Hawaizaada calls itself a biopic, but it never stops feeling like an exaggerated yarn
The problem with reverential portraits of real people on celluloid is that they tend to lack objectivity and after a point of time become boring. And it's certainly true of Ayushmann Khuranna's Hawaizaada, an ambitious account of the maverick Indian scientist, Shivkar Talpade, who is credited to have constructed India's first unmanned plane.
What's it about: Over 157 minutes to be precise, Hawaizaada details Shivkar's (played by Ayushmann) journey from a boy, who has failed in the fourth grade for eight times because of which he is written off as a loser by his folks, to the man, who fulfills the dream of his mentor Shastry, played by Mithun Chakraborty, who is tirelessly working towards building world's first aeroplane. The film, also showcases an intercaste love story of Talpade and the lissome dancer Sitara, played by Pallavi Sharda.
What's hot: With his mop of curls, round glasses and suspenders, Ayushmann is definitely earnest in his performance. Having said that it would have been just about perfect if he wouldn't have ended up trying too hard. Mithun is the best thing about Hawaizaada. His portrayal of a vedic genius is one of his effective performances, there are no two ways about it. Pallavi, meanwhile, as Shivkar's love brings freshness to her scenes.
What's not: There are moments of great pathos here no doubt, and an inspiring lesson on the importance of hard work. But it all moves at a snail's pace, and slowly turns into a yawn fest. Even as the drama of Shivkar's rise is punctured by too many songs and overlong romantic tracks. It's a shame Vibhu adopt a melodramatic approach to highlight Shivkar's biggest achievement and justify his failures. And don't even get me started on how the British police officers are shown as a bunch of bumbling idiots. Those slow motion shots and background music have been abused in this film.
No doubt, the film is well intentioned and shines a light on an figure, who should be known. But unfortunately, it's too long and too unfocused to leave a lasting impression.
Final word: So many negatives makes it difficult to take Hawaizaada seriously as a liberally-altered biopic. Honestly, I got onto the plane, but after a few minutes, I was frantically looking for a parachute to escape.
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