Movie: Khiladi 786

Director: Ashish Mohan

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin, Mithun Chakraborty, Himesh Reshammiya

Jagran Rating:   Disappointing

Story Line: Akshay’s latest movie Khiladi 786, which seems to be a replica of Akki’s 2008 flick Welcome’s plot, is a story of a criminal family which wants to get their son married to a reputed family. The film seems to be lacking fun element with wit.

Manshukh Desai (Himesh Reshammiya), a son of wedding planner, is kicked out from his father’s business because of his incompetence. After getting thrown out of his house, he swears to conduct at least one marriage successfully to please his father. Here comes Indu (Asin) the sister of underworld don Tantiya Tukaram Tendulkar (Mithun Chakraborty). Tatya Tukaram Tendulkar assigns Mansukh with a job of finding a groom from a respectable family for his sister.

Manshukh comes across Punjab-da-puttar Bahattar Singh – 72 (Akshay Kumar) who hails from a family of ruffians and bodyguards. His dad Sathattar Singh (Raj Babbar) and uncle Unhattar Singh (Mukesh Rishi) along with Bahattar Singh are seen donning the dresses like cops and dispense justice like them. Bahattar aka Khiladi Bhaiya who wants to get married soon loots trucks, hits people. He wants to keep his family’s real business a secret with a view to get bride. Meanwhile Mansukh takes the pain of getting Indu and Bahattar hitched.

When Tendulkar knows about the Singhs, he puts up a show of being cops so that Bahattar Singh’s family believe that the bride comes from a respectable family.

Thumbs up:
Akshay Kumar as an action star is exceptionally talented and he has proved it time and again. As a loud, gory ruffian who knocks off teeth of people now and then Akki does a good job.
Director Ashish Mohan, who assisted Rohit Shetty in few films, reflects many of his mentor’s traits like over-the-top action scenes and flipping cars. Attar Singh’s cinematography is vibrant and it goes well with the colorful Punjabi mood. Jai Singh’s action is very good. Numbers like ‘Hookah Bar’, ‘Fire Brigade’ are catchy.

Thumbs down:  The script seems to be written by someone who loves Akshay's humorous heroics and his emphatic but spoofy hijinks. Both the traits are amply accentuated in the script. Asin looks good and tries hard to play the gangster’s sister. She has hardly acted in this movie. Himesh Reshammiya tries his best to act as a ‘Gujju’ but alas he fails to strike the right chord. The old adage ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ goes well with Himesh who tries his hand in everything (he’s the producer, storywriter, music director, singer and actor in the film) and gets nothing. Raj Babbar and Mukesh Rishi remain unnoticed.

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