Himesh Reshammiya has made many valiant but unsuccessful attempts to be a leading man: Aap Kaa Surroor: The Moviee, Radio, Karzzzz. Khiladi 786 sees him in backseat-driving mode. The comedy is based on a story attributed to the music composer and singer, is scored by him, and sees him play the role of a failed wedding planner who attempts to organize at least one successful union to get back into the good books of his father.

The said union is planned between Bahattar Singh (Akshay Kumar) and Indu (Asin), both of whom can’t seem to get married because of the unsavoury reputation of their criminal families. The men in Bahattar Singh’s family have had it so bad that they have ended up marrying women from other races and nationalities. Will Bahattar Singh break the jinx and bring home a blushing Indian bride? That isn’t a serious question, so the reply isn’t important.

The anything-goes movie is packed with so many random characters and even more random jokes that moments of inspired humour emerge out of the hodgepodge. Bahattar Singh, his father (Raj Babbar) and uncle (Mukesh Rishi) pretend to be policemen to impress the other side, as do Indu’s brother TTT (Mithun Chakraborty) and his hoods. A police inspector who is locked away for threatening to spill the beans loudly protests his treatment, saying he will “complain to Kejriwal". The rest of the time, much of Bunty Rathore’s dialogue depends on rhyming words for laughs (bayko, the Marathi word for wife, is matched with psycho; Sikh with seekh kebab). It’s hardly enough to sustain the running length of 2 hours and 20 minutes, but you might just find yourself occasionally sniggering without meaning to.

Khiladi 786 released in theatres on Friday

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