If you go by the critics, Akshay Kumar’s latest film Khiladi 786 has as much to do with quality as NRI Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri with non-violence, which is zilch!
Released today, the Akshay Kumar-Asin-Mithun Chakraborty film is earning withering scorn from reviewers in India.
Here are excerpts from a sample of reviews of Khiladi 786:
Khiladi 786 has nothing new to offer. It is cut from the same cloth that have yielded many of Akshay Kumar’s recent vehicles….In short, it is another outright assault on the senses. The comedy is crass, the acting borders on the slapstick, and the general air that hangs over the film is one of utter lunacy. The loudness is accentuated manifold by an ear-splitting background score.
The hero here is blase, and seems to have no other ambition in life other than to get married. The heroine refuses to get married at first and then transforms into a docile woman who allows herself to be led by the men in her life. Nothing here is consistent — neither the story, nor the way the characters act….Akshay Kumar in this film is akin to Akshay Kumar in all his recent films. There is nothing new here. Asin needs a makeover and some acting and diction lessons.
Debutant director Ashish R Mohan does try, but everything becomes dim and dull because of a really weak script, with unacceptable dialogues which are constantly in bad taste, and a single-finger synthesiser which is utilised for filling in as background score…. This is a wannabe funny movie, an assault on our collective intellect.
Khiladi 786 is yet another one of those painfully non-sensical, supposedly comic ones that you’d hesitate calling a film.
Khiladi 786 actually makes it too easy for a viewer to rip it apart. Every department is so awful at its job that you could begin anywhere to criticize it and that would be the right place to start. From action to editing to music to acting to dialogue to choreography – all you want to do is tear-your-hair-apart, but since you can’t do that you just end up cringing.
Given the poor taste of most Indian moviegoers, I’d not be surprised in the least if this Khiladi 786 trash too joins the much ballyhooed Rs 100-crore club.