Kick

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Movie review: Kick is no typical Salman film, it's much more!

By HT

Genre: Action/comedy
Cast: Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Mithun Chakravorty, Jacqueline Fernandes, Saurabh Shukla, Archana Puran Singh, Sanjay Mishra, Vipin Sharma.
Director: Sajid Nadiadwala
Plot: Dr Shaina (Jaqueline Fernandes), a psychiatrist, and top cop Himanshu (Randeep Hooda) plan to get married to each other. There is a hitch though: before anything, they must trace the Devil and Devi Lal Singh. Actually, they are both looking for the same man! Kick is all about their chase and the fight.

For a change, Salman Khan's Kick has much more going for it than just his charisma. It has a story and some brilliant performances to boot. It also has Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Nargis Fakhri and Jacqueline Fernandes. Want more?

SPOILERS AHEAD

Kick opens with psychiatrist Shaina (Jaqueline Fernandes), based in Poland, struggling with a break-up with the jobless Devi (Salman Khan). He's weird, but good at heart, we are told. Shaina's father wants her to consider top Indian cop Himanshu (Randeep Hooda). Trouble is, even he is not interested in marriage. Himanshu has put everything in his life on hold till he's nabbed a thief, the only unsolved case in his profile.

Soon we are also told how Devi's parents (Mithun Chakravorty and Archana Puran Singh) have spoiled him. Mithun plays the indulgent father who goes out of his way to keep his son happy, even ramming his bike into a police station where Salman's locked up.

This part of the narrative abounds in typical Salman Khan-style antics and jokes: you see him chatting up to Jaqueline with cheesy one-liners, and even helping a friend (Sumona Chakravarti) get married against the wishes of her MLA mother.

Now cut to the present: Salman Khan enters the scene and the adrenaline rush, as described by Shaina, begins. He carries out a series of high-profile thefts, and Himanshu is chasing him relentlessly.

Meanwhile, the subplots reveal and we are told why Devi has turned into Devil.

Almost all the theft scenes remind you of the Aamir Khan-Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Dhoom:3:  from the planning, the action sequences and even to the high-octane face-off between the cop and the thief over a bridge. In fact, Salman even jumps off the bridge -- only he does it with the bus he's riding! That said, the scenes are well shot and a treat for Bollywood movie-goers.

You will, nonetheless, find a few faults with the story. For instance where Jacqueline disappears in the end is left for the audience to guess. Also, during the last theft of Devil, we wonder why should a clever thief (one who meticulously plans his projects) would not think of an exit plan for one of the biggest thefts of his life?

In terms of performances, Salman Khan does what he is expected to do -- be cheesy and whip up the weird quotient. Interestingly, he even essays the Devil pretty well! Randeep Hooda looks convincing as the good cop and fits the role perfectly well. Both Saurabh Shukla, as a politician, and Vipin Kumar, as the villain's flunkey, are fun to watch. Sanjay Mishra plays does justice to his character the dumb-struck police officer who is made to witness the wierd father-son duo while Saurabh Shukla impresses with his dad act, especially in the scene where he first meets Salman and is extremely intimidated by him.

Sadly, Jadqueline's performance comes across as average, but that's because she suffers in comparison.

The best performance roll of honour for this film definitely rests with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays a corrupt politician-cum-businessman without any moral qualms. Siddiqui's role may be minuscule in the two-and-a-half hour-long film, but he makes the most of it, even overshadowing Salman and Hooda.

Watch out for his devilish laugh and that bone-chilling chuckle. This is one devil the audience won't be able to ignore for a long time.

Director Sajid Nadiadwala does a brilliant job for a debutant and is sure to make us forget the other Sajid who has inflicted crimes like Humshakals on us.

What's in Kick for Salman Khan fans?
If you are an unapologetic Salman Khan fan, Kick will make you forgive him for Jai Ho, the horror he dished out earlier this year. He does everything in this film you love him for – singing, dancing, fighting, being weird and cocky to the hilt. Kick is a good masala entertainer, very much Salman Khan-style.

Hangover, the song that Salman Khan has crooned for the film, is already a raging hit on YouTube (with over 4 million hits). This time he even utters some of the most romantic lines he's ever said on screen since Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Take this for a lover's parting shot: "Tumhare saath boodha hona chahta hoon, tumhare karan nahi."

And for non-fans?
If you belong to the minority, Sajid Nadiadwala offers a decent story, and backs it up with some brilliant performances. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saurabh Shukla, Mithun Chakravorty and Sanjay Mishra are actors no Bollywood fan would ever want to miss. Salman fan or not, this is a film Bollywood movie lovers will find worth the time and money.