First things first, this is a Salman Khan film. If you are looking for any sorts of sense, logic or intelligence, I request you to close the window and get back to your work right away.
If you agree with the above point and decide to read further, here we go. Kick is a remake of the Telugu film of the same name. While the original version starred Ravi Teja in the lead, the remake here has Bhai, Jacqueline Fernandes, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The team has decided to keep the basic storyline of the original intact, and then spin a web around it with snippets from the original and ideas from a new writing team, which amusingly involves Chetan Bhagat. So what does this new team do? Well nothing much. They pluck a few good scenes from the first half and pull the elastic on what is left. They add more glam to the script, injecting it wherever possible. The hero is Salman Khan, give him the attention he deserves (heroism). Make the song and chase sequences as grand as possible, burn the producers pockets. Voila! We have a Hollywoodized version of a film which was originally made with 10 crores. Following that, we have the usual Bollywood rituals of pulling in a mammoth technical team, the likes of Ayananka Bose on the camera and RS.Bhagat for the cuts. We even have three music directors, Julius Packiam’s background score and Resul Pookutty’s sound design.
Kick takes a long time to get on its heels. The first half an hour of the film is laborious, as few in the audience begin to squirm in their seats. The film shifts gears when Randeep’s story takes centre stage, the genre of the film rolling from rom-com to action. The second half is the better of the two where we have a weird but unique performance from Nawazuddin Siddiqui who comes to the rescue. The cat and mouse game between Sallu, Randeep and Nawazuddin is enjoyable, and one does feel that the Warsaw portions are the best parts of the film. The post interval scenes are exciting, thanks to some impressive chase sequences which are shot on a big scale, in common parlance – Hollywood level. This leads to a humdrum climax, where the film goes bonkers in search of an alternate ending.
Salman Khan does just what is expected of him. He jumps, flies, dances, zooms and whoops past you with a glee. Kick is a party for his fans, and does come somewhat close to what would be a ‘brilliant’ film for them. Jacqueline is adequate, and steps into the shoes of a perfect Bollywood glam doll, albeit her character being chiseled with a blonde in mind. Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin are the best you can take away from Kick, for they do slot in as apt antagonists. The rest of the cast pass muster, and that’s about it.
The production house has gone leaps and bounds on the technical side to provide a glossy feel to the film. Be it the cinematography, the art direction or the stunts, the end result is flawless. Himesh Reshammiya is truly getting back on track with his genial tunes which would have been a fest if not for the bad placements. Julius Packiam’s BGM thrives on a single tune on different terrains.
Cutting it short, Kick is fun on Bhai standards. Fans will definitely love it, the rest can give it a watch having nothing else to do. Nothing is gonna stop the film from raking in 200+ crores at the Box Office and give the haters something to whine about. After all, as Bhai himself says – ‘Mere baarein mein itna matt sochna. Dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahin’ ( Dont think too much about me. I can be loved, but not understood. )
2 / 5