Hawaizaada (transl. Aeroplane) is a 2015 Indian Hindi drama film written, directed and produced by Vibhu Puri along with Reliance Entertainment. Inspired by the biography of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, the film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Sharda. Set in Bombay, 1895, it follows the purported story of Talpade who is credited with having constructed India’s first unmanned plane.
The film released on 30 January 2015. The film was declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh.
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.
Ayushmann Khurrana as Shivkar Bapuji Talpade
Pallavi Sharda as Sitara
Mithun Chakraborty as Pandit Subbaraya Shastri
Naman Jain as Narayan
Jeffrey Goldberg as Wilson
Krutika Deo as Champa
Jayant Kripalani as Gopal Talpade
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