141 Min | Action – Comedy | December 2012
IMDB Rating: 4.2
Director: Ashish R. Mohan
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Asin, Raj Babbar
Khiladi 786 Review: What makes KHILADI 786 conspicuous is the fact that it marks Akshay’s return as ‘Khiladi’ after more than a decade. The led man bashes up 10/15 goons at one go like we swat mosquitoes, punches the wall in anger and the wall crumbles, even gulps down a man as if he we were consuming a soft drink from a straw yes, you read it right. This is a mere sample of what you gonna see in KHILADI 786. So, be prepared. KHILADI 786 is an old-school wacky potboiler. There isn’t an iota of logic here and one is not even looking for intelligence, rationale or justification either. The film is packed with ingredients that constitute a wholesome entertainer such as humor, South-styled stunts with the one-man army outsmarting a bunch of deadly goons and of course, visually enticing songs every 15/20 minutes, but the writing has its share of hiccups, the track of Asin’s lover Rahul Singh is a yawn.
Himesh Reshammiya, who enacts a pivotal part in Khiladi 786, belts out super numbers here. ‘Balma’, ‘Lonely’, ‘Hookah’ and ‘Long Drive’ have already made it to the music charts and are, without doubt, standout tracks. The action sequences are very much macho and executed with zest and enthusiasm. Akshay’s Desi punches, raw and masculine action and the correct comic timing is sure to win a lot of hearts yet again. He is in his element, in complete form, brimming with charm and confidence. He’s the mainstay of the film and lives up to the title every bit. Asin is the prototypical heroine who has to look her best, dance admirably and pair off with her on-screen man. Himesh Reshammiya does very well, while Mithun Chakraborty and Raj Babbar add lots of weight to their characters.
Sanjay Mishra is in his element. Mukesh Tiwari impresses. Johny Lever is under-utilized. Manoj Joshi, Rajesh Khattar, Mukesh Rishi and Gurpreet Guggi are perfect. Mushtaq Khan, Bharti and Rahul Singh deserved better roles. Claudia Ciesla’s item song adds glamor to the proceedings. On the whole, KHILADI 786 is not for purists, but for lovers of hardcore mas-ala films completely. If zany amusement, wacky humor and over the top entertainers is what you enjoy, this one’s for you. Go, have fun!