Kick film review

By Sayantan Dalal

Film: Kick

Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda

Director: Sajid Nadiadwala

Rating: **1/2

For the first time in my life I was excited to watch a Salman Khan movie. Well if the trailer looked so cool, and with the likes of versatile Nawazuddin Siddiqui, uber cool Randeep Hooda, sensuous Jacqueline Fernandez and the amazing Mithun Chakraborty also in the starcast, what on earth can go wrong, right? Nope, I was wrong. When you have a 'devil' of a screenplay, everything can go wrong!

Just when you thought Salman has managed to do the unthinkable, leave it to director Sajid Nadiadwala to give you a reality check and prove why Salman films are meant only for his die-hard fans. 

The plot? You meet this genius Devi Lal (Salman Khan), who can't keep a job, even though he comes up with holograms and stuffs, gets a 'kick' by helping his friends elope, beat up eve-teasers, and trying to woo Shaina (Jacqueline Fernandez) a psychiatrist. Then comes the 'being human' part where he needs money to save a child and out comes the mask, the French beard and Salman takes to robbing the super-rich! Soon a cat-and-mouse game resumes with cop Himanshu (Randeep Hooda) and arch nemesis Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Devi Lal's trail. The rest I am sure you must have figured it out by now.  

Kick was supposed to be tense, twisty and a terrific action thriller, to some extent it is, but it's far from hitting a home run. Nadiadwala, with the help of screenwriter Chetan Bhagat, is telling the same damn story as seen before. But this time he's taking more time than ever to do it. Just shy of two and a half hours, Kick becomes a punishing endurance test, especially in the first half, which was crying out loud for a punch!

The acting? It's all the way Salman, he does what he does best. But, the credit should go to Nawazuddin Siddiqui. He is the only fully alive presence onscreen, mostly because he plays this over the top character, which even managed to get some laughs. The rest is all sound and fury, signifying the usual Salman starrer.

Song sequences are not bad, and Jacqueline Feranandez is super hot, but it's simply not enough.

To watch or not to watch: 

Every move that Salman makes rivets attention. It's true that we won't see his like again. But, Kick could have been so much better. If the trailer had that wow factor, the film simply killed it. So watch Kick if only you are a die-hard fan of Salman.

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