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Himmatwala (2013) - The Film That Made Ajay Devgn and Sajid Khan Apologize to the Audience

Himmatwala (2013) - A Remake of a Remake

Himmatwala is a 2013 Hindi-language action comedy film written and directed by Sajid Khan and jointly produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Vashu Bhagnani. The film features Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah in the lead roles. Set in 1983, it is an official remake of the 1983 film of the same name by K. Raghavendra Rao, which was, in turn, a remake of the 1981 Telugu film Ooruki Monagadu. The film was released on 29 March 2013. The film marks Tamannaah's comeback to Bollywood after she debuted in the 2005 film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra.

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Plot Summary

The story begins with Ravi (Ajay Devgn) winning a fighting competition at a club. He is known as Himmatwala (courageous man). He then goes to Ramnagar village, where he meets his mother, Savitri (Zarina Wahab), and his younger sister, Padma (Leena Jumani), who are living a miserable life. Ravi's mother Savitri tells Ravi that Ravi's father Dharamurthy (Anil Dhawan) was an honest and respected man, and he was the priest of the temple. His father was framed by Sher Singh (Mahesh Manjrekar), the tyrant zamindar (landlord), for robbing the temple since the latter saw him commit a murder. Disgusted, Ravi's father committed suicide. In revenge, young Ravi tried to kill Sher Singh but failed. When Ravi's house is burnt, Savitri tells him to run away as Sher Singh will kill him.

With revenge in his mind, Ravi beats up Narayan Das (Paresh Rawal), Sher Singh's manager and brother-in-law, as well as threatens Sher Singh and his daughter Rekha (Tamannaah) that he will take back his land from them. Rekha, who is a spoiled brat, decides to take revenge on Ravi by pretending to fall in love with him. She invites him to a party and humiliates him in front of everyone. However, she is shocked when Ravi slaps her in front of everyone and challenges her to a dance competition. Ravi wins the competition as well as Rekha's heart. Rekha realizes her mistake and apologizes to Ravi and his mother. She also reveals that she is not Sher Singh's real daughter, but the daughter of his late friend who entrusted her to him.

Meanwhile, Sher Singh and Narayan Das try to kill Ravi by various methods, but fail every time. They also try to create a rift between Ravi and his mother by hiring a woman named Gulabo (Mona Singh) to pose as Dharamurthy's illegitimate daughter. However, Ravi sees through their plan and exposes them. He also reunites with his childhood friend Shakti (Adhyayan Suman), who is now a police inspector. Shakti tells Ravi that he has evidence of Sher Singh's crimes and he will arrest him soon. However, Sher Singh gets wind of this and kidnaps Shakti and his wife Geeta (Surveen Chawla). He also kidnaps Rekha and tries to force her to marry his nephew Shyam (Ameya Pandya). Ravi rescues them all with the help of the villagers and confronts Sher Singh. He reveals that he is the son of Dharamurthy and that Sher Singh killed his father. He also reveals that he has recorded Sher Singh's confession and gives it to Shakti. Shakti arrests Sher Singh and Narayan Das, while Ravi marries Rekha and lives happily with his family.

Critical Reception

Box Office Performance

Himmatwala was made on a budget of 68 crore (US$9.5 million) and was released on 3100 screens in India. The film opened well at the box office, collecting 12 crore (US$1.7 million) on its first day. However, it witnessed a sharp decline in its collections over the weekend, earning 31 crore (US$4.3 million) in its first three days. The film was declared a flop by the trade analysts, as it failed to recover its cost. The film's final domestic gross was 47.45 crore (US$6.6 million), making it one of the biggest disasters of 2013.

The film also performed poorly overseas, collecting only 5 crore (US$700,000) in its first weekend. The film's total overseas gross was 8.5 crore (US$1.2 million), making it one of the lowest-grossing Bollywood films of 2013 in the international markets.

The film's worldwide gross was 55.95 crore (US$7.8 million), making it the 18th highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013.

Reviews and Ratings

Himmatwala received mostly negative reviews from critics, who criticized the film for its outdated plot, poor direction, over-the-top action, weak comedy, and lack of originality. The film has a rating of 1.7 out of 10 on IMDb, 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 1 out of 5 on Bollywood Hungama.

Some of the critics' comments are as follows:

  • Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote: "On the whole, HIMMATWALA fails as a film. The only silver lining is the presence of A-list stars and of course, the hype surrounding the film, which might attract footfalls in mass-friendly circuits initially."

  • Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN wrote: "Himmatwala is a ghastly concoction that deserves no mercy...I'm going with one out of five for Sajid Khan's Himmatwala; it's an excruciatingly painful watch."

  • Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times wrote: "Himmatwala is such a potpour ry of bad ideas that it's hard to decide which one is the worst."

  • Raja Sen of wrote: "Himmatwala is a film so atrocious it makes you question your own sanity. It is a film so ghastly that it makes you question the sanity of its makers."

  • Sukanya Verma of wrote: "Himmatwala is a two-and-a-half-hour show reel of Sajid Khan's arrogance masquerading as a movie."

Awards and Nominations

Himmatwala received several nominations at various award ceremonies, mostly in the negative categories. The film won seven awards at the Golden Kela Awards, which are given to the worst films and performances of the year. The film also won five awards at the Ghanta Awards, which are similar to the Golden Kela Awards. The film was also nominated for nine awards at the Filmfare Awards, but did not win any.

Some of the awards and nominations that the film received are as follows:





Golden Kela Awards

Worst Film



Worst Director

Sajid Khan


Worst Actor (Male)

Ajay Devgn


Worst Actor (Female)



Most Atrocious Lyrics

Sameer for "Bum Pe Laat"


Why Are You Still Trying AwardPritam for copying music from other sourcesWonBaawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke AwardMithun Chakraborty for his role in the filmWonGhanta AwardsWorst FilmHimmatwalaWonWorst DirectorSajid KhanWonWorst Actor (Male)Ajay DevgnWonWorst Actor (Female)TamannaahWonWorst Song"Thank God It's Friday" by Sunidhi Chauhan and Sachin-JigarWonFilmfare AwardsWorst FilmHimmatwalaNominatedWorst DirectorSajid KhanNominatedWorst Actor (Male)Ajay DevgnNominatedWorst Actor (Female)TamannaahNominatedWorst Supporting Actor (Male)Mahesh ManjrekarNominatedWorst Supporting Actor (Female)Zarina WahabNominatedBappi Lahiri and Sajid-WajidNominatedWorst LyricsSameer for "Bum Pe Laat"NominatedWorst Playback Singer (Male)Mika Singh for "Dhoka Dhoka"NominatedTrivia and Facts

Remake History

Himmatwala (2013) is the second Hindi remake of the Telugu film Ooruki Monagadu (1981), which starred Krishna and Sridevi in the lead roles. The film was a blockbuster hit and was dubbed in Tamil as Ennai Pottu Vitta. The film was also remade in Kannada as Himmatwar (1983), starring Ambarish and Jayamala.

The first Hindi remake of Ooruki Monagadu was Himmatwala (1983), which also starred Sridevi, along with Jeetendra. The film was directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, who also directed the original Telugu film. The film was a huge success and established Sridevi as a leading actress in Bollywood. The film was also dubbed in Tamil as Murattu Kaalai, which means the same as Himmatwala.

Himmatwala (2013) is also the second collaboration between Sajid Khan and Ajay Devgn, after Golmaal Returns (2008). The film is also the second remake of a 1980s film by Sajid Khan, after Housefull 2 (2012), which was a remake of Angoor (1982).Cameos and References

Himmatwala (2013) features several cameo appearances and references to other movies or celebrities, such as:

  • Akshay Kumar appears in a special song "Thank God It's Friday", which is inspired by the disco era of the 1980s.

  • Sonakshi Sinha appears in an item song "Dhoka Dhoka", which features dancers from different regions and languages, such as Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, and South Indian.

  • Chunky Pandey plays a comic character named Vasooli Bhai, who is a spoof of the character Vasooli from the Golmaal series.

  • Riteish Deshmukh plays a cameo role as a street dancer who challenges Ravi to a dance competition.

  • The film pays tribute to the late actors Rajesh Khanna and Kader Khan, who were part of the 1983 film. Rajesh Khanna's famous dialogue "Pushpa, I hate tears" is used by Ravi in the film, while Kader Khan's name is mentioned by Narayan Das in a scene.

  • The film also references other popular movies of the 1980s, such as Disco Dancer (1982), Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), Mr. India (1987), and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988).

Goofs and Errors

Himmatwala (2013) has several mistakes and inconsistencies in its plot, dialogues, and scenes, such as:

  • The film is set in 1983, but shows modern cars, bikes, mobile phones, and laptops in some scenes.

  • The film shows Ravi winning a fighting competition at a club in Mumbai, but later shows him arriving at Ramnagar village by train from Delhi.

  • The film shows Ravi slapping Rekha 24 times in a scene, but later shows him saying that he slapped her 25 times.

  • The film shows Ravi's father committing suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan, but later shows him lying on the floor with a rope around his neck.

  • The film shows Ravi rescuing Shakti and his wife from a car that is about to explode, but later shows them escaping from a helicopter that is about to crash.



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