Well after watching the latest Salman Khan film kick, directed by producer turned director Sajid Nadiadwala I really felt that he should have directed most of the sloppy comedies he produced. The version of Kick I have seen prior to this Bollywood one was the Tamil version starring Jayam Ravi directed by M Raja. Without a doubt I can say that this Bollywood Kick is 100 times better than the Tamil chaos.
The film focuses on this man Devi Lal Singh who is in search of kick in everything that he does. There is a romantic track of his life which started off as a result of kick and kind of ended because of the lack of it. The quest for kick takes him to a particular emotional level which transforms him into a Robin Hood kind of a person called Devil. The reason behind the emerging of devil and also the law and order’s efforts to hunt him down is what the film talking about.
I can only compare the Tamil and Hindi version of the film as I haven’t seen the Ravi Teja flick. There is annoying chaos and hell a lot of irrelevant subplots and lame jokes in Thillalangadi which made that movie a very irritating film. When it comes to Kick, you can see a lot of good changes in the screenplay that made the movie an enjoyable commercial masala which boosts the Bhai image of Salman in a very engaging manner. The story of the film is a bit exaggerated as it was generated from a Telugu mass masala film, but Mr Nadiadwala has ensured that he won’t simply waste money for less charming situations. By altering the script towards the end through the inclusion of a very interesting villain character in the form of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kick also offers some performance treat for the viewers.
Well it’s a story that easily suits the kind of over the top image Salman Khan has. Looking for too much of logic in a Salman Khan film is a crime these days. The actor has this ability to make people like him by doing these “too much” acts and he has done it here again. Devi Lal Singh was comfortable in Salman’s hands. Jacqueline was okay as Shaina. Can’t say that Randeep Hooda was wasted in the role of Himanshu. By introducing some new scenes into the screenplay they made his character look tougher than the one played by Shaam which also gave Mr Hooda a space to show his impressive acting. The new villain (don’t know whether this character was there in the Telugu version) played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui was also an interesting one as the actor gave the character that venomous feel. Mithun Chakraborty, Archana Puran Singh, Sumona, Sanjai Mishra, Saurabh Shukla and many more faces are there in the film and they have all done a good job.
In the making, as I said Mr Nadiadwala is not a bad director at all when you look at the basic story. He is supposed to deliver a Salman Khan film and in comparison with many other Salman Films that released in the recent past, Kick has something new or good about it. The hero worshipping does not go to a cheesy level but still the process was done. And also he didn’t hover around the weak love story which kind of destroys the Kick factor. Screenplay is a bit dull in the first half and for those who like big fights, the amount of stunts included in the script might disappoint you. Dialogs were pretty good. Impressive cinematography from Aynanaka Bose. Music wasn’t that great. BGM was nice. Visual effects were okay.
So to sum it up, Kick is not a great film but it’s a good entertainer that has charismatic hero and some worthy villains presented in a story which is NORMAL in terms of Salman Khan standards. My rating for Kick is a very generous 3/5. It is far better than Jai Ho and much more entertaining than Thillalangadi.
Kick is not a great film but it’s a good entertainer that has charismatic hero and some worthy villains presented in a story which is NORMAL in terms of Salman Khan standards.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended