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Hawaizaadai Film Poster..JPG
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Vibhu Puri
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Vibhu Puri
  • Saurabh Bhave
Music by Songs
Rochak Kohli
Mangesh Dhakde
Ayushman Khurrana
Guest Composer
Vishal Bharadwaj
Background Score
Monty Sharma
Cinematography Savita Singh
Edited by Shan Mohammed
Trilogic Media Ltd.
Film Farmers
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 30 January 2015 (2015-01-30)
Running time
157 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 25 crore (US$3.5 million)[citation needed]

Hawaizaada is a 2015 Indian film inspired by the biography of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade and directed by Vibhu Puri.[1] The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Sharda.[2] Set in Bombay, 1895, it follows a fictionalized story of Talpade who is credited with having constructed India's first unmanned plane.[3] The film released on 30 January 2015 and received mixed reviews.[4][5]


During the era of the British Raj, a happy-go-lucky school drop-out named Shivkar Bapuji Talpade (Ayushmann Khurrana), a.k.a. Shivi, falls in love with a local stage dancer named Sitara (Pallavi Sharda). This makes Shivi's father throw him out of the house. Shivi bumps into a crazy scientist, Pandit Subbaraya Shastri (Mithun Chakraborty). Shastri is constantly being chased by British soldiers for his weird experiments, but unbeknownst to them, Shastri is secretly building a flying machine. Seeing Shivi's great knowledge of the Vedas, Shastri shares with Shivi a secret book of ancient Indian aeronautics, which he is using to build an aeroplane. Shastri offers to let Shivi be his assistant, but Shivi refuses. Shivi later proposes to Sitara, but Sitara resists on the grounds that society will not accept their marriage. She goes away to Hyderabad.

Heartbroken, Shivi goes back to Shastri and accepts his offer to assist him. Together they work for several months on the flying machine, but they fail again and again. On running out of funds, they ask a local king to sponsor their experiments. Finally, they manage to build a small aeroplane and have a successful unmanned test flight in the presence of eyewitnesses — but it crashes within a few seconds. Shivi later learns that Sitara is back in Bombay, living in poverty and debt. In order to get Sitara out of debt, Shivi sells Shastri's secret book to a British officer. Feeling betrayed, Shastri does not survive this trauma and dies. Shastri's death makes Shivi feel so guilty that he (along with Sitara and Shivi's nephew Narayan) decides to fulfill Shastri's dream.

In his quest to build a perfect flying machine, Shivi goes to Banaras to meet a guru, to whom Shastri used to refer. The guru gives Shivi a code, "4121", which helps Shivi figure out that mercury will be the best fuel for his engine, since in Hindi the word for "mercury" (पारा) looks like the number 4121. Before Shivi can complete his machine, British officers arrest him on a complaint made by his brother. After being rescued by a freedom fighter, Shivi finally takes the aircraft to the beach. Before the soldiers can arrest him, Shivi flies away with Sitara, thus becoming the first people to ride in a flying machine.


Critical reception[edit]

Subhash K. Jha gave the film 4.5 stars out of 5.[8] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, stating that interesting idea that never takes flight.[9] Anupama Chopra gave it 2 stars.[10] Bollywood Hungama gave it 1.5 stars stating that the film jumped to different genres several times and that the only acting performances worth noting were Mithun Chakraborty and Naman Jain.[11] Koimoi gave it 1.5 stars noting the work of the design team in recreating the 1800s, but faulted the script for focusing on a fictional love story and too many songs rather than the historical story of the airplane's flight.[12]


The music for the soundtrack was composed by Rochak Kohli, Vishal Bhardwaj, Monty Sharma, Mangesh Dhakde and the lyrics were written by Vibhu Virender Puri.

Soundtrack album by Rochak Kohli
Vishal Bhardwaj
Monty Sharma
Mangesh Dhakde
Released 19 January 2015
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Length 41:02
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
1."Hawaizaada Dil"Vibhu Virender PuriRochak KohliRochak Kohli3:58
2."Daak Ticket"Vibhu Virender PuriRochak KohliMohit Chauhan, Javed Bashir4:07
3."Maazaa My Lord"Vibhu Virender PuriMangesh DhakdeMohit Chauhan, Neeti Mohan5:31
4."Dil-E-Nadaan"Mirza GhalibAyushmann KhurranaAyushmann Khurrana4:12
5."Udd Jayega"Vibhu Virender PuriMangesh DhakdeSukhwinder Singh, Ranadeep Bhasker3:11
6."Dil Todne Ki Masheen"Vibhu Virender PuriVishal BhardwajRekha Bhardwaj4:44
7."Yaadein Gatthri Mein"Vibhu Virender PuriMangesh DhakdeHarshdeep Kaur1:32
8."Turram Khan"Vibhu Virender PuriRochak KohliPapon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Monali Thakur3:56
9."Dil-E-Nadaan (Reprise)"Mirza GhalibAyushmann KhurranaAyushmann Khurrana, Shweta Subram4:00
10."Teri Dua"Vibhu Virender PuriMangesh DhakdeWadali Brothers, Lakhwinder Wadali, Harshdeep Kaur, Ravindra Sathe, Ranadeep Bhasker, Sukhwinder Singh3:51
Total length:41:02

Box office[edit]

Bollywood Hungama reported US$13,440 as the earnings for the weekend of 30 January – 1 February 2015.[13] Final total according to boxofficeindia was 33.5 crore (US$4.7 million) in India. Verdict - [14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'Hawaizaada' special film for Ayushmann Khurrana". mid-day.com. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/7846
  3. ^ "Shivkar Bapuji Talpade unmanned plane 'Marutsakha'". THE TIMES OF INDIA.
  4. ^ "Hawaizaada review". Hindustan Times.
  5. ^ "Hawaizaada Promotion In Kolkata - Ayushmann Khurrana". Haalum.
  6. ^ "Ayushmann plays a Marathi scientist in Bambai Fairytale". The Indian Express.
  7. ^ "Pallavi to play a tamasha dancer". Asian Age. 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  8. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/reviews/hawaizaada-review-a-masterpiece-about-a-dreamer/article1-1312036.aspx
  9. ^ http://ibnlive.in.com/news/hawaizaada-review-the-film-is-jingoistic-melodramatic-nave-and-often-illogical/525781-47-84.html
  10. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/reviews/hawaizaada-review-by-anupama-chopra-it-s-flat-and-clumsy/article1-1312254.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/moviemicro/criticreview/id/728307
  12. ^ http://www.koimoi.com/reviews/hawaizaada-review/
  13. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/box-office/overseas/id/563
  14. ^ "Box-Office Verdicts Of Major Bollywood Releases Of 2015". Koimoi.

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