Movie Review: Hawaizaada (2015)

Box Office: Disaster

Hawaizaada-Poster1890’s: India under the British Raj.

After repeating the same class eight times, Shivi is expelled from his school. Enjoying his newly attained freedom, he bumps into Sitara and here strikes cupid! Sensuality personified, Sitara is a local diva. Fed up with Shivi’s rebellious and carefree ways, his father shows him the door. Reality daunts hard on Sitara. Fearing that she will bring shame and disgrace to Shivi, she decides to leave the city. Dejected and distraught, Shivi slips into a life of sin and debauchery.

Shastry – an eccentric yet genius scientist and Vedic scholar enters Shivi’s life. He inspires Shivi to take control of himself and shares with Shivi, his dream of doing the impossible…of making the world’s first aircraft, an interpretation of freedom.

A failed lover, a diva, an old man’s dream and an impossible machine. Will Shivi ever be able to live up to his guru’s dream? Will the Hawaizaada ever touch the sky?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “It’s a perfect ode to the unsung hero Shivkar Talpade”
4.5 “A Dreamlike Masterpiece About A Dreamer.”
4.5 “A dreamlike masterpiece about a dreamer”
4.5 “A masterpiece about a dreamer”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Ornate visual fest but soulless!”
2.5 “Ayushmann Khurrana’s hawai jahaz fails to take off “
Daily Bhaskar
Negative Reviews
2.0 “How one wishes the film had more scenes worth stealing. “
2.0 “The film is shot like someone has just discovered Instagram filters.”
1.5 “HAWAIZAADA is one film which speaks about one such unsung Indian hero”
1.5 “Hawaizaada is a flight of fancy that fails to take off”
1.5 “Well, for starters the entire plot which clearly seemed to have lost its focus from being Hawaizaada to becoming ‘Ishaqzaada’.”
1.5 “The film ‘limps’ too much to recreate the life of Talpade”
1.0 “This painfully long film is nothing to wrtire home, be it performances or the unnecessary songs.”
1.0 “This simple tale required temerity not timidity”
1.0 “The only thing that soars is its music,”

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