Hawaizaada is jingoistic, melodramatic, naïve, and often illogical. It might have worked as a quirky flight of fancy, but Puri and his characters take things way too seriously, robbing the film of that very sense of awe and wonder that it so badly needed. It’s an interesting idea that never takes flight.
This could have been a greatly imaginative flight of fancy, but it is anything but. For a film that is about the joy of flying, Hawaizaada fails to sprout any wings. And it is so utterly stuffed with leaden passages in its unbelievably stretched running time, that it bored the bejesus out of me.
Vibhu has designed Hawaizaada to be an all-purpose vehicle that has romance, comedy and drama . But the writing is flat and the telling, clumsy. Ayushmann, who is in nearly every frame, trembles with fervour. Mithun matches him. The respite here is Pallavi Sharda, who lifts this film.
Hindi cinema feeds us enough fiction for us to expect a completely true story told with hundred per cent accuracy. So the factual question marks are not entirely what we fault 'Hawaizaada' for. True or not, it was a good subject that the director had his hands on. But sadly, 'Hawaizaada' limps a bit too much to even come close to convincingly recreate the life of a man who dreamt to be the first one to fly.
While the background score of the film is as uninspired as its screenplay, the many songs are generic at best.Hawaizaada, in the end, is a flight of fancy that fails to take off.
Hawaizaada has a lush texture and the manner in which director of photography Savita Singh uses light, shade and visual depth is outstanding. Much as Hawaizaada is the cinematographer's film, it also gives the production designers much scope to push the boundaries.
You know that the makers have their heart in the right place because of the scale on which they have mounted this drama. The sets and VFX deserve a mention. However, you come back a tad disappointed because unlike Shivi who managed to put the wind beneath his wings, the film itself doesn't provide even surface-level thrills.
Hawaizaada is like a picture post-card – watch it for the outstanding effort of a first-time director.
Hawaizaada turned out to be a sheer disappointing watch. It has a yawn-inducing storyline which makes it difficult to watch even as it drags for over two hours. It is low on historical knowledge and even the execution is not top notch.
Hawaizaada supposedly based on the exploits of an Indian pioneer called Shivkar Talpade, is a long, exhausting and excruciating account that leaves you running for cover by the end. This flight of fancy never takes because the screenplay is all over the place. It attempts to integrate romance, adventure, science (pseudo), singing, dancing and all the ingredients of a typical Bollyood film.
So much of money wasted in trying to tell a simple tale which required temerity not timidity.
Even though records say otherwise, one wants to believe in Vibhu Puri’s fairytale-like story of an Indian being the first to envision and fashion a ‘machine’ that we can fly. With such a background, this had the potential of being a moving, patriotic film.
Going back in time is never an easy task in cinema. Many have failed to court periodicity convincingly. Hawaizaada gets away with its flight into the mind of the man who dared to fly. This miniature masterpiece leaves us exhilarated and exultant. Thank God for the dreamers, past and present.
Had ‘Hawaizaada’ been less about love, and more about dreams, it would’ve soared to great heights...
Lost in Translation is what best describes Hawaizaada best. What started off as a biopic turns into a sobbing love tale that you wouldn't want to watch. Read up on the scientist instead.
The film is a straight one time watch. There is nothing exceptional or starry that would keep you glued to your seats. It is worth a watch for people who are more interested in knowing about Shivkar Talpade than people who just want to have a good time.
Audience Reviews for Hawaizaada
Hawaizaada is a film based on the life of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, Mumbai inventor of 19th century. It was great to understand that he was supposed to have constructed and flown an airplane in 1895. Talpade’s airplane was named Marutsakha (wind-friend). It is said that Wright brothers came up with their first aircraft in 1903 in North Carolina, eight years after Shivkar achieved this feat. Kesari newspaper of Pune had covered this event where a curious audience headed by the famous Indian Judge/ Nationalist / Mahadeva Givin-da Ranade and HH Sayaji Rao Gaekwad Talpade had the good fortune to see Marutsakha take off, fly to a height of 1500 feet and then fall down to earth.
Ayushman as Shivi has definitely given a great performance. The movie projects him as a failure in academics (not sure, whether this is the creative liberty taken by the film maker or the truth), but brilliant otherwise. He is being ridiculed by his father and brother for his poor academic performance. Mithun Chakraborthy, Vedic Scholar Shastry recognizes the brilliance in Shivi and involves him in project of making the Vimana. Shivi’s nephew Narayan (Naman Jain) also joins them in this project. They always faced major threat from British Government.
Ayushman’s love interest Sitara is played by Pallavi Sharda. This love story in the background did slow down the pace and deviated from the core of the movie a bit.
Though lot of fictional elements have been added to the script, it is amazing to see how Shastry decoded Vedas for his research. He used to predict even the favourable time when air would have supported the airplane to be flown.
The story revolves around the central character Shivi and how he takes forward Shastry’s research further, and how he utilized the ancient knowledge of the Vedas, Sanskrit texts, to fly an aircraft, eight years before his foreign counterparts.
Mithun is very good. But the show-stealer is Naman Jain who played Narayan. He effortlessly plays his shots.
The movie does project the financial challenges faced by Shivi. If that could not have been the case, probably India would have had Shivkar Bapuji Talpade completing his research and come up with the successful aircraft.