Synopsis: Ravi returns to the village to his mother and sister and takes revenge against the land grabbing Sarpanch who was responsible for his father’s suicide. The movie is a remake of the 1983 Himmatwala. Had not seen the original before except some bits here and there. So watched the original Himmatwala after watching the new Himmatwala.
The movie is pretty much a faithful retelling of the original Himmatwala with some changes. Some of the changes like Ajay not being the real Ravi don’t add much to the story. Riteish track was horrible and unnecessary. While the original had Jeetendra as an Engineer and is shown doing some work Ajay’s character does pretty much nothing. There was a flooding scene and some song with villagers which has thankfully been removed from the remake. The original has Ravi’s father as the school teacher who is accused of attempted rape and him running away due to the humiliation. Since this part was similar to the new Agneepath the father track has been changed to a Pandit who is accused of stealing and him committing suicide. The ridiculous tiger part in the remake was not there in the original.
The original Himmatwala was itself a bad film but seems better in comparison to the remake may be due to nostalgia. Jeetendra’s acting in the original was bad too but his costumes were funny. Sridevi had some thunder thighs and the camera was focusing on her behind in a few scenes. Amjad Khan was good in it and so was Kader Khan.
Ajay was bad in lot of scenes and was trying to repeat his Singham act in some scenes. Tammannah was ok but looked pretty. There is the stupid Bum Pe Laat song where kids kick her butt and I don’t know if this is supposed to be funny or its Sajid’s advice to kids. Paresh Rawal was very irritating specially as he was trying to copy Kader Khan including his voice. Mahesh Manjrekar was ok in that role but his role was more that of a comic villain.
The problem with the movie is that it is pretty much the 80s movie made in 1980s. It has the whole mother, sister angle and the sister being harassed by her in laws and so much melodrama at the end. There is only one Pyscho spoof scene which is somewhat funny. One cannot remake a bad 80s movie today and expect people to like it. The movie should instead have been a spoof of the old Himmatwala.
Synopsis: Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.
Movie started off well with the whole underdog thing. But at many places he seemed more like a crazy guy than a man with a dream or a mission and he was lucky to get help that he got which many others would not have. While the movie showed that he put a lot of heart and fight during the training sessions it felt like that the others looked at him more with sympathy because of his lack of height/physique and that the final game was more like a charity thing. I thought that the movie would be of him becoming a successful player but it turned out that he played just one game.
The scene where the players offer their jerseys was so cheesy and did not happen in reality. Neither did the Rudy chant happen in reality. They also added some drama with the new coach being against him and Rudy quitting and all that which never happened. Sean Astin was good as Rudy. Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton were good.
“The real life Dan Devine was actually the one who insisted on playing Rudy in his final game. Hell, even when the movie was being made, Devine gave the filmmakers permission to turn him into the film’s villain in order to help Rudy, who he considered a good friend.” Link
What’s damning about the movie is this and this is confirmed from Rudy’s own website too (Link). “By the way, ever wonder who saw Rudy play that day and got so inspired he just had to make it into a movie? Nobody. It was Rudy himself who spent a full decade trying to convince studios that his life was so awesome it deserved a movie, before one of them finally relented. That’s the spirit, little guy!”Tags: Ajay Devgn Charles S. Dutton Himmatwala Jon Favreau Movies You Watched This Month Movies You Watched This Week Ned Beatty Rudy Sajid Khan Sean Astin Tamannaah