This is Ashish R Mohan's directorial debut but having assisted on the 'Golmaal' series, he is quite familiar with the shortcut to the 100 crore club; sign up a well-liked Bollywood actor, pack in a few well-choreographed Matrix-style action sequences, pepper the story with clichéd slapstick humour, throw in an item song full with pelvic thrusts and you have the perfect blockbuster that will set the cash registers ringing.
Movies designed to challenge rules of cinema and keep amused to an utmost ridiculous level. Time to throw out the logic and judge the movie based solely on its entertainment value. So, is the return of the Khiladi franchise worth you hard earned money? Does it deliver the escapist kind of ridiculous masala cinema to warrant 2hours and 30 minutes from your busy schedule?
Himesh Reshammiya writes for debutant Ashish R Mohan, a protégé of Rohit Shetty, and has churned out a masala comedy/action entertainer. Bahattar Singh (Akshay Kumar) is a hired fake cop for Punjab Police who despite being his dashing self is an absolute non-eligible bachelor courtesy of his profession. Indu Tendular (Asin) is a gutsy Marathi girl, sister to one of the most feared dons of Mumbai, Tatya Tukaram Tendulakar (Mithun Chakraborty). Unlike Bahattar it's her brother's profession that renders her as not exactly the most desirable wife and daughter-in-law in town. Aspiring matchmaker Manuskh (Himesh Reshammiya) by fate's twists and turns ends up being assigned the task to find Tatya's sister a nice suitable boy. He takes up the challenge as a chance to finally prove his matchmaking talents to his father. However, both families are exactly what the other does not want, as they're hardly the upstanding citizens they want for in-laws. How a grand façade is put up to execute this wedding is what Khiladi 786 is all about.
The main surprise in Khiladi 786 is not the performance or a twist in the story but rather the fact that Himesh wrote such a wholesome entertainer. No doubt its one cleverly crafted script that has the potential to reel the masses in quite effortlessly. The movie's general premise of adopting fake identities to win a bride/groom may remind you of Salman Khan and Asin starrer Ready however Khiladi 786 has enough of its own exclusive elements to not be lost in the Aziz Bazmee blockbuster's shadows.
Ashish delivers a movie that entertains and keeps you engaged for the most part however one cannot deny that some portions absolutely annoy. The multicultural element to the Singh family for one is a comedy portion you simply don't find amusing or humorous in any way. In fact it comes across as rather offensive to those cultures. There also seems to be too many characters thus forcing the writer to give them screen-time. This means that portions unquestionably end up looking dragged. Surely the end revelation of the family's identity could have done without having to write Mili-Bhagat's characters in. Johnny Lever is unluckily one of those additions.
Very little can be told about Akshay Kumar because a role like this is something he could possibly do in his sleep yet you see him giving it his 200% energy, which is oh so praiseworthy. You particularly notice this in songs, which are something he could have slacked off on yet he's there completely with plenty of energy. Asin on the other hand is the heroine you want to whistle for when she enters! Her character is a kick-ass gutsy Marathi mulgi and she pulls it off naturally. She may not be doing your serious female character orientated movies but sure has a knack for selecting masala scripts that definitely have some scope for her. The movie has a killer of a supporting cast but since the jokes around the Singh family come across offensive you don't tend to appreciate Raj Babbar and gang as much. Himesh and Mithun, however, most definitely stand out. Hope Himesh keeps it real from hear onwards and opts for supporting roles rather than attempting to carry a whole movie on his shoulders because he really was quite entertaining in this movie.
Songs of Khiladi 786 are skillfully edited into the screenplay and whilst they don't appear onscreen for the whole duration of the recorded track, you're happy for it! The running time barely needed to be any longer and you enjoy the songs plenty for the short span they appear onscreen for.
Ashish R Mohan makes a debut that absolutely doesn't feel like a debut. You most surely see the Rohit Shetty's grooming onscreen, particularly since the obsession with cars remains with the protégé. What works for the movie is that it delivers what the promos promised.
Overall, it is worthy to watch.