Hawaizaada | Movie Review 08 Feb 2015   343



Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Sharda, Naman Jain
Direction: Vibhu Virender Puri
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 37 minutes

Critics Rating

Times Of India:

The makers of Hawaizaada are prudent to tell you that this is a work of fiction, though the material at hand is sourced from the life of Marathi scientist Shivkar Talpade, who constructed and flew India’s first plane in 1895. The film unfolds in the Bombay Presidency, where Shivi (Ayushmann) – having failed the fourth grade eight-times-over – is keeping his nephew Narayan (Naman) company in the class.
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There isn’t much evidence in history books to support the claim that director Vibhu Puri makes in Hawaizaada – that it was a Maharashtrian mulga in 1895, and not the globally acknowledged aviation pioneers, the Wright Brothers, eight years later in 1903, that flew the first airplane in history. This imagined account of that undocumented event is a well-intentioned and noble effort, but it’s also an excruciatingly long and tedious affair that left me numb and exhausted by the end.
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A well-intentioned but stodgy cinematic fleshing out of an obscure footnote in aviation history, Hawaizaada takes eons to climb to cruising altitude. When it does get there with excessive load weighing it down, it is pretty much on a wing and a prayer.
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Thanks to the film’s half-baked treatment, it is reduced to appearing like a flight of fancy of an impulsive wastrel than an ambitious dream of a strong-willed genius, writes Nishi Tiwari. Towards the end of Vibhu Puri’s directorial debut Hawaizaada, the protagonist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade (Ayushmann Khurrana) is bidding his sister-in-law farewell before he finally takes flight.
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Bollywood Hungama:

Whenever we speak of ‘Indians and Inventions’, the first thing that pops in our mind is that of the legendary Aryabhatta and his invention of ‘zero’. Amidst all these great inventors and discoverers, there have been many a unsung hero, who never got their required due. This week’s release Vibhu Virender Puri’s HAWAIZAADA is one film which speaks about one such unsung Indian hero who made the world’s first aeroplane, years before the Wright Brothers. Does Vibhu do justice to this real-life unsung hero through the medium of the film? Let’s analyze.
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The Indian Express:

That ancient Indians had the nous to create a working aircraft is something that has been floated about with great verve recently in learned science meets and in newspaper columns. Hawaizaada seems to have been made to feed into that theory: it tells the story of Shivkar Talpade, an “aathviin fail” (failed in class 8) genius, who manufactured a “hawaai jahaaz” that actually flew, several years before the Wright Brothers.
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