Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah Bhatia's New Himmatwala Hindi Film Review: Impressive Tiger Act

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal / WBRINN
jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com

Himmatwala 2013 Hindi film outdoor poster in Calcutta

Kolkata, March 31, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Sajid Khan’s remake of the Jitendra - Sridevi blockbuster stars Ajay Devgn and Tamannah as the lead pair.

Himmatwala 2013 Hindi film outdoor poster in Calcutta

The story of Himmatwala is set in the year 1983 and starts with a hot item dance number featuring Sonakshi Sinha with the song's lyrics apt for the Good Friday release.

Ravi (Ajay Devgn) is a professional fighter who earns his livelihood by kicking and punching in a fight club owned by Michael Jaikishen (Chunkey Pandey) (yes - he is a fan of Michael Jackson). To take a break from his violent livelihood, he decides to go for a vacation to his native village Ramnagar. He has a painful past. His father was forced to commit suicide after being humiliated publicly. His mother (Zarina Wahab) and sister (Leela Zumani) were left to die in a fire. Sher Singh (Mahesh Manjerakar), the cruel and oppressive feudal lord of the village, is responsible for all the sufferings of Ravi and his family.

Ravi returns to find his mother and sister still alive but very poor. Ravi sets out to settle his score with Sher Singh and goons which include his brother-in-law Narayan Das (Paresh Rawal).

A lot of muscle-work and mouthing followes. Men get smashed like tomatoes and Ravi turns into a smashing stone personified. In the meantime love grows in Ravi's heart like a flower on stone for Rekha (Tammanah Bhatia) - the pretty daughter of Sher Singh. Rekha reciprocates and what happens after that is to be watched on the big screen. But there is another unexpected twist in the plot that may surprise you.

Ajay Devgn does no ‘golmaal’ in taking his macho image a few notches higher than ‘Singham’ (After all he had to be fierier than a big cat as he had a bit of competition with a Royal Bengal Tiger).

Telegu filmstar Tamannah is a really pretty pick and has been given enough opportunities to glam herself up for a good Bollywood debut. But she is no Sridevi when it comes to acting or dancing and thus it would be unfair to go for a comparison.

Outstanding as always, Paresh Rawal relieves the audience with some good humour. Zarina and Leela were assigned to do all the tear shedding, well along with the audience.

A special mention must be made of the tiger act in the film which will surely get a thumbs up from all those who now miss big cats in the circus.



Watch Himmatwala (2013) Official Trailer - Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah Bhatia