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A fantastic entertainer!

A fantastic entertainer!

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: : Akshay Kumar, Asin, Himesh Reshammiya, Mithun Chakraborty, Raj Babbar, Ileana D'Cruz, Claudia Ciesla, Paresh Rawal
Director: Ashish R Mohan

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Bollywood heartthrob and 'khiladi' Akshay Kumar returns after 12 years with the much awaited ‘Khiladi 786’ on Friday December 7, 2012. Kumar is known as Khiladi returns in his earlier avatar but with numerical 786 added to it. This time Akshay and his move really entertain with a lot of fun and frolic. A lot of numbers figure in the film. Akshay belongs to a proud family of con-cops who name themselves numerically. Bahattar Singh is Khiladi bhaiyya Akshay Kumar, his father Sattar Singh played by Raj Babbar lures a Canadian passenger while driving a taxi that's also numbered like everyone else and everything in the flick. Akshay's mother is African. His brother Ikhattar Singh played by Mukesh Rishi has a Chinese wife. Sattar’s other son is numbered 73 and was lost during his childhood in a community fair.

Akshay is a super hero doing the unimaginable. He works for the police helping them nab smuggled goods. Sporting an unusual colorful kurta and salwar, Akshay drives a truck that he calls a man's transport (in Hindi 'mardon ki sawaari'). But Akshay is very lonely and no desi girl is ready to marry him. Then, by the Bollywood magical stroke of luck, Akshay runs into a well known Bollywood singer Himesh Reshammiya, playing the role of Mansukh Desai a wedding planner. Himesh takes on the challenge of finding a girl to match Akki’s macho style. Well, there’s a feisty Indu Tendulkar played by Asin, who plays sister of Mumbai's wanted don, TTT, played by veteran Mithun Chakrovarty. Himesh is determined to get Akshay married to Asin. But the girl is in love with conman Azad played by Rahul Singh. To avoid her brother’s choice, Asin takes Akki to her lover in jail. She is impressed by Akki’s macho personality plus tricks of breaking the prison wall with his fist!

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‘Khiladi 786’ is a make believe story but full of plenty of fun and frolic to entertain the audience. Himesh Reshammiya’s topical music is a USP of the movie. The 'balma' track is big on the lips of the Indian audience. The Akshay-Asin chemistry is evident and lends an enviable support to the movie. The cast shoulders the movie. Akshay and Asin prove their prowess, Himesh plays a Gujju bhaiya just too well. Rahul Singh as Azad plays well too. Raj Babbar and Mithun Chakravorty deliver great performances. Debutant director Ashish R Mohan tries to follow in the footsteps of his mentor Rohit Shetty, but it is demonstrably an uphill task considering one has to synchronize with Akshay Kumar's flying fists, bodies and cars. It is clear that the movie succeeds because of the excellent performance of the ensemble cast. Some of the dialogues are memorable likes of 'mardon ki sawaari hoti hai truck' and ‘Punjabi na chup chaap aate hain, na chup chaap jaate hain'. The script seems to have been made for Akshay only. No other actor could play such a role.

‘Khiladi 786’ proves a perfect entertainer! Go watch it!!

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