72 Singh. Ya, that's Akshay Kumar's name in Khiladi 786. Why 786? Because he has palm lines which looks like 786 is written on it. We are not told this but he has super human power thanks to these numbers which can make him fight like the characters from Kung Fu Hustle and gives him super human 'raftaar' which no one has seen except the audience of this film.
Akshay's super hero character had solid potential to turn this film into a fantasy film made for kids but the makers decide to spend valuable screen time on getting him married.
Himesh Reshammiya has smartly made another film for himself by putting Akshay in the foreground. If his career as an actor had taken off the story he has written would have had him playing the lead and a well known comedian playing the role he chose to play.
My 7 year old nephew asked me how many stars I would give this film. I said 2. When I asked him the same question he said 4. He said â€œmast action haiâ€ I said â€œ teen hi toh fight sequence haiâ€. He went quiet for some time then replied â€œ gaane bhi toh mast haiâ€. I didn't have a comeback. He had decided he liked the film and nothing else mattered to him.
He is right now the perfect audience for such kind of nautanki that has been happening in the name of masala entertainment. Honestly there were a couple of pj's I liked in the film and the music was not that bad. Balmaa and Khiladi Bhaiyya are still stuck in my head but the film made me come out screaming 'O balm laa'
the silly plot tests your patience plus there are side tracks which do not work at all out which Himesh takes up major screen time.
Final few words - a word of advice to makers who make these nautanki shows under the guise of a film. Keep these shows for a fixed duration of 90 mins. maybe it will help make them a bit bearable.
Rating - ** (Below Average)
Ticket Meter - worth 100 bucks ( only for fans of Akshay Kumar)