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Hawaizaada : Movie Review

Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Ayushmann Khurrana, Pallavi Sharda, Naman Jain

Director: Vibhu Virender Puri;

Unlike the other biopics like 'Bhag Milkha Bhag' or 'Mary Kom' Ayushmann Khurrana had denied 'Hawaizaada' being a biopic. He called it a film based on a true story and not a biopic. However, after watching 'Hawaizaada', one would definitely know the difference and appreciate the greatness of those biopics and the hollowness of Hawaizaada! The movie is no where even close to those great movies, in true sense it is disheartening and a lethargic movie.

Hawaizaada Poster

The movie is based on an Indian Scientist, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who is said to be the first man to fly an airplane, 8 years before Wright Brothers. Wow! That sounds interesting, but wait the film starts with Shivkar Bapuji Talpade (Ayushmann Khurrana), the scientist, sitting in a classroom with a bunch of children. He is not good in studies, but he sure is witty, we assume. 
Pallavi Sharda with Ayushmann Khurrana in Hawaizaada movie

Ayushmann has been his usual self in the movie, nothing out of the box in his acting other than that, his expressions might remind you of Charlie Chaplin time and again. He also resembles Ranbir from 'Barfi' when we look at his attire, Ayushmann supports curly hair and round 'owl like' glasses in the movie. The sets of the movie might evoke the memory of Sanjay Leela Bansali's 'Sawaariya' or 'Devdas' sets. Vibhu Puri seemed to have given way too importance to designing the sets, rather than concentrating on the screenplay and dialogues of the movie.

It seems that Vibhu Puri had lost track in the middle, whether he wants a film on inter cast love story, a biopic, or a story based on freedom struggle. And well in the end he picked up bits and pieces from each subject and now its called 'Hawaizaada'.


Pallavi Sharda with Ayushmann Khurrana in Hawaizaada movie

Sitara (Pallavi Sharda) who is a dancer in the movie plays Shivi's love interest, though there love story seems impossible as Shivi comes from the landlord's family and she is a mere dance. While, Shivi keeps asking Sitara to marry him and prompting himself as a third person (Weird). Following Shivi's interest in Sitara, she decides to move away from him. However, her velvety and flamboyant attires might charm the audience as she looks beautiful, but yet again she fails to impress us with her acting skills.

Apparently, Vibhu has failed to relive the magical tale of a dreamer. Nevertheless, Shastri (Mithun Chakraborty) who played Shivi's (Talpade) mentor, was the actual dreamer who had foresighted the aeroplane and wished an Indian to be the first person to ride an aeroplane. His ambition started agitating the Britishers and he became a sore eye for them. Shastri was impressed by Shivi's wits wanted him to assist him to build an aeroplane.


Pallavi Sharda with Ayushmann Khurrana in Hawaizaada movie

The movie enters a sluggish stage from the very start. The over dramatic situations and events in the movie makes it even more lethargic and makes the movie fall flat. Shan Mohammed's editing is an example to it. The slow motion rain drops make you feel he had been so lazy performing his task that each and every rain drop come piercing back into your eye.

Howbeit, the young lad, Naman Jain who plays the nephew of Shivi has all hearts. His acting skills and his capability to light up the scene worked. His performance was by far the only performance that can be applauded. Undoubtedly, this little boy has knocked down all his seniors. 

The fact that is disheartening is the storyline that the movie had, it could have been an enchanting voyage into the magical world. But, Vibhu Puri failed miserably in captivating the essence of the story.


Ayushmann Khurrana in Hawaizaada movie


Not to forget the numerous scores in the movie were so depressing and made the movie drag further. The songs seemed like interrupting the story and we assume the songs just made the movie more lengthy than melodious.

Rather than an inspiring individual Shivkar Talpade seemed like a confused soul who had been battling between his love life and his parents and then completely relocates his attention to fulfilling his mentor's last wish. In simple words he was aimless! Withal, in the end I would just like to say, Hawaizaada could have been a masterpiece with the incredible and profound story, but sadly Vibhu Puri failed awfully.

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