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  • ...watch it for the outstanding effort of a first-time director.

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  • ...barring the film's story and a few immersing scenes, all you have is characters you don't emotionally invest in, bizarre dialogue, and a lifeless romance. That's unfortunate indeed, as this story was rich with possibilities.

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  • A plot different from the norm. Unfortunately, dull and long.

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  • On one level, Hawaizaada works because this story about India's unsung hero needs to find its place. But this realm depends heavily on performances - the histrionics could be several notches higher.

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  • The film alternates between the tedious and the excessively outlandish as it negotiates its way through a terrain that is riddled with psychological craters and historical inaccuracies.

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  • ...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.

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  • ...a ride which should have ended in exhilaration stumbles to a tame end.

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  • 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.

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  • ...despite all the painstaking effort that’s gone into recreating an era, is devoid of anything even remotely exciting and given the material and the premise, this is a criminal waste of an idea.

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  • Puri has toiled hard to make his film look outré, but that isn’t enough – you wish he’d expended an equal amount of energy to infuse a similar eccentricity into the plot and the characters as well.

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  • ...is all gloss no substance.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Lost in Translation is what best describes Hawaizaada best. What started of as a biopic turns into a sobbing love tale that you wouldn't want to watch.

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  • ...spoilt overgrown manchild of a movie.

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  • So much of money wasted in trying to tell a simple tale which required temerity not timidity.

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  • 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.

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  • Nothing is more disappointing than a director overlooking details while creating an entirely different era for you.

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  • At 157 minutes, most of Vibhu Puri’s film is indulgence and fiction that is trying to connect points of fact. The padding is painfully dull and distracts from the drama, energy and patriotic zeal that could have propelled this story.

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  • ...would have worked nicely as a work of fiction about two individuals who dream of putting the allegories and myths on which they grew up into practice, but Puri wholly believes in his flight of fancy.

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  • When the sets are so fake, ever so often, so are the performances.

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  • The awkward tone of the movie makes you wonder whom it was made for. There’s too much romance and too little adventure for children, and it’s too foolish for adults.

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