Direction: Sajid Nadiadwala
Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddique, Mithun Chakraborty, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra1/2
‘Kick’ is the kind of film where I allow my better judgment to be blurred and just soak in this spicy potpourri. This delicious Bollywood masala fare is served with a dash of romance, a generous dose of action, dollops of melodrama and some pontification.
Not only are there Salmantricks galore for every die-hard fan, but also two strong male supporting characters, which is a first. Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddique are perfectly cast and belt out commendable performances.
Randeep Hooda plays a tough cop – intense, sharp and suave. Hooda stands tall in a film that is essentially supposed to belong completely to Salman Khan. You cannot help but notice this no-nonsense cop, who talks tough but is afraid to be jilted at the altar. It’s amazing how he blends the intensity with vulnerability, making him such an appealing character in every film.
Nawazuddin Siddique brings a chilling edge to his character – you can’t help but gape at this ruthless villain who calmly pinches bubble-wrap for stress relief, immediately after he has committed a cold-blooded murder. You realize this neurotic man is despicable and evil but you can’t help but laugh when he says, “Goro ne China ka maal chipka diya, paanch minute nahi tik paye.” In a completely commercial film, Nawazuddin pitches a perfect performance.
Although there is nothing original in this Sajid Nadiadwala film, the director weaves in every element for total impact. The chases keep you hooked: whether they are through the narrow bylanes of purani Dilli or the international police chasing our hero in Warsaw, Poland. High-octane action and ample drama sure make ‘Kick’ a complete entertainer.
There is plenty for ardent Salman Khan fans – there is less over-the-top dialogue-baazi and more fun to be had with Devi Lal Singh. Romance, humour and some awe-inspiring stunts (reportedly, done by the hero himself) are all neatly folded into this thriller. In fact, I can’t remember whether Salman takes off his shirt at all in this film, but I still heard the whistles ring in at regular intervals.
When you hear Devi (Salman Khan) sermonize about saving young lives, you wonder how come he never factors in the collateral damage he is causing and the innocent lives that are lost on that account. But I guess, you are ready to overlook all that when you see Salman dance to ‘Saat samundar par’ for Himanshu Tyagi (Randeep Hooda).
‘Kick’ is not just complete paisa vasool for Salman Khan fans, it is actually awesome to see that actors like Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddique get such meaty roles in a Khan film.
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