Bollywood Movie Review: Kick - The Salman Khan Feast

Dhruvi Shah , 25 Jul 2014
Kick Review
Kick Review

Honestly, why do you go to watch a movie that has Salman Khan in the lead? Because you love “bhai” or you know what to expect. Kick isn’t a ground-breaking film. But it’s very clever in its approach. Kick is about Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) who turns into a Devil. Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) and Himanshu Tyagi (Randeep Hooda) are looking for a certain person that has changed their lives. And this person is the protagonist of the film.

The film takes place in what seems like a make-believe world, where Salman Khan’s character is a superhero. Even when he is a Devil, he is more like the Fallen Angel. We follow his character’s journey through his introduction, his romance, his mischief, his hide-and-seek with the police, his affection for kids, his interactions with other actors and then he leaves us with one thought.

“Mere baare mein itna mat sochna, dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahi.” (Don’t think about me so much, I reside in your heart, even though you may not understand me.)

Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in Kick
Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez in Kick

With Kick, the lines between reel life and real life are blurred. It’s a showcase of everything Salman Khan is in life and on celluloid. There are references to his popular Chulbul Pandey character from the Dabangg movies, there are digs at the melodramatic and heavy dialogues he can’t sincerely deliver, there is a comment on how he is of marriageable age but won’t settle down. Of course, there are examples of how much he drinks, even if his dad is around, or how there are police investigations against him and he might be jailed.

It must be said that the production values in Kick are superb. Sajid Nadiadwala has spent money and time on the film and it shows. It looks expensive and slick. And it’s also amazing to watch actors from varied genres, like Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddique, Jacqueline Fernandez and Salman Khan in the same frame. There are no boundaries of “commercial cinema”, “parallel cinema”, “just a pretty heroine” limiting the film. It’s just a good symphony of performances.

I did think the first half was more fun and the second half was stretched. I did catch myself smiling and laughing and just gaping in different scenes. But it wins points for engaging me and eliciting responses rather than plain boredom.

Either, you’ll get a kick out of the film or you’ll leave with a hangover. But there’s a definitely a lot of Salman in it for you.

Let us know your thoughts on Kick and whether you’re going to watch it or not, in the comments below. :)

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