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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

A decent Bollywoodized whodunit from the early 90s.

Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock
19 August 2007

I'd heard a lot about 'Khiladi' and was interested in watching it. The director duo Abbas Mastan are known for making thrillers and unfortunately, for ripping off. I don't know whether 'Khiladi' itself is a ripoff. It is a very Bollywood film and on top of that from the early 90s (so expect some strange dances, out of place songs and weird fashion) but otherwise quite well directed to an extent. They successfully manage to hide the identity of the killer and it does come as a surprise when revealed.

If it were made today, I think it would have been better in the technical department. Other than that, the film starts in a college campus with funny comedy (but some of them are really over the top). The songs are nice but they seem forced in the screenplay, which was the case in many Hindi films of that era.

Akshay Kumar does well. He's very good with the comedy scenes. Deepak Tijori is brilliant as stands out in most of his scenes. His and Akshay's camaraderie is shown with a touch of humour but in a realistic way. As a newcomer, Sabeeha does well. However, Ayesha Jhulka is strictly okay in most scenes and doesn't deliver in others.

I'd say it's one of the better films of it's time as it's quite enjoyable but it ain't no masterpiece. Enjoy it for the funny moments, nice songs (most of which are horribly picturized) and to solve the mystery of who the killer is!

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Fantastic Entertainment....

10/10
Author: Liakot Ali from London
29 September 2008

Khiladi is a fantastic movie that entertains all the way with action, romance , comedy and suspense. This is the movie that gave Akshay Kumar his first step to stardom. Akshay got his nick name Khiladi King from this film. There went on to be many other khiladi named movies after this hit film. This Khiladi is the best no doubt on that as the other ones were poor. Akshay gives a good performance alongside Deepak Tijori. Ayesha Jhulka looks a little cute in this movie and does a good job. The supporting cast are good which include Shakti Kapoor and Johnny Lever. Abbas Mustan have directed this movie beautifully and this is one of their best films. I have seen this film 20 times and never get bored. Recommended to all people.

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Fantastic Masala Movie

7/10
Author: Chintan Trivedi from India
23 August 2005

I saw this film more than 10 times and difference between first time and last time is about 10 years but still i like to watch it.it is typical Indian masala movie with great direction and some good performances.Akshay kumar's first hit film Khiladi later he had played leading role on the name Khialdi examples: Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi, Khiladi 420. International Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khladi, Sab Se Bada Khialdi,Me Khiladi Tu Anadi, and 80% of them was hit. so magic of Khialdi starts from here and it's still working for him.Dipak Tijori was good enough for supporting role with Akki.Comedy King Johny Liver was only in 2 scenes but still those scenes are count in best comedy scenes(his 5 chote chote bachhe).Later on Akshay kumar had many films with this pair(Abbas Mastan)Ajanbi(Best Villain Award),Aitraz...overall Abbas Mastan's First Hit movie.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Khiladi "Akshay Kumar" and Khiladi "Abbas-Mastan" stage an entry

Author: Avinash Patalay from Middle Earth
3 November 2010

It was the era where music companies promoted the songs at great lengths resulting in record sales of the cassettes (there were no CD's back then). Audience used to catch the bait of super-hit music and flock to the cinema houses. It goes without saying that Jatin-Lalit's melodious music was backed up with marketing muscle of Venus resulting in a product "Khiladi".

"Khiladi" itself turned out to be a a surprise package as the expectations were nothing more than a romantic flick. The murder and the suspense added novelty to the proceedings resulting in a runaway hit.

Akshay Kumar:: "Khiladi" served as a good platform which could showcased his skills. And yes, he got noticed.

Ayesha Jhulka:: Her fan-following owing to her previous outing "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander" ensured to flock to the cinema halls and contributed the two-cents

Deepak Tijori:: An extended "Aashiqui" role.

Sabeeha:: Gave another go in this movie and then probably left Bollywood for good.

Johnny Lever:: Had a good comedy track and later on went to become a Abbas-Mastan regular.

Rest of the star-cast namely Tinnu Anand, Shakti Kapoor, Beena and Anant Mahadevan were adequate. The college comedy ensures fair share of laughs. Music as I stated earlier was the key-factor.

Quite later I was made aware that the plot was a direct lift of "Khel Khel Mein". The climax had an edge-of-seat excitement (and I wouldn't be surprised if it was plagiarised again).

Verdict: A wholesome entertainer.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Akshay isn't called the khiladi (player) Kumar for nothing.

9/10
Author: MovieInspector from United Kingdom
20 February 2011

This movie is one of Abbas-Mustan's best movies. The direction is great as is the screenplay. The cinematography is good. The music, on the other hand, could've been better. Akshay kumar has given us a great performance here. Deepak Tijori, Shakti Kapoor, Ayesha Jhukla and Sabeeha give us decent performances. The action is superb; you can't fault it. It is so Akshay Kumar (high kicks, fast punches etc.). This film is an all-round entertainer with action, comedy and a lot of suspense.

Verdict: If you haven't seen it yet, see it and look at what you've missed out on. Thumbs up - 9/10.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Akki's first decent flick

9/10
Author: superindrajit from Hong Kong
22 December 2011

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Akshay Kumar debuted from the flop Saugandh, he then moved to disaster Mr.Bond and flop Deedar. Akki was desperately in need of a good film which did happen.Khiladi(1992 Player) was Akki's first successful film. It went on to become a super hit at the box office. The story is something new for a movie during the 90's. The director duo Abbas-Mustan is famous for making thrillers and movies with twists. The story is extremely well told. Akki enters the movie with a comedy scene where he plays a prank on a normal citizen and his brother catches him. He is then seen in college and all those scenes in the first half reminds you of the fantastic college type scenes during the start to interval of the movie. But, before the interval happens the friend dies and the police is hot on trail of whoever was the killer. The direction is top class and the screenplay is good. The killer is successfully hidden until the end where he is caught. The movie is more of a romantic drama with bits of comedy and bits of action. Overall, its a masala movie with all genres except horror. The acting is good, Khiladi Kumar proves he can act after his earlier craps. Deepak Tijori is average, the heroines are good. The villain is good, the others are all good. Overall, Khiladi is another successful and entertaining flick which worked in those days and it will not disappoint today's people. It can be seen a million times for fans and others. It is definitely worth a watch more than 10 times.

Final Verdict: 9/10 not full because of Deepak Tijori(no offence he can't act)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Khiladi represents everything we liked about Bollywood.

9/10
Author: feroz-mulla from United States
13 November 2011

I have been on a journey to revisit some old favorites and this weekend's pick was Khiladi. Despite repeat viewing, enjoyed every bit of it. The movie is no where as polished as Hindi movies off late but it represents everything we liked about Bollywood. The humor may be bit crude, romance somewhat clichéd, logic takes a break once in a while but none of this stops from making the movie immensely enjoyable. It reminded me what's missing in Hindi movies of today: such genre bending entertainers which pack in everything from thrill, romance, humor, emotions to action. Akshay Kumar and Deepak Tijori turn in a spontaneous performance. Also, sad to know now that Ayesha Jhulka never made it big but her classic looks and girl next door charm still makes her one of favorite actress. So, if you are still old school at heart, this is a must watch for you.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Abbas-Mustan's first hit, Akshay's first Khiladi movie

7/10
Author: silvan-desouza from India
19 November 2013

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Akshay Kumar debuted with Saughand in 1991, Khiladi was one of his earlier films released in 1992. The film was also one of Abbas-Mustan's first films and together they created magic. The film resembles Khel Khel Mein which released in 1975 while the first half focuses on comedy, college rivalry, friendship and love the story actually begins when the prank takes place and the twist is fantastic. The second half too is well handled though some comedy scenes are out of place which is a regular feature of AM films, they insert comedy when not required, The identity of the killer is surprising and the climax is well handled.

Direction by Abbas Mustan is good Music by Jatin lalit is fantastic, Waada Raha is still famous sung by Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik, Khud ko Kya is a fun college number, rest songs are all good, After this film Abbas Mustan's films had music by Anu Malik mostly.

Akshay Kumar got the Khiladi tag from this film, though he was raw in those days yet he does a good job Deepak Tijori is funny in his sidekick role something he kept doing Ayesha Jhulka is good, Sabeeha is okay Prem Chopra, Sharat Saxena, Anant Mahadevan are good, Shakti Kapoor is good too, Johny Lever is funny, he was a constant fixture in AM films rest are good

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Super Suspense

9/10
Author: anthony_fernandes80 from India
7 December 2012

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Akshay Kumar's first hit is also Abbas-Mustaan's first hit. And probably their best till date. A perfect mix of comedy, then romance, then a murder, drama, suspense, action and a super ending. It is almost impossible to predict who is the killer.

The film has shades of the hit film from the 70s Khel Khel Mein, but manages to hold its own. Like that film, you have a college setup, a young star cast, youthful and popular songs, good dosage of comedy, romance and of course, difficult to crack suspense. Abbas-Mustaan have made many suspense thrillers since but this is their best according to me. In every department, the film stands tall, compared to their later works.

Akshay Kumar did well in his role, a role which was almost tailor made for him. Ayesha Jhulka was at the peak of her career with films with Aamir, Salman, Akshay and she had signed a film with Shahrukh (which never released or had a limited release, Kisi Se Dil Laga Ke Dekho). She was decent in the film. Sabeeha had limited screen presence. Deepak Tihori managed to make his presence felt despite being relegated to the role of a supporting hero. Shakti Kapoor and Prem Chopra added value to the film as well.

Music played a key role in the success of this film. Although Abbas-Mustaan had a successful musical run with Anu Malik in the 90s, Jatin-Lalit delivered a fab score with this film, which continues to remain popular till date, especially the romantic duet, Vaada Raha Sanam. For reasons best known to them, Abbas-Mustaan never repeated Jatin-Lalit, despite classic tunes. All the songs had melody and youth appeal and that's why the songs play on 20 years later.

Overall Khiladi was truly suspense at its best. A thorough entertainer! It's a tad lengthy but worth the time.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A decent whodunit

9/10
Author: gurdeepmann59 from England
15 July 2012

This movie is a direct lift from KHEL KHEL MEIN (1975)

The movie starts in college campus with some over-the-top comedy scenes like most were in that era

Four college friends namely Raj, Boney, Neelam and Sheetal play a prank on one of their friend Sheetal's dad' but tragedy strikes when Sheetal is killed and the guys become the prime suspects They get rid of all the evidences but discover a conspiracy surrounding the Sheetal's death

The direction and the music are both good Akshay Kumar started his Khiladi persona which was followed by 7 other films 80% of which were hit

The film's climax is quite entertaining If it were made today it would be better in the technical department

Akshay Kumar impresses in this film after the early crap he had done Ayesha Julka looks quite cute and does well with Akshay Deepak Tijori plays Akshay's friend and his chemistry with Akshay is top-notch Sabeeha does well The supporting cast plays their role to perfection

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