The title sequence is a series of Akshay Kumar snaps from the movie, a series of pictures that didn’t look that great. That’s when I set myself up for a film where star power overrides everything in its way. It was just that, more or less.
Bahattar Singh (Akshay) belongs to a family of cops and ethnic diversity. He’s got an African grandmother, a Canadian mother and a Chinese sister-in-law. The family had been looking for an Indian bride for Bahattar without much success.
In Mumbai…Mansukh (Himesh Reshamiyya, also story writer of the film) is the son of a successful wedding bureau man who had married close to 500 couples. Mansukh however has a clumsy knack of unintentionally ruining marriages while on the job with his dad and he gets thrown out of the house after one such incident. That night as he shares his grief with a friend he accidentally runs into Indu Tendulkar (Asin) in a groom’s dress, she had been wildly driving around town to scare a sharif groom in the backseat.
Indu Tendulkar is the younger sister of a Mumbai Don TTT (Mithun Chakraborthy) and he is having a hard time finding a respectable (sharif) family to wed his sister into. TTT ends up as Mansukh’s first client and to meet his 10 day deadline he
tries to arrange it with the only person he thinks is capable of handling Indu – Bahattar Singh.
Mansukh however has to lie about the family backgrounds for the marriage to happen. And also the family backgrounds aren’t what they seem at the start.
The film was very sure of it’s over the top nature from the start, the trailers were cue enough weren’t they. Most of its humor had a predictable punch line that arrives later than expected. The few good laughs can be attributed to the timing
of the actors; then again they were buried underneath the obvious punch lines it believes in.
Of the other things, the songs were punishment to the eyes with their hasty edits and Akshay seems to have fun on the sets. Just like how Skyfall is a tribute to the
classic Bond, Ashish R Mohan’s Khiladi 786 seems like a tribute to the Bollywood of the 90s with a contemporary super budget. It’s for those who don’t mind it back there.