Back in the 90s, the ‘Khiladi’ series wasn’t a hugely successful franchise, nor was Akshay the ‘superstar’ that he is today. With death-defying stunts, over-the-top action and comedy, the Khiladi films catered mainly to the masses. A decade later, Akshay returns with Khiladi 786 also starring Asin, Himesh Reshammiya and Mithun Chakraborty. The film is directed by debutante director Ashish R Mohan.
Khiladi 786 Story: There isn’t any.
Khiladi 786 Review
As an assistant director for films like All The Best, Sunday and the entire Golmaal series, director Ashish R Mohan, quite obviously, comes from the Rohit Shetty school of film-making. Flying cars, high-octane action sequences, men flying around all over the place, the hero walking and dancing on people’s heads.. Khiladi 786 has some of the most exaggerated scenes you’ll ever see.
To add to the fun, we have some outrageously funny character names – Akshay is Bahattar Singh (72 Singh), his father is Sattar Singh (70 Singh) and his uncle is Ikhatthar Singh (71 Singh). There is a underworld don named TTT – Tatya Tukaram Tendulkar!!
It’s that sort of film.. you have to leave your brains back at home and enjoy the harmless fun. The film is fast-paced and has some genuinely funny moments. In a short special appearance, Johnny Lever brings the house down with his gag on Arvind Kejriwal and Kambli – Tendulkar.
The songs in the film remind you of David Dhawan films in the 90s. An introduction song right at the beginning, one item number, a song when the hero first looks at the heroines photo, a couple of songs while they day-dream. In short, about 5-6 unnecessary songs.. a must for massy-films.
Akshay Kumar plays his part well. Much like his comic-timing, Akshay’s style and body language while performing the action sequences is unmatched in the industry. Asin looks beautiful. A non-actor like Himesh Reshammiya is wasting his time trying too hard to act. Mukesh Tiwari is very good. Mukesh Tiwari as Himesh’s sidekick is brilliant. Mithun Chakraborty excels in a role that’s similar to Housefull 2. Raj Babbar is good. Sadly, Mukesh Rishi who makes a comeback after a long time doesn’t have too many dialogues.
Overall, Khiladi 786 is a one-time watch. A typical masala entertainer – forced action sequences, loud characters, too many songs, storyline without an iota of logic or sense.. the latest Khiladi film has got it all. Love such films? Enjoyed watching Ready/Son Of Sardar/Bol Bachchan? Go ahead, book your Khiladi 786 tickets now! The rest, can skip this.
Other notes and box office: I enjoyed both Rowdy Rathore and Housefull 2 a lot more than Khiladi 786. The response at a multiplex in Mumbai was mixed, 50-60% of the audience were thoroughly enjoying the film. The rest were silent, a few walked out in between. So.. Khiladi 786 will not be universally successful like the two other Akshay Kumar films this year. It will work big time at mass-centres, but business at big city multiplexes will drop Monday onwards.