Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui,Mithun Chakraborty, Archana Puran Singh, Saurabh Shukla,Sumona Chakravarti
Direction: Sajid Nadiadwala
A massive throng of movie aficionados (obviously die-hard Salman fans) on the anterior of ticket window and a jam like situation out side the cineplexes are a few such social phenomenons which often precede the release of any and every Salman movie. And with the release of much awaited Salman starrer of the year 'Kick ' the history once again repeated itself.
When the first looks of 'Kick' made it to grapevine and virtual world, numerous 'Dhoom-bastic' and 'Krrish-matic' buzzes about its being something on the lines of 'Dhoom' and 'Krrish' started shaping around it, but finally in order to brush aside all such speculation this one of the most anticipated cine flick of the year made it to cine arena.
Starring Jacquline Fernandes, Randeep Hooda, Nawazudin Siddhiqui and Mithun Chakraborty this directorial venture of Sajid Nadiadwala and the remake of a southern super-hit with same name, 'Kick' succeeded in securing a cent percent occupancy at its opening (Do I need to specify the obvious reasons?).
Anyhow leaving aside the chronology of events which preceded 'Kick', let's apprise you about the premise of the movie first. 'Kick' primarily is the story of a fun loving, but otherwise a super-brainy guy, Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) whose ultimate aim in life is to get a kick (a fit of adrenaline rush with a superb dose of thrill) in whatever he does or is supposed to do. And right at the onset of the movie Devi has a rendezvous with Shaiana (Jacqueline Fernandez) who leaves our very own 'kick hungry' Casanova love-struck.
With frames rolling ahead love battens between Devi and his 'Psycho' beauty Shaina, but the short-lived love story bumps into an obstacle as the latter could not handle Devi's lack of commitment on professional front. Then the plot takes a massive leap of almost an year or so and Shaina migrates to Poland where her family fixes her match with a super cop of Indian origin, Himanshu Tyagi (Randeep Hooda), who has arrived in Poland in search of a heist-master, Devil, who incidentally happens to be Shaina's ex Devi. So what follows when Himanshu and Shaina realize that their Devi and Devil are not two, rather one individual? To know book your tickets for this mega cine-enterprise starring Salman.
Well before going ahead with the story analysis I would like to make one thing very clear right at the onset that, 'MASALA MOVIES' or MASALA ENTERTAINERS' are neither the warm hosts for the logics, nor they like to see them loitering in the cine ballroom (so logic should voluntarily leave the cine arena) and in fact it won't be wrong to say that "Masala Movies" come with an indiscernible disclaimer underneath stating, "leave your brains out" and up-till some extent so is the case with Kick too.
As far as premise of 'Kick' is concerned then it has nothing grand or 'never-seen-before' kind of cine idea at its core, but it certainly is a soothing potpourri of action, drama, love, charity, foreign locations, an item number, a gorgeous female lead and at last but not least Salman Khan. But on the hind-side there is no denying the fact that whole of the cine proceeding of 'Kick' keeps you reminding of Dhoom franchise.
Be it anything pertaining to the premise of 'Kick' it conspicuously looks like something tailored to fit around Salman. Nothing much except fretwork of Salman-ism all over it 'Kick' is somewhat tepid in the first half and could have been more gripping. But as soon as the second half arrives things get a bit catalyze and engrossing, but again I don't have any contrition in saying that don't ask for the logic if you are watching a masala entertainer featuring Salman, who is the hero of masses and owns persona which can make even a bottomless vessel sail brilliantly amid a squall.
So in nutshell for logic-less yet entertaining premise of 'Kick' all that would be apt to quote is that, " Premise Ke Baare Mein Itna Mat Sochna, Dil Mein To Aata Hai Par Samajh Mein Nahi" (don't think to much about the premise, it appeals your heart, but does not fit into your logical modality). And for this valor tons of accolades for Sajid who munificently banked upon the star power of Salman and converted a somewhat above average story idea into an entertaining celluloidic portraiture. Although I don't want to embed any sort of spoiler alert here, but would certainly like to mention that despite an above average entertaining vigor throughout its run-time, climax takes this entire cine enterprise to a next level which gifts you a sort of bunch of satisfaction which you take back home along with you. Hence you have got all the good reasons to over look the flaws prevailing in the story.
In dialogue department, Rajat Arora has done a great job by keeping those inflated and pompous rhetoric chunks at bay, in fact it won't be wrong to say that, it's Rajat's smart and scintillating writing which put in the shade the minor shortcomings prevailing in the script.
Though 'Kick' has been the directorial debut of Saajid Nadiadwala, but in screenplay domain man didn't leave anything unexplored and painted a mammoth cine chronicle on the celluloid full of whistle worthy action sequences, songs and even the humor sequences. One thing which is pertinent to mention here is that, had Nadiadwala invested a higher dose of 'logical validity' then probably the end product would have been far more captivating. But the thing which one can't disregard is that the screenplay of 'Kick' seldom looses its momentum (despite the absence of logics) and rather adjusts its pace as per the demand of the script.
Undoubtedly along with his team of screenplay writers comprising of doyen scribs like Chetan Bhagat and Rajat Arora Nadiadwala magnificently succeeds in keeping the viewers gazes agglutinated at the power of thrill. But as far as story-telling efficiency of the man on director's chair is concerned then it looks a bit flaccid. Editing of Rameshwar falls on the better side of the line and the man conveniently succeeds in making the best use of his scissors. Action of Anal Arasu are top rate and looks like something tailored exclusively for Salman, especially the train stunt. DoP of Ayanka Bose splendidly adds to the appeal of the onscreen proceedings by adroitly capturing the spectacular locales of Warsaw, high octane action sequences and even those adrenaline boosting chases.
With few foot thumping aural handsel like 'Jumme Ki Raat' and 'Yaar Na Miley' music of 'Kick' is very much in accordance with the spirit of the movie.
Well, as far as performances are concerned then there is no denying the fact that any cine chronicle (irrespective of its banner) featuring Salman, ipso facto turns into a Salman enterprise and 'Kick' is no exception to the rule. In-fact it won't be wrong to say that just like any other movie 'Kick' also turns out to be an out and out Salman affair. And just like some of his previous flicks Salman once again succeeds in charming his fans by his performance. Be it about performing those gravity defying stunts or donning the robe of a good Samaritan or even flaunting that wickedness of a devil everything Salman does with such a virtuosity that you without any willies start admiring his onscreen character.
Jacqueline adds sufficient glamour to the onscreen proceedings even while being in a decorous gal avatar, but she still needs to brush her acting skills if she really want to give industry's A grader lasses a run for their money. Randeep Hooda as usual surpasses the benchmark while playing a cop and besides deserves a huge bunch of accolades because registering one's presence while sharing screen-space with Salman is something next to impossible for any male protagonist of Bollywood.
Nawazuddin gets a limited scope to perform, but just like ever he too seems to be in his top form and redefines the established norms, set for an onscreen antagonists. Nargis in cameo looks ravishing. Supporting cast comprising of Mithun Chakraborty, Archana Puran Singh, Saurabh Shukla,Sumona Chakravarti et al performs well and thoroughly add to the authenticity of the onscreen proceedings.
To sum up, despite Salman's gravure all over it 'Kick' is more than a 'routine-potboiler' knitted around Salman-ism. It has whistle worthy action, drool-worthy drama, enticing love, Being Human kind of charity, foreign locations, an item number, a gorgeous female lead and at last but not least Salman himself to charm you. So on whole I am going ahead 3 out of 5 stars for this kick-ass Sal-Man entertainer which may not give a 'KICK' to some of the viewers (the Salman non-liker ilk), but at the same time will not leave you esurient for entertainment too.