When you hear the name Himesh Reshammiya, the first thought that comes to mind is brilliant music. The maestro has been behind the compositions and vocals of countless melodious tracks (many of which have gained evergreen status) from films like Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Tere Naam, Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Aksar, 36 China Town, Namastey London, Bodyguard and Kick. Even his lesser-known film music like Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Jodi No 1, Humraaz, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne, Dil Maange More, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Iqbal, Apne and Bol Bachchan boast several, which music lovers savour to this day.
Beside his music, Himesh Reshammiya has been a force behind as many as thirteen superhit reality shows, transforming several unknown talents into household names and launching many careers. Then there's the small matter of him selling out live shows in the biggest of arenas all over the globe, where his popularity and the love that listeners feel for him cuts across borders, cultures and demographics. However, the one avenue where Himesh has yearned to make it till date, but has somehow met with a roadblock (more from critics and less so with the masses) is as an actor. That has changed though with the release of his latest film, Happy Hardy and Heer.
Along with boasting some of the best music of career, the film has met with a warm reception from critics for Himesh's act, where he strikes a harmonious balance in a dual role, featuring diametrically opposite characters. Lavishing praise on the his performance, a popular tabloid stated: "Reshammiya is its USP. Apart from a double role, he is also the Sutradhar(narrator). Hence, he is omnipresent. His evolution as an actor is most evident here."
Another leading magazine wrote: "It is great to see top critics writing good things about Himesh Reshammiya’s performance as an actor in Happy, Hardy and Heer," while yet another film mag declared that this was "truly the film in which Himesh made his mark as an actor, as this time around, it is not only his music that has created waves, but also his acting prowess that has garnered an equal amount of praise."
BollywoodLife, too, opined: "Other than his composition, Himesh is also in decent form as an actor, particularly as Hardy." Beside top critics from leading publications, several noted Bollywood celebs like Director Anubhav Sinha of Mulk, Article 15 and Thappad fame, and fellow composer Vishal Dadlani also tweeted in favour of Himesh's performance.
Responding to the outpouring of praise, Himesh said, "I have waited patiently for this moment all my life. I have always worked on myself and tried to present a better version of myself to my audience. Whether it was with my music or my films. But although I was always appreciated for my songs and music, I was never considered to be a good actor. With Happy Hardy and Heer, the reviews have been amazing and the response, overwhelming. I am happy that the audiences and the critics have finally accepted me as an actor and nothing gives more more pleasure than this. I'm happy they have recognised the actor in me and I want to keep doing some great films which they love. In my 10th film, it was about getting appreciation as an actor and the film being liked by everyone and I’m very happy with the appreciation from the critics and audience for my look and performance. My journey of a music star to an actor begins now as the critics have appreciated my work, and now I will be working even harder on my future projects, Namastey Rome and the Xpose Returns."
Meanwhile, check out the audience's verdict of Happy Hardy and Heer below:
Well, all we can say is that Himesh has come a really long way as an actor and perhaps we're now witnessing the coming of the next musical-acting star in Hindi cinema.
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