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  • Nikhil Bhagwat

KICK


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

Direction: Sajid Nadiadwala

Language: Hindi

Duration: 2 Hours and 27 Minutes

Nikhil’s Rating: **

Devi Lal Singh (Salman Khan) is an ordinary man who lives for only one thing: A Kick (thrill and excitement) in his life. He has gone to Jail and done other unethical things. Even after that, he is golden hearted and is a mirror to Robin Hood. Jacqeline Fernandes as Shaina, is a girl that enters his life and isn’t happy as Devi doesn’t have a stable career. Meanwhile, she is engaged to Himanshu (Randeep Hooda), a police officer in Poland, where the film is set, is trying to nab Devi. Himanshu knows Devi as DEVIL. Himanshu is unable to nab DEVIL. Feroz (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is an illegal medical practitioner, who has set up a hospital.

I would not give away any more of the story, but will say that this movie is low on logic, but die-hard fans of Salman will have a rollicking time. The first half of this film is very slow. Even I as a movie-buff expected more thrilling instances as this movie is touted to be an Action- Thriller. The section post -intermission is more interesting.

In fact, though the second half is more action packed than the first. This movie has been-there- seen that kind of action. It borrows elements from the DHOOM franchise or the much-better- scripted and intriguing, Ek Tha Tiger and one more of Khan’s own film Dabangg for that matter; hoping the audiences get the ‘kick’ the makers expected.   Poland is the country that this film is set in. It looks really stunning because of the Cinematography done by Ayananka Bose. He has captured the never-before-seen in a Hindi film location of Poland, with finesse. Sajid Nadiadwala makes a directorial debut that is just about okay. His style of narration is better in the latter portion of the movie. The editing by Rameshwar S Bhagat could have been crisper as all the elements take a long time to reach the point. This movie is based on the Telgu version of the same name. I have not watched that version. Julius Packiam’s Background Score suits the film.

Salman Khan does a good job as Devi Lal Singh. His larger- than life image suits the movie, even though he had a not-so-good story and screenplay. Randeep Hooda as the cop Himanshu does a fine job in his meaty role. He gets ample screen-time to really show his acting and other capabilities. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Feroz is the best part in the movie. He too acts really well and his character is unpredictable. Jacquline Fernandez is okay as Shaina. Jumme Ki Raat composed by Himesh Reshammiya is a very popular song and is foot-tapping.

On the whole, KICK is a film that is a one-time watch but only if one is a die- hard Salman Khan fan. It didn’t give me the adrenaline rush that I was expecting from the Trailer.

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