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Himmatwala

CBFC Rating: U/A

Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance

Why

Was

Himmatwala

Even

Remade?

1.5 out of 5

Himmatwala Review

What's Good:
Mahesh Manjrekar and Paresh Rawal are convincing as evil sarpanch and his side kick respectively.
What's Bad:
Everything else other than stated above, to be precise -- sufferable attempts of comedy, painfully overlong, and utterly devoid of any genuine touches of inspiration.
Verdict:
Himmatwala demands a lot of 'Himmat' from its audiences to swallow in the dim witted stupidity! This is more of a torture than any sort of entertainment.
Watch or Not:
If you really want to go lunatic, want to really, really spoil your mood -- so be it!

Audience Ratings for Himmatwala

49.0%
45 Ratings
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hate it don't like it it's ok it's good it's great

Plot Summary

The biggest remake of the 80s Bollywood cult classic 'Himmatwala' is a story a poor and wronged woman's son returns from the big city to avenge his father, a honest school teacher.

Critics Reviews for Himmatwala

0 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 11 | Positive Review: 0 | Negative Review: 11 | Average Rating: 1.5/5

HIMMATWALA takes you back to the familiar terrain. It's the typical good versus bad saga loaded with every possible ingredient that makes masala films tick. Sajid ensures that those who have watched the earlier HIMMATWALA -- or those who haven't watched it -- get paisa vasool entertainment in those 2.30 hours, but, unfortunately, what unfolds on screen is so routine and monotonous that you fervently hope for some novelty in this adaptation. One doesn't mind massy entertainers, but there has to be a hook to keep the viewer's attention arrested. On the whole, HIMMATWALA fails as a film. The only silver lining is the presence of A-list stars and of course, the hype surrounding the film, which might attract footfalls in mass-friendly circuits initially. But as a film that promises big entertainment, HIMMATWALA is hugely disappointing!
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Taran Adarsh
Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama.com

Sajid Khan’s “entertainer” ‘Himmatwala’ starring Ajay Devgn has all the ingredients of a mindless masala film. But it does jolt you at regular intervals, for sopping up a 30-year-old formula, proves fatal to your contemporary digestive system! In totality, the film is a typical masala entertainer, as director Sajid Khan would like to put it. You will certainly get entertained only if you had nursed the desire to travel back in time, especially to an era when cinema revolved around a helpless mother-daughter duo and their life-savior ‘Himmatwala’. One and half for the film and half a star more for Paresh Rawal.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Gayatri Sankar
Gayatri Sankar
Zee News

You'll laugh at Sajid Khan's remake of Himmatwala if not with it. The new Himmatwala displays this quality but only in spurts and superficially. Sajid Khan loves big scale but the production values of all his films, their aesthetics, g are consistently tacky. Himmatwala is no different. In one of the films' hilariously tragic scenes, a character says, 'Teri maa, meri maa. Teri bahen, meri bahen.' But even though I sincerely tried Sajid, 'teri audience cannot be meri audience.'
Critic Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Sukanya Verma
Sukanya Verma
Rediff.com

Himmatwala is painfully overlong, insufferably silly and utterly devoid of any genuine touches of inspiration. It is a mindless potpourri that brings together the worst ingredients of 1980s Hindi cinema and parlays them into a messy mélange that quivers repeatedly under its own weight. Sajid Khan not only believes in the ‘anything goes’ philosophy that drives a segment of the Mumbai movie industry, he also dares to go out on a limb to try and pull it off in practice.
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Saibal Chatterjee
Saibal Chatterjee
NDTV

I expected Himmatwala to be predictable, not only because I have faint memories of the older film, but because it follows such a template. I also expected it to be annoying, and it doesn't disappoint on both scores. But I didn't think it would be so dull. We smile at this line. Because it is a smart send-up of the films we used to love despite themselves. If this Himmatwala had adopted that tone and kept it flowing through the film, it would have been something to watch. Devgn manages to get it in a couple of moments, but only in a couple. In the rest, it needs all your courage. Hai himmat?
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Shubhra Gupta
Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

Himmatwala demands excessive himmat from the audiences to sustain it through all its exasperating buffoonery laced with dim witted stupidity. Walk out of hall and queue up for the refund Sajid Khan promised you. See you there!
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Mohar Basu
Mohar Basu
Koimoi.com

If you are seriously planning for Sajid Khan's Himmatwala this weekend, here's a warning for you - Do not spoil your next two days. This movie has all the ingredients to make you go lunatic. Yes, I'm certainly not exaggerating as I mean it. We understand the need of funny, light-hearted movies these days, amidst our busy schedule, but this (Himmatwala) is more of a torture than any sort of entertainment.
Critic Score: 1/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Nabanita Roy
Nabanita Roy
Entertainment OneIndia

The 80's make a tacky come back in Himmatwala. Yes, the props and the sets are in sync (posters of Madonna from her Like a Virgin days) and the colors are jarring enough to remind us of Doordarshan's pre telecast static screen days, but despite the trickery and tom foolery, what lacks is the right approach to making a regressive age old story of revenge and justice. Coming from a director who claims to represent majority of the country's audience and hascarved a niche for himself through TV shows, Himmatwala is a sorry excuse for a film.
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Tushar Joshi
Tushar Joshi
DNA

Due credit first, to Sajid Khan for honesty. Note how the posters describe Himmatwala as A Sajid Khan Entertainer. Nowhere do they specify it is a 'film'. Entertainment, unlike film, is a variable asset, Sajid would perhaps argue. One persona€™s entertainment can be another's headache.
Critic Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Vinayak Chakravorty
India Today

The problem with Sajid Khan’s ‘Himmatwala’ is the director can’t make-up his mind whether he wants to make a spoof or whether he wants to recreate the nostalgia of the 1980s. The film thus hangs in a precarious balance vacillating between the two extremes.
Critic Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Rummana Ahmed
Rummana Ahmed
Yahoo! Movies

When Himmatwala ended, I felt like I had aged a few years. Honestly, you need real courage to brave this one.
Critic Score: 1

March 29, 2013 Full Review
Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

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