Bollywood Movie Review: Son of Sardaar

Rashmi Daryanani , 14 Nov 2012
Son of Sardaar
Son of Sardaar

Jassi (Ajay Devgn) is a London-based sardaar who is ready to return to his village in India so he can sell a plot of land previously owned by his father. However, just before leaving, he learns that there is a family there just waiting to kill him so that they can avenge their father’s death (which occurred at the hands of Jassi’s dad). He sets off, however, thinking that everyone must have gotten over past feuds, and on his journey meets and falls in love with Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha). Unfortunately for him, she belongs to the very family that wants him murdered – and, unwittingly, he ends up in their house for lunch. The men in the family figure out who he is, but luckily, Jassi’s safe for now – the family abides by the principle that guests are like God, and therefore won’t harm him while he’s within their walls.

Ajay Devgn fought long and hard against YRF to try to get his film more screens – but does the film deserve it? Read our Pros and Cons list to find out.

Pros:

Son of Sardaar
Son of Sardaar

+ Juhi Chawla. What a firecracker she is. She shines in every scene that she has, winning you over in the way that only she can. If there’s one good thing about the film, it’d have to be her. Sonakshi Sinha, for her part, has a meatier role than her previous movies, which she’ll be happy for – but still, it’s a fairly typical role, the kind that she’s already done before.

Cons:

Son of Sardaar
Son of Sardaar

– It’s senseless. It’s your usual physics-defying, logic-defying masala film – the kind where the hero will fling his bag at countless villains, without the bag sustaining one tear. The kind where the villain will punch a wall, and bricks will break, but his knuckles will not have even the slightest scratch. Now, believe me, I am okay with leave-your-brains-at-home filmwatching, but Son of Sardaar is more like leave-your-brains-at-home filmmaking. And yet, this would still be okay, except…

– It’s boring. I’m a big believer that masala entertainers deserve their spot in Bollywood, but this film is no entertainer. The jokes are drab, scenes drag on pointlessly, and the dialogues are just ridiculous at points (right in the beginning, one supposedly badass gangster spouts off the line “Move your butt from here”). It says a lot about your film when the silly Po Po Po song is the most entertaining part about it – and that too comes in the end credits.

Son of Sardaar
Son of Sardaar

– It’s lengthy. When there are too few gags, you just hope that a short runtime can help you cut your losses. But this is not the case – after taking forever, Jassi finally leaves the house (remember that he cannot be hurt while he’s in the house), only to re-enter, leave again, and enter yet again… it got to the point where I just wanted them to kill him, burn the house, just do whatever it took so that I could leave the cinema and get on with my life. I needed SOS from SOS.

Verdict:

Son of Sardaar
Son of Sardaar

Don’t bother going. I’d suggest picking Jab Tak Hai Jaan instead – despite its flaws and length, it’s still a better choice.

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