Kick: A Glossy Salman Masala Fare
There is a new genre which has originated in the last few years and it is called the Salman Khan genre of Bollywood movie, which has only one highlight and that is Salman himself. Kick also explores the typical Salman Khan genre of movie and takes it to dizzying heights with a glossy packaging by Sajid Nadiadwala who debuts as a director with Kick.
Kick is the remake of Telugu blockbuster of 2009 with the same name, but Sajid has made enough and more changes in the screenplay to fit it to the bollywood mould. It tells us the story of Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) a Good Samaritan who gets a Kick by doing odd jobs which gives him an adrenaline rush, what instigates him to become Devil is explored in the 146 mins of screen time.
The Story is by Vakkantham Vamsi and screenplay by Rajat Arora, Keith Gomes, Sajid Nadiadwala himself and with additional screenplay by Chetan Bhagat. The beginning is weak which explores Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) and Devi Lal (Salman Khan) love story which goes nowhere excluding some funny sequences. The screenplay picks up with the entry of Inspector Himanshu Rai (Randeep Hooda) and Devil (Salman Khan) and it suddenly becomes a racy thriller till the climax. It has too many characters with too many plots going in parallel which has no relevance to the main plot. There are too many loop holes in the script which does not form a cohesive narration. But it is the dialogues of Rajat Arora which is the winner and brings the applause and the whistles.
Sajid Khan has not compromised on anything, whether it is the lavish settings, brilliant action sequences and grand song picturization. As a debut Sajid has shown a spark as a film maker. He does complete justice to Salman Khan the star, giving him a larger than life role and showcasing all the Salman antics which he knows will be lapped up by the audience. While watching this movie and the way the audience were going berserk it proved that Sajid has a winner in hand. I hope only if he invested a bit more on the screenplay then it would have been a complete package.
Cinematography by Ayananka Bose is another highlight of the movie; Ayananka captures Polland and India beautifully. Action by Anal Arasu is very impressive especially the Bus chase sequence in Warsaw.
Almost all Salman Khan movies are strong in music content, and Kick is no exception. Himesh Reshamiya (Jumme ki Raat & Tu Hi Tu), Meet Bros (Hangover) and Yo Yo Honey Singh (Yaar Na Mila) have given foot tapping music. To compliment it Ahmed Khan has choreographed the songs beautifully and on a lavish scale. Though as per the screenplay Jumme Ki Raat and Yaar Na Mila look a bit forced.
After Dabangg , Salman Khan looks at ease in Kick, he makes a strong impact with a tailor made role of Devil which was missing in his last few movies. Randeep Hooda as Himanshu Rai does a brilliant job and stands tall in front of Salman’s larger than life portrayal. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the main villain Shivam brings the arch typical villain of Bollywood back with his portrayal and is excellent. In this movie it was important to have a very strong actor playing the villain to compliment Salman’s Devil and Nawazuddin does complete justice. Jacqueline Fernandez does not have much to do other than looking good and she does add the glamour quotient well. Mithun Chakroborty, Archana Puran Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra & Vipin Sharma are wasted in brief roles.
Sajid Nadiadwala does a successful job of creating a typical Salman Khan blockbuster and it will definitely rake in the moolah, but my humble suggestion please do not look out for logic and you will be not be disappointed. Kick is definitely a movie for the Salman Khan fans, I will go with 3 stars….
Movie Rating: (3 / 5)