Nov 23 2016

Sajid Khan, lord of the ham film – Birthday Special

by   Mayur Lookhar

Funnyman Sajid Khan made a career out of ridiculing ham scenes from many a film. Then he became a filmmaker himself and tasted success. But his mindless entertainers soon became a pain even for lovers of escapist fare. As the director turns a year older today (23 November), we thought why not treat him to a dose of his own medicine by looking at some of the worst ham scenes from his films. Yes Sajid, you can cut your cake and eat it too.

1 The ham shackles of Humshakals (2014)

You know you have made a bad film when the lead actor (Saif Ali Khan in this case) does not even hesitate in admitting that doing it was a blunder. Sajid Khan reckoned that audiences crave just mindless entertainers. Unfortunately, he had made one too many. The cheesy script of Humshakals, the many doppelgangers, and the sexist jokes were hard to digest for most. Though Khan's earlier films were not great, they could at least be watched by family audiences. Humshakals could not even be watched alone, never mind watching with family. So bad was the film that Sajid Nadiadwala, who had produced Khan’s two Housefull films, dropped him for the third instalment of the franchise. You have saved yourself from torture if you haven’t watched Humshakals before. Nevertheless, if you are still curious to know how bad the film was, just look at the collection of ham scenes.

2 The Himmatwala big mouth (2013)

Remaking a mindless entertainer of the same name from the 1980s was a recipe for disaster. Sajid Khan didn’t help his cause by declaring that his film would make Rs200 crore. Himmatwala fared miserably at the box office. With a title like Himmatwala, you would expect some daredevilry from your hero. But this action sequence is probably the most ridiculous man-versus-beast battle on the silver screen. What's more, you have a village belle crying 'Help!'. Help, indeed! Ajay Devgn not only lands a too-good-to-be-true punch, his subsequent punches probably enraged supporters of the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign. Your jaws drop when watching this scene and you wonder, "Now, did he really say that?"

3 Mother of all ham scenes, Himmatwala (2013)

We would be doing grave injustice to Himmatwala if we didn’t mention this scene. A classic brain-drain where the hero reveals his identity to the villain. You must have heard the cliched motherly-sisterly dialogue before, but when was the last time you saw a mainstream actor mutter a line like, “Kasam meri maa aur behen ki, main teri maa-behen ek kar dunga [I swear on my mother and sister... blah blah]", that too in the presence of the aforementioned ladies?

4 The outrageous animal instincts in Housefull (2010)

It is difficult to understand why Sajid Khan uses animals in his films. The ridiculous, insensitive scenes involving them are perhaps his way of mocking PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). That could explain why animals are often shown fighting the hero in his films. Housefull had Akshay Kumar’s character involved in a slap fest with a monkey. He also owns a sher (tiger) which he has bought from the 'sher' bazaar. The bad puns only exposed the poverty of ideas.

5 Housefull 2 (2012)

Sajid Khan's animal instincts were taken to hideous levels in the second part of the Housefull franchise. So bad were Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh in this scene that they deserved to be chewed up by the alligator named Fifi, while you wonder why the python did not swallow John Abraham and Shreyas Talpade. But obviously the filmmaker believes a python holding on to the crotch of an actor adds up to hilarity.

6 Heyy Babyy (2007)

Inspired by the American film Three Men And A Baby (1987), Sajid Khan's maiden directorial Heyy Babyy was largely appreciated by the audience but not all were amused by the sexist, chauvinistic antics of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Fardeen Khan. Ignorance can be bliss, but the ignorance here deserved to be rewarded with a pile of poop in the face.