Considered an action comedy, Khiladi 786, is the ninth film in what is known as the Khiladi film series. Preceded by Khiladi (1992), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi(1997), International Khiladi (1999) and Khiladi 420 (2000), it’s also the biggest film franchise in Bollywood. Now, twelve years later, the Kumar starrer has added a new installment.
Official Synopsis: Screw up Mansukh Desai has botched every marriage he’s tried to brockrage since starting work for his father,a marriage bureau owner. So, to prove his worth, Mansukh takes up the unusual challenge of getting an underworld don’s hot-headed brat sister Indu, married to a cop — Bahattar Singh (aka Khiladi 786). To ensure an alliance, he convinces his client to pretend to be a cop as well, but little does he know that Singh and his entire family are conmen.
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, Mithun Chakraborty, Manoj Joshi,Raj Babbar, Rahul Singh, Himesh Reshammayia
Premiere: December 7, 2012
Thoughts: There are some actors that are famous and you don’t really know why. That is the case for Akshay Kumar in my book. I was never really a fan, and I’m not one to change my mind based on one decent role, cause there are things called flukes running around. My reluctance to view anything Kumar, began with his bit part in Dil To Pagal Hai, which is pretty much the horrendous Salman Khan equivalent in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. However, after seeing several of his films, I’m still quite confused. Honestly, I think it has more to do with the fact the majority of his films are comedic in nature and Indian comedy is relatively synonomous with slapstick. You know, the pulling rubber chickens out of hats or something idiotic like that. He’s done countless roles in this line, (not only the eight Khiladis before this one), each with a tiny moral at the end to pull a heart string or two. I’ve actually seen none of the Khiladi franchise but I’m actually not above watching this one. The Khiladi movies use the play on the word “player” and have run the gamut from the slang use of the word concerning men and relationships to action thrillers. But in this case, there’s a comedic take on conmen and gangsters, two of my guiltiest character pleasures. (Though I must admit it sounds very similiar to the 2007 Kumar-Kaif film Welcome).
Asin is a new name that is getting tons of recognition for her work in Hindi films in the last couple years and has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names. She’s pretty much prime for comedy and absolutely beautiful. She’ll be donning the rich spoiled role, which won’t be hard to believe, I suppose it the antics that Khiladi will go through to have her marry him or at least meet whatever need he’s using her to acquire.
Though I’m notoriously reluctant when it comes to anything Kumar or comedy, this film sounds like good campy fun. I truly hope it turns out to at least be the half. Even now, the more I think of this film, the more I want to give the entire string of films a try, though their only commonality is lead actor and title.
[stills courtesy of erosnow]