Himmatwala Movie Poster
Himmatwala Movie Poster


While everyone unanimously slammed Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala, it came as blow to all Ajay Devgn fans who were expecting a box office shattering performance from the film. Sajid’s confidence, rather arrogant overconfidence had created a larger than life hype which went a step ahead to hammer down the expectations of all. Besides a roaring opening, courtesy a Sajid Khan directed Ajay Devgn starrer film and a national holiday, a negative word of the mouth publicity has done this film irreparable damage, for good.

So the huge question remains why does Himmatwala disappoint or fail? Contrary to the humungous expectations placed on the film, it fails mainly for its conception itself. Since I had the unfortunate work woe of critiquing the film, I can cross my heart and assure our readers, it is essentially maiming for our mental health to watch a ridiculous and poor film like Himmatwala.

While remakes are all about lending to classics a newer perspective, the problem in this case is Himmatwala was neither a classic nor there was an ounce of refashioning involved. The film will rather traumatizing-ly remind you of the clichés of 80s, often deemed to be the worst decade of Hindi cinema. While Farhan Akhtar’s Don was a fantastic remake of the old classic, with a vibrant screenplay and fresh vision, Agneepath’s remake was a piece of neat work done artistically. Himmatwala however shifts between a spoof and a remake, enough to scar similar ventures in Bollywood for a long time to come.

It was easily assumed that Himmatwala will smoothly surpass 100 crores and establish newer box office records. However, the miscalculation occurred right after its first show concluded. The negative word of the mouth publicity as social network statuses and mostly critics, all ensured the film scrambles right through.

While in recent times, a lot of undeserving, ridiculous films have raked excessive revenue unnecessarily, Himmatwala seems to have suffered the rightful culminated brunt of it all. Films like Son Of Sardaar, Dabangg and Dabangg 2, even Bol Bachchan, all attempts to tickle the audiences’ funny bone, in all its mindlessness and stupidity. Yet, Himmatwala dauntingly yet differently makes the audiences suffer. Recreating corny 80s’ dialogues and fight with tigers, giving the film’s actor almost superhero powers becomes all too much to digest in one shot. Comparing it with all the above films which might be slightly mindless but all set in the contemporary times which makes it more plausible! 80s’ were a period of glossy frames, overbearing melodrama and stories which are typical – a wronged mother, bichari sister, avenging hero and a heroine who is randomly placed on the hero’s shoulder for dancing around the tress.

While Bollywood has come of age, assigning the real power to scripts and rejecting hero worship giving way to talented acting by celebrating the wonderful work of newcomer actors in a brilliant film, like the recent Kai Po Che! Himmatwala tries to pave way for the 80s’ terrain of thought which becomes unbearable to relate to!

The film fails for its lack of vision, overuse of loud elements, tacky colors, dimwitted dialogues and creating a poor replica of a 1983 mediocre film in 2013 which seems irrelevant and misplaced. Blemishing the face of mindlessly hilarious entertainment, the film will be remembered in a mundane, dark way for being so utterly ridiculous that audiences napped their way through it!

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Bet Aditya Chopra must be having a laugh, Ajay Devgn has found the hard way that Karma is a bitch, what goes around comes around…!

  2. Quality of Sajid khan movies has decreased with each movie…..he is trying to become India’s James Cameron.
    Original Himmatwala was worst movie….Don,Devdas & Agneepath are remake of Classic…..with Hitmmatwala Sajid tried to make a ‘Worst Classic’.
    Very happy that this Crap failed,now filmmakers will think many times before making Crap like this.
    I was also wanted Dabangg,Dabangg 2,Ready,SOS,BB etc to flop but they didn’t.
    I want CE,Mental and Dhoom 3 to be a quality masala movie like Om Shanti Om,Gajini & Wanted not pathetic like SOS,Dabangg,Bodyguard etc etc….Rowdy Rathore is quite OK.
    Ajay should realise that he is not a ‘Superstar’ and should do movies like Gangajal,Apharan etc.Otherwise everyone will forget that he is a Great Actor.

    Agree with @Lawrence,Himmatwala:A Sajid Khan Disaster.

    • aur sab to theek hai bhai par don remake classic kaise ho gayi…aur CE ka wait kar raha hai are wo bhi to same masala movie hai….seedha bol na yaar tu srk ka fan hai aur srk kuch bhi kare wo tughe achha hi lagna hai…..

      • Bhai,when i said SRK’s Don is Classic…i said it is a remake of classic….i am SRK fan and i will watch CE atleast on time.I will watch it again if it get positive review from Critics.As i said Wanted,Om Shanti Om & Gajini are quality masala movie and i want CE to be like that.How you can review a movie before it’s release….wait for Critical responce.

  3. Himmatwala failed because people only like Akshay kumar in sajid’s movies because Akshay is the real king of bollywood and sorry for Ajay

  4. Sajid Khan is the reason for this disaster. He should retire in shame from movie making. Boasting, over confidence and arrogance doesn’t make him even better. Ajay Devgun should learn his lesson that now he’s only wasting his acting skills in stupid mindless movies. Way back when an Ajay Starrer would be released, it was like a “Yeah!!” feeling (same for Akshay), but now it’s like “Oh Man, Not Again” feeling. Ajay (and Akshay), please upgrade yourselves – else your movies will fare worse than those B-Grades Movies :P

  5. himmatwala is a good movies.but audience are disappoint by this movie.dont worry ajay your upcoming movie singham 2 superhit best of luck for singham 2

  6. Aaj me ne three film dekhi.
    Jolly llb
    rangrej
    and himatwala
    himmatwala is worst movie.waste of time,himmatwala is blackspote on bollywood.

  7. Oh Dabang was a mindless film
    jalo jalo Salman se,he is the undisputed king of Bollywood.Every year his movie is at the top of all movies,why srk movies are not even top 5 spots

  8. Went and watched Himmatwala yesterday. My doctor says there’s tumorous growth around the area of the brain which judges intelligence. Also seeing psychiatrists but to no avail. Planning to file PIL in court after recovery.—- Doctors have warned to stay away from David Dhawan and Sajid Khan films for atleast 50 years.

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