even further!
While the music of the original was composed by Bappi Lahiri and most of the songs were chartbusters, in the case of the remake, music directors Sajid-Wajid, the masters of masala
filmy music (DABANGG 1&2, HOUSEFULL 2 and ROWDY RATHORE) have been assigned the task and Sachin-Jigar are the guest composers. Two very popular songs, the rights of which rests with renowned music label Saregama, also feature from the original soundtrack. So let's get going straight into the 'masala'
retro mode and check out the music which promises to be as exciting and popular as the original.
The first on the list is the chartbusting 'Taki Taki'
from the original, and this highly addictive dance number is given a new look and feel and has been adequately refurbished without diluting the old world charm of the original by Sajid-Wajid. The Master of chartbusters, Mika Singh, has been chosen to do the honours in his irresistible, most loved style, and giving him company is the neo nightingale Shreya, and the duo are simply superb. The lyrics (by Indeevar) too remain the same and the effect too is the same! Yes, simply chartbusting... again! CHECK OUT: Ajay Devgn speaks in 5 different languages
Though we have had numerous situational numbers that strengthen national integration but trust Sajid and Sajid-Wajid to come up with a superb item number, 'Dhoka Dhoka,
which does exactly that, and that too in a very entertaining manner. The queen of item numbers, Sunidhi Chauhan and the flavor of the moment Mamta Sharma, along with Bappi Lahiri (the new item crooner after 'Ooh La La'
), feature in this all out 'masala'
dance track, and the end result is fantastic, chartbusting! Sameer Anjaan's lyrics are the USP of the track and the use of all the major languages like Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi etc. in the beginning of each stanza is unique and has been intelligently put in!
Tamannaah Bhatia on the other hand sets off with the proverbial bang in her initial scenes as the rich girl who hates ''garibs''. You immediately hate her. And that is a big plus for any actor.
She carries off the 80s style short dresses with aplomb and positions herself well alongside Devgn to match him 'frame for frame'. However, towards the end, when her role loses sting, she is left at the mercy of the screenplay. Sajid has failed to use her well. Hopefully, we will see more of this girl in Bollywood.
Another factor, which goes against the movie is its length - it is 30 minutes too long. Unnecessarily, Sajid tries to include humour that backfires and a newer twist that is supposed to entertain, but which disengages the viewer. CHECK OUT: Paresh Rawal does breakdance in HIMMATWALA
To Sajid's credit, it must be said that he has maintained the quirky tackiness of the 80s and has already created his own brand of followers. He is clear in his mandate that his films are for the masses and he packs this movie too with every possible formula. There is a sarpanch, a wronged family, a rich girl, a tired mother, an abused bahu
, and even a dialogue with a God as the son is being thrashed by goons, imploring her chamatkar
Methinks, Sajid has lost out on a good opportunity to recreate a blockbuster because of his over-indulgence.
No one is able to support Ajay Devgn's ferocity, save for Tamannah. But that role was supposed to be played by Mahesh Manjrekar!
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Ajay Devgn, Tamannah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Paresh Rawal, Tammannah, Mahesh Manjrekar, Paresh Rawal and Zarina Wahab
Lyrics: Indeevar, Sameer Anjaan and Mayur Puri, Sameer Anjaan, Mayur Puri
Director: Sajid Khan
Music Director: Sajid-Wajid, Sachin-Jigar and Bappi Lahiri, Sachin Jigar, Bappi Lahiri
- Release Date : 29 Mar 2013