|I strongly believe that it’s not the plotline that makes or breaks a
film. There are films boasting of skeletal and beaten to death plots
but have worked wonders thanks to an effective script and execution.
Khiladi 786 sadly isn’t one of those films. When one is attempting to
present a fairly predictable story, it’s important that the dialogues
and one-liners entice loads of laughter. Unfortunately, that doesn’t
happen and what one gets to see are the same old sequences/jokes
repackaged to the viewers!
The story of the movie: Mansukh (Himesh Reshammiya) is the
worthless son of marriage bureau owner Champak Lal (Manoj Joshi) who
has unintentionally ruined many marriages fixed by his father. To
prove his worth, Mansukh takes up a tough challenge – he attempts to
get Indu (Asin), sister of dreaded don Tatya Tukaram Tendulkar (Mithun
Chakraborty) hitched with the Khiladi 786, Bahattar Singh (Akshay
Kumar), a cop in Punjab police. Realizing that nobody is willing to
marry Indu because of his gangster image, Tatya or TT as he calls
himself accepts Mansukh’s suggestion and masquerades as ACP in front
of Bahattar and his family. On the other hand, Indu is a firebrand
lady who decides to try every trick in her book to scare off Bahattar.
How these mad characters create problems and come out of it is what
Khiladi 786 is all about.
Himesh Reshammiya’s plot gives a deja vu of No Entry, Welcome,
Ready, Housefull 2 and many other films that focused on a bunch of
characters hiding a terrible truth from a dreaded person, leading to
hilarious situations. Only few dialogues work here and there.
Otherwise, the one-liners are not impressive and don’t entice laugh.
Even the situations are ordinary and one knows where the film is
heading. Hence, it’s not the waferthin plot that’s the culprit…it’s
the substandard script that makes Khiladi 786 a disappointment.
On the positive side, there are flashes of originality which works
big time. The characters in Khiladi 786 are damn interesting and the
‘multi-coloured’ family of Bahattar, comprising of women from China,
Canada and even Africa, was well thought of. Also, their names
(Bahattar, Sattar, Ikhattar and so on) were a good idea. The entire
track of Azad (Rahul Singh), who plays Indu’s lover, was hilarious and
also the bond he shared with the jailor (Mukesh Tiwari). Mansukh and
his quest of getting a jodi hitched and the relevance of 786 in
context to ‘Kharoch-proof’ Akshay Kumar’s character were the other
factors that were original and which saves the film from becoming an
ultimate disappointment. However, things like these weren’t enough and
the film on the whole fails to work.
Performances are upto the mark. Akshay Kumar plays the Dabangg
‘inspector’ beautifully. He’s a pro when it comes to performing such
characters and Khiladi 786 is no exception. His entry is powerful and
he shines in the songs too. Asin as always looks beautiful and
performs well. Mithun Chakraborty looks dashing as the Maharashtrian
don. Surprisingly, Akshay and Mithun hardly exchange words throughout
the film. Rahul Singh is hilarious and surprise package of the film.
Earlier this year, he impressed in Chaar Din Ki Chandni and Jalpari.
Here’s an actor to watch out for! Mukesh Rishi, Gurpreet Ghuggi and
Raj Babbar were okay. Sanjay Mishra (coffin and ‘kafan’ seller) does
fine in his small role. Rajesh Khattar (Inspector Jugnu) shines while
Johny Lever (Inspector Kambli) raises laughs with his ‘Kejriwal’
dialogue. Bharti Singh and Mushtaq Sheikh disappoint and the twist in
their tale was meaningless. Claudia Ciesla sizzles in the item song
And lastly, Himesh Reshammiya proves he can act well! It’s great to
see that he has shed his larger-than-life hero image and settled for
supporting roles in the ‘Ashish Chowhdhry’ category, which is a good
thing. Except for a scene in the end, he was effortless and seemed
ease while acting. He has composed songs too and except Lonely, the
rest deserve to be chartbusters! Sanjoy Salil Chowdhury’s background
score is loud at places but works in a film like this. Jai Singh’s
action is apt.
As aforementioned, story is predictable, though few nuances stand
out. Kushal Ved Bakshi’s script, Bunty Rathore’s dialogues and Ashish
R Mohan’s direction could have managed to turn this film into a
thorough entertainer but fail to do so. Hence, though the film has
quite a few plusses, it doesn’t work as a whole.
On the whole, Khiladi 786 offers nothing new in general. Story is
predictable and script and direction do little in salvaging the
situation. Music, performances and flashes of originality here and
there save the film from becoming an ultimate disaster. The film
needed someone of the caliber of Anees Bazmee or Rohit Shetty and
Sajid-Farhad. At the box office, Khiladi 786 has opened below
expectations and thanks to a mostly negative feedback, the film hardly
has any chances of becoming a commercial hit. This time, the Khiladi