There should be a separate benchmark for Salman Khan movies. Not only because they are mostly just high-action masala entertainers and the `Bhai` does not venture into other genres any more, but also because his audience simply worship him.
When Sajid Nadiadwala decided to step into the director`s shoes, he pulled out all stops. He has invested everything he could to make the movie look slick and make sure this is Salman`s biggest release of the year. `Kick` is based on a 2009 Telugu blockbuster by the same name.
Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) does eccentric things to get a `kick` out of life. He goes to any lengths to get that extra spark out of life, which borders on insanity. He is loved by everyone around, but he does have ulterior motives behind his antics. Jacqueline as Shaina is a psychologist and Devi Lal`s love interest.
Made in a typical south Indian masala style, the entire movie can be summed up in its own dialogue "Main dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahin" (I enter hearts, but can`t be understood). It is all about Salman`s aura. Sajid has fit him into as many frames as possible, and he looks terrific. The actor has not looked this slick in a while now and every time he mouths a dialogue the hall erupts in another round of wolf whistles.
The script is not written with a lot of finesse, although that should not matter as none of the audience is expecting that. The storyline is senseless and has a lot of loopholes, but it is made up for by some good action sequences and over-the-top dialogues that are sure to go down well with Salman fans. The cinematography and CGI effects are not too bad, but the Rohit Shettyesque flying cars and vehicles breaking in every direction has become too cliched and gets boring.
The first half of the movie is slow, with a lot of scenes that could have been done away with. The entry of the `Dabbang` star as Devil in the second half is where the excitement begins. The Robin Hood of modern day Bollywood is a superhero simply because he is Salman. He can jump off buildings and wreck things to get his way without a batting an eyelid. Despite not making any sense, his screen presence is thrilling.
Jacqueline looks rather good paired with Khan – and she is positively vibrant in `Jumme Ki Raat`. That dance sequence choreographed by Ahmed Khan is fantastic and Jacqueline will make your jaw drop. The Eid special song composed by Himesh Reshammiya is already a hit and is going to stay with the masses for a while, although not in the `Munni Badnaam` way. Jacqueline does need to work on her diction, but the exotic accent has worked for Katrina before, so it may not be too much of a problem for her either.
A special mention to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as one does not expect him to fit into this genre of cinema. He is extremely talented and fit into the character`s shoes without any trouble. Here too he has moulded himself as a maniacal villain with all the expected drama. It was fun watching him in such a heavily commercialised venture and we hope he continues doing his brand of cinema too along with big budget flicks.
Salman `Dabangg` Khan, has made sure with `Kick`, that he has another multi-crore hit under his belt. The movie is exactly what it promises - a larger than life Salman Khan movie which the director knows will go down well with his massive fan following. The actor is at ease playing a quirky hero – comic, with a big heart, can beat baddies to pulp as easily as he can romance long legged lasses. If you are a Salman fan – go watch the movie. Don`t expect any ground-breaking, revolutionary filmmaking. This is as entertaining as it gets.