Don't let the overall 4.4 rating stop you from enjoying the best of mind-boggling masala film that Bollywood has to offer! (I can only guess the low rating may come from viewers unfamiliar with the traditional scope of a such a film.) Himmatwala was a huge commercial success, one of the highest grossing films of the 80s, and a film that launched the incomparable Sridevi into stardom. From crime to spiritual lessons to tragedy to fantasy to musical to light-hearted comedy to romance to heroes and villains and damsels in distress-Himmatwala has it all. Really, it could be the dictionary definition for masala movies. The film is definitely dated, but its successful recipe still guides some of the best mainstream, over-the-top film productions coming out of India today. In fact, it's far superior, imho. Where else could you see some of the best Bollywood actors ever (particularly the aforementioned Sridevi)pull out every single weapon in their acting arsenals all in the same movie? Sridevi as the jaw-dropping bad girl with a change of heart, unforgettable Shakti Kapoor as villain, man in love and comedic foil all in one. Amjad Khan as predictably bad guy again, but a surprisingly dynamic character who gets to be villain, devoted father and comedian-who would have guessed Gabbar Singh from Sholay could ever make you laugh? Jeetendra and Waheeda Rehman's characters as the absolutely essential static but noble hero and his mother-the good guys who fight the good fight to save everything Bollywood believes Indian culture holds dear! Plus all the wonderful clash of colors and unlikely sets of masala song sequences. You have to take it with a grain of salt (except perhaps the heart-breaking and almost too-real flood scenes), but when you watch a film like Himmatwala, it's all about the mindset and a very willing suspension of disbelief. And oh my goodness, the last 50 or so minutes make everything else you sat through worthwhile, especially Shakti and his construction crane! Do give this one a chance. It's worth it.