Ashish R. Mohan’s Khiladi 786 (2012) Movie Review


Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin, Himesh Reshammiya, Sanjay Mishra, Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar, Mukesh Rishi.
Director: Ashish R. Mohan
Twinkle Khanna (Hari Om Entertainment Company), Himesh Reshammiya (HR Musik) and Sunil Lulla (Eros International)
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Censor Certificate: U
Runtime: 141 minutes

To prove his worth to his father, Mansukh (Himesh) takes up an unusual challenge of getting the underworld don, TT Bhai’s [Mithun Chakraborty] spoilt sister Indu [Asin] married to a cop 72 Singh [Akshay Kumar] in Punjab. Mansukh convinces TT Bhai to pretend as a cop. Little do they know that 72 Singh, his father 70 Singh [Raj Babbar] and his uncle 71 Singh [Mukesh Rishi] are not cops, but a family of con-men. The story takes a shape as the two hardcore families of two different states pretend to be policemen in front of each other and the beans from each side can be spilled anytime which can be life threatening for Mansukh. Soon the secrets are revealed and chaos begins.

Akshay returns as Khiladi after 12 long years and he performs well. However, there are some scenes where the protrusion of heroism of Akshay went little extremes. Asin is good in both looks n histrionics. Mukesh Rushi – Raj Babbar – Mithun are adequate. Himesh is okay as stupefied wedding planner.

Khiladi 786 has a backdrop, which is similar to the new age movies (Like, Welcome, SOS etc..) of the kind, but the absence of credible storyline is always felt. Ashish R. Mohan (assistant to Rohit Shetty) possessed similar skills from his mentor and displays some of the Typical Rohit Shetty sequences in his own style. Director has good taste at doing goofy scenes. What Khiladi 786 seriously lacks is a proper screenplay and a firm narration. Khiladi 786 starts pretty well and things continue to remain okay during the twenty minutes or so. But then, problems begin and the second half is a mishmash of episodes, which are flimsy and often, dizzy.

 Himesh has given first rate songs and background music. Cinematography by Attar Singh is all right. Ashish Gaikar’s editing could have been crispier. Dialogues by Bunty Rathore are apt.

It is at times fun to watch some mindless entertainers without caring for the logic. But Khiladi 786 just questions your intelligence and tests your patience.

Survi Review: 1.5/5

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