Movie Review: Himmatwala (2013)
An honest temple priest takes on more than he can handle when he bears witness to a murder and gives evidence in a court of law against a powerful landlord in his village. The landlord bribes his way to freedom and engineers a ploy to ruin the priests reputation and his status among his peers in the village. Ashamed of his tarnished reputation the priest commits suicide,and leaves his wife and young children to face the atrocities of the evil landlord. The son flees the village and travels to Mumbai to make a life, but returns years later to avenge the shame caused to his family.
Sajid makes an attempt to pay homage to the cinema of yore, but what he delivers makes you sit motionless for most parts. If a movie fails to invoke wolf whistles or ovation at the right places, you realize something is seriously wrong. The biggest problem is Sajid does nothing, absolutely nothing out of the box or path-breaking in the current scenario to grab your attention, which is why HIMMATWALA fails as a film. The romance lacks fire, the drama is devoid of intensity, even the action is plain ordinary… Frankly, HIMMATWALA has nothing that warrants a repeat viewing.