CRITICS REPORT: Akshay Kumar's Khiladi 786 gets mixed reviews


By Hindustan Times
Director: Ashish R Mohan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar, Himesh Reshammiya
Genre: Action
Story: Himesh Reshammiya
After hits like Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore and OMG: Oh My God! this year, Akshay Kumar is back with Khiladi 786. While some critics call it a mindless entertainer, others have tagged it as a wannabe funny movie.
Will this be Akshay's fourth hit of 2012, or will it have the same fate as his another 2012 release Joker. Time will tell!
Meanwihile, here's what the critics have to say:
Reviewer: Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating: *** 1/2
Akshay Kumar, who tasted super success earlier this year with Rowdy Rathore [besides Housefull 2 and OMG - Oh My God!], comes up with his second masala outing before the year draws to a close, Khiladi 786. What makes KHILADI 786 conspicuous is the fact that it marks Akshay's return as 'Khiladi' after more than a decade. Khiladi 786 borrows the 'Khiladi' brand, but has no correlation with the 'Khiladi' movies attempted earlier. Khiladi 786 has a skeletal plot, but is padded with ingredients that are aimed at the hoi polloi: The lead 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!
On the whole, Khiladi 786 is not for purists, but for lovers of hardcore masala films completely. If zany amusement, wacky humor and over the top entertainers is what you enjoy, this one's for you. Go, have fun!
Reviewer: Madhureeta Mukherjee, TOI
Rating: ***
Bollywood's original Khiladi is back from self-imposed exile; still with a heart of gold, the pride of a true-blooded Singh and mighty-muscles of steel. And of course, a truck-load of even more Singhs - welcome the players. But before we lose count, let's 'count' the global Singhs - each of them with a Number for a name. To start with, Bahattar (read: 72) Singh, aka Khiladi bhaiyya ( Akshay Kumar), his father Sattar Singh ( Raj Babbar) with his Canadian wife and African mother. Add on Ikhattar Singh ( Mukesh Rishi) and his Chinese wife. Just in case you realize number 73 is missing, keep guessing.
For those looking for some logic-less laughtime, groovy tunes topped with some todh-podh - this one could bring some action to your weekend.
Reviewer: Subhash K Jha, IANS
Rating: ***
What can be said about a film where a couple named Mili and Bhagat conspire to bring their employer's empire down? Mili? Bhagat? Get it? Khiladi 786 is the kind comic orgy done in shades of green, orange and pink, which doesn't require us to strain our brain. The kicks and grunts, guffaws and chortles, the antics raillery and tomfoolery flow out unstoppered like an uncapped toothpaste tube. The formula is simple. And stark. Get the audience to laugh at any cost. And some of it does work quite well. Shukriya.
Khiladi 786 is an oddball of a dhamaka that blends slapstick with stunts. It is farcical fun from first frame to the last. Go, have a blast.
Reviewer: Kanika Sikka, DNA
Rating: **
If only the filmmakers understand that we’ve had too much of the clichéd cop image. First Dabangg, then Singham, then Rowdy Rathore and now Khiladi 786. And wait, there’s more…it’s Dabangg 2 in a few weeks from now. Khiladi 786 has all the conventional elements that a typical masala film has – a bad cop, a runaway bride, a lachar goon, songs after every few minutes…Yet, it fails to create an impact.
The story by Himmesh Reshammiya is a complex mix of innumerable films and it would be best if you don’t even judge it. Indeed, I’d like to believe he never intended to write a logical story or a telling tale.
Reviewer: Shubir Rishi, Rediff
Rating: 1/2
Disclaimer: The writer of this review has been brought up on a constant diet of bad-good movies such as Gunda, Clerk, Saawariya and Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon, and his patience for such movies is limitless. BUT I have also lost count of the number of times I have wanted to run away, or close my eyes and wished the movie was finished.
The last such movie was unfortunately another Akshay Kumar starrer called Joker. These movies come under a category called SO-bad-I-want-to-be-The-Punisher. This is a wannabe funny movie, an assault on our collective intellect.