Saturday, July 26, 2014


Superhit And Run

Salman Khan has built a monstrously successful career with Southern film remakes. Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick comes from the 2009 Telugu original, which four writers, including Chetan Bhagat, have worked on to adapt. The result, a 150-minute Salman Khan item number, watched by ‘Bhai’ fans cheering so lustily that they often drowned out the dialogue (in a suburban moviehall).

A Salman Khan fan does not demand intelligence or logic in his film. If ‘Bhai’ fights, dances, smirks, utters one great dialogue and puts his sunglasses on the back of his collar, that’s all they want. 

If Sajid Nadiadwala picks up the director’s chair, then it’s obvious that no expense would be spared.  Extravagant action sequences, nifty dance numbers, shooting in picturesque Warsaw (you feel sorry for the Poles on seeing Bollywood desecrate the lovely city) for no reason but that it provides some novel locations.

Salman plays a character with the lame moniker, Devi Lal Singh (so that it can be turned to Devil), who does bizarre things because he wants a kick out of life. He falls in love with Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) who is a psychiatrist—only so she gets to say “therapy” a few times, otherwise she is meant to stand around looking either dumb or dumber.

But the adoring audience applauding every scene has to be told – in an animated sequence—that Devi is a genius, class topper and also a daredevil puller of death-defying stunts. Short of genuflecting before him, the characters in the film do everything to show their admiration and awe.

The brilliant Devi Lal can’t keep down a job, but the masked Devil is a thief stealing large sums of money for a good cause. Himanshu (Randeep Hooda), the cop who chases him from Delhi to Poland, is also Shaina’s new fiancé, and they swap notes about the adrenaline junkie—the kick addict—but never even suspect that he might be the same person. Because a real villain is needed, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is trotted out late in the film, and he walks away with every scene he is in.

The film doesn’t even pretend to make sense, otherwise how come Devi falls into the river in Poland, but is alive and ‘kicking’ in Delhi the next minute? There are armies of computer savvy cops across continents and he slips through the net? Unless of course, he swam all the way back to India. He is Salman Khan,  anything is possible.

The audience is not at all demanding, which is good for Nadiadwala and Salman Khan. They can take their millions and go on to make another rubbishy blockbuster.


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