By Hindustan Times
Direction: Sajid Khan
Actors: Ajay Devgn, Mahesh Manjrekar, Paresh Rawal
More than anything, Himmatwala is a reminder of why the ’80s are considered the worst decade in Hindi cinema. The film is an excruciating experience. It begins with a close-up of a disco ball, and it’s downhill from there.
I have very little memory of the original 1983 blockbuster, but this remake is so painful that I longed for Sridevi, Jeetendra and his trademark white shoes.
Director and co-writer Sajid Khan isn’t spoofing the ’80s. He’s celebrating and recreating the decade. So we have the coughing mother, the sister who almost gets raped, the shrewish heroine who is inevitably tamed, and a despotic villain named Sher Singh, who is the sarpanch of a village called Ramnagar.