What is it all about?
A bang on collusion of riotous Salmanisims, romance, comedy and high adrenaline actionisims, This Sajid Nadiadwala and UTV Motion Pictures prestige Eid release is a vibrantly rampant celebration of Salman Khan’s super-stardom.
This two hours twenty six minutes delirious mix of B-town escapisms and buffoonery romanticism is insistently entertaining for Salman Khan fans and entertainment hungry souls in general underlining the debut of Sajid Nadiadwala as a director of ‘mass’ entertainer while ‘class’ seekers in their designer knickers will be left wondering the logic behind this Salmanian Hustle’.
This big -hearted Eid release (5,000 screens in as well as 42 other countries including non-traditional markets like France, Germany, Morocco and Maldives) starring Salman Khan has the capacity to ‘tout’ itself as the box office phenomenon of the year.
Sajid Nadiadwala ropes in Rajat Arora, Keith Gomes and himself along with Chetan Bhagat (as additional screenplay and writer) in the remake of the 2009 Telugu film of the same name directed by Surender Reddy staring Ravi Teja.
Knowing to search for novelty or artistic quality in a script starring Salman Khan is a joke, the writers start as per the prescriptions ordered by doctors of B-town escapisms in their Hindi adaptation of the Telugu blockbuster. Starting with psychiatrist Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) just out from a break up with Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) a born for ‘Kicks’ personality whose only mantra in life is to have ‘kick’ in whatever he does no matter how weirdly and madly it comes (elaborating further will act as spoilers) circumstances for a new ‘Kick’ in life separates Devi and Shaina.
On a train journey in Warsaw, Shaina meets Himanshu (Randeep Hooda), a police officer from India to discuss their prospective marriage. Both are reluctant to enter into an arranged union but become friends and strike a deep conversation where Shaina reveals her previous relationship with Devi.
Himanshu in turn shares his escapades as a police officer with an intelligent thief called ‘Devil’ who is always being one up against him.
Who is Devil and how is he connected with Shaina, Devi and Himanshu. What is his agenda?
All this is revealed after some romance, some dance, gripping action, comedy and lots and lots of ‘Salmanisims’ in this out and out entertainer.
What to look out for
After putting his successful stamp as a producer with remarkable understanding of the audience pulse Sajid Nadiadwala dons the hat of a director and comes out with entertaining colours.’
The love for over the top ‘David Dhawan’ type buffoonery is evident with a hurl of Karan Johar type sweetness in romanticisms poured in - watch the opening sequence and ‘Tu Hi Tu’ song, plus his own ability to carve an entertainer that carries immense expectations to crowd pleasing satisfaction in his debut attempt is not a mean task.
Here in ‘Kick’ Sajid with great help from his writers Rajat Arora, Keith Gomes and Chetan Bhagat ensure that the screenplay is not affected by Salman Khan’s ‘hangover’ and other actors do get their chance to ‘kick’ their part to achieve the common goal.
Sajid knows his art as a director and establishes the moments for the audience. Starting the movie with a smooth introduction of Jacqueline drawing interest of the audience and preparing the platform for Salman Khan’s ‘Dhamakedar’ entry setting the mood of the audience for a colourful bollywood feast.
Filled with crowd pleasing hilarious situations and adrenaline actions with right amount of emotions and drama thrown in the writers hardly leave a dull moment during the film two hours twenty six minutes running time.
Blessed by gigantic star power of Salman Khan who is in one word ‘terrific’ giving his fans immense joy in this festive season. Looking cool and ultra fit in those colour jeans and that ‘Devil’ mask Salman Khan is a killer over here.
Looking gorgeous and sexy in the ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ moves Jacqueline Fernandez gives her best till date.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is brilliant comes at the right time this highly talented actor spins a major surprise.
Randeep Hooda gives a controlled performance. Mithun Chakraborty is fantastic and it’s such a delight to see Dada dance. Archana Puran Singh is convincingly loud and clear.
Sanjay Mishra and Saurabh Shukla never fail to entertain. Nargis Fakhri in the dance number looks hot. Vipin Sharma is fine.
Cinematography by Ayananka Bose is eye pleasing. Himesh Reshammiya had already given a winner in ‘Jumme Ki Raat’ all other songs look good on screen. Julius Packiam background score is adequate.
Production values are of highest standards.
The script suffers from escapist’s cinema’s convenience and things are over the top. Jumme Ki Raat is popular but it appears to be forcefully added.
Conclusion: Fit for a solid escapist ‘Salmani’ treat, Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Kick’ is entertainingly designed to ‘click’ for Salman and Bollywood masala you have always loved. Go and get the ‘Kick’ at your nearest theatre.