An uneven and jerky first half, followed by some unnecessary characters-Salman Khan still makes Kick worth it.
Before reviewing the film, I would just like to add something about Salman, his controversial life that is opinionated by people and his persona.
“God’s special child,” I’m sure everyone’s heard about this.
Salman Khan is the special one! He has committed a lot of mistakes in the past and till date, he gets thrashed for them. Not by the judiciary or the court (as the case is still going on), but the people. They are so judgemental about whatever he does, be it good or bad, that they tend to criticise him and bring him down.
Perfection is a myth and Salman is a normal human being, like you and me. No one does it intentionally and plus, who are we to adjudge him guilty? Another thing, his controversial personal life, how does it relate to his profession? If he believes in entertainment and illogical cinema, that’s his person choice, right? If you go to a typical south indian restaurant and you start asking them for pizzas, don’t you think you’d be the dumb one?
He has made it clear that he’ll do that kind of cinema because that’s what he loves. If you don’t like such films, then don’t watch them. Why abuse him and talk about his court cases on social networking sites?
*I couldn’t help it. Some Salman haters didn’t like Kick because it was a Salman Khan film, I mean, really? Why would you watch it then?*
So anyway, Kick is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster of the same name, though this one has been rewritten, keeping Salman’s personality in mind. Kick starts-off well, but loses the grip in between, as the first half keeps crumbling. It is watchable because of Salman, as whenever he comes on screen, he plays with the camera and his character, and makes you stay there. Otherwise, it could bore you and make you nostalgic about your Math lectures.
I’m sure that’s because Sajid Nadiadwala, Keith Gomes, Rajat Arora and Chetan Bhagat (who worked on the screenplay) wanted to keep the essence of Salman’s films alive. But obviously, they couldn’t live up to it.
And incase you’re too let down by the film and you feel like going back home, just wait till the interval point. The scene where Salman reappears, in his french beard. That’s like the kick-ass moment, where Salman’s ‘actual’ persona comes into the picture.
After the interval, the film takes a completely different route. From a romantic-comedy, it turns into an emotional thriller. Nawazuddin Siddique’s entry is another highlight. Overall, the second half is topnotch. From the cinematography to the action sequences to the performances, everything keeps falling in place.
Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin are the diamonds of our industry, and to have them in a commercial film, opposite Salman Khan, it’s indeed a treat. They both are their usual best and there aren’t enough adjectives to describe how wonderful they are. But Nawazuddin steals the thunder because of his dedication and enthusiasm. His character was flawed and it wasn’t written perfectly, but Nawaz’s conviction made the psychotic character look so real and entertaining at the same time.
But Salman is Salman. Each and every frame-Whether he cries, laughs, falls in love or gets angry, he does it with complete persuasion. His eyes are so deep that he can convey a lot just through them.
Special Mention: Jacqueline Fernandez! She’s the most beautiful actress we have today and she plays her part quite well. Her diction is a problem but that’ll get better with time. Her solo piece in Jumme Ki Raat will make you go insane, it’ll make you lose your mind. Katrina Kaif in Kamli from Dhoom3, she was HOT right? Jacqueline in those 30 seconds would make you MELT and BURN at the same time.
The music of Salman’s film is finally amazing, as Jumme Ki Raat, Yaar Na Miley and Hangover have already topped the charts. ‘Tu Hi Tu’ by Neeti Mohan is blissful too. Dialogues by Rajat Arora are better than the script of the film, and the most memorable one is undoubtedly: “Mere baare mein itna mat sochna, dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahi.”
Sajid Nadiadwala manages to leave a mark, especially because he played it quite smart. (Perfectly used his skills and experience as a producer)
People like Riya Vij (Gippi fame) and Archana Puran Singh were poorly casted, as they really didn’t fit in, and come on, Riya can’t act. Seriously! Same goes for the woman who played Sumona’s mother.
Mithun Da, Sanjay Mishra and Saurabh Shukla don’t have much screen space but they leave a mark with their effortless work.
Overall, Kick is all about Salman Khan. The one and only, the man who is hated by many, but loved by the majority. God’s special child, as even after innumerable hardships, he has the unconditional love of his fans, and I’m one of them.
And Kick is an indirect take on Salman’s actual persona. He’s the bad boy, with a golden heart.
Jacqueline and Salman, Nawaz, Randeep and SALMAN himself: Good enough for you to go and watch this flick. Get going.
KYUNKI ISME KICK HAI! 😉