Kick ~ Review

Salman Khan rocks in action fuelled Kick. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

Not every day you hear whistles in the UK cinemas when a hero enters the frame! You are without delay, brought to reality that you are watching a Salman Khan film surrounded by the unapologetic Salman Khan fans and you are expected to watch a film all about him and only him for the next two hours.

Astonishingly, Kick is not like any other Salman Khan film; this one has much more than his magnetism and charm. It has a story (surprisingly), high end action, well planned thefts, comic scenes and brilliant acting performances by almost all. Ok yes, it is basically a Dhoom 4.

Kick starts off with the introduction of Devi (Salman) as a genius, whimsical, lost soul, who gets into trouble for the right reasons and more importantly because he gets a ‘kick’ out of it. ‘He’ is the adrenaline rush!

Salman Khan Kick

Shaina is the (dumbest) psychiatrist who does nothing more than wearing skimpy clothes and passing a few neurology related terms to make us believe that she is a psychiatrist.

Hero-Heroine introduced! Thus follows a romantic story between Devi (Salman) and Shaina (Jacqueline). One wonder is Devi falls in love with Shaina to get a kick out of it too!

Basically, the first (very slow paced) half of the film is about Salman’s spectacular acts to get a Kick, romance with Shaina followed by oddly timed songs and a break-up. Devi disappears from her life.

The latter half of the film is when the story catches some pace and action. Salman comes back as Devil in a new avatar. (Yes, this time he has a French beard in Poland!) Wait, Jacqueline too is in a new avatar; this time along with skimpy clothes she is also wearing geeky spectacles!

Kick is about the angelic Devil on a mission to steal from the villains.
Brilliant acting performances by Randeep, surprisingly Salman too but it’s Nawazuddin who steals the show.
Nadiadwala, does a great job as a debutant and makes us overlook that he once produced Sajid Khan films.
Technically very strong, superb action scenes and stylishly shot by Ayananka Bose.
The songs though oddly timed are foot tapping, hummable and engaging.
The film is a complete masala-entertainer with Salman served on a platter for his fans. Review Scores by Komal Shastri-Khedkar.

From a good-hearted, unambitious Devi, Salman has now turned into Devil, a thief who does some really high end, entertaining, death defying thefts. He is chased by Randeep Hooda as Himanshu Tyagi, playing a top cop from India whose only goal is to catch Devil. Of course, coincidentally he is also Shaina’s fiancé.

Steps in the baddie of the film, Nawazuddin as Shiv Gajra, who like always, steals the show. He is a criminal who runs a charitable trust called ‘Angel Healthcare’. Shiv is the maniac two-faced villain who gives Devil a tough time. Thus is the combat between Angel (who is actually devilish) vs Devil (who is Angelic)! How thoughtful by the writers! Applause!

Kick has brilliant acting performances by Randeep Hooda and mainly Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Though Nawaz has a short role, he comes and overshadows even Salman in the scenes. Randeep Hooda, plays a superior version of lame Abhishek Bachchan from Dhoom and has given a very subtle velvety performance. Hopefully he will get his due with Kick.

It is very overwhelming to see, Salman, at least finally in the second half of his career to be taking efforts to improve his acting and actually gives a great performance in Kick. Of course at times he takes his fans for granted, but that’s completely OK!

When it comes to acting, Jacqueline makes Katrina Kaif look better. But she is forgiven for the few minutes of stunning dance with splits and all, she performs in ‘Jumme Ki Raat’. She is hot like a lava.

Director Sajid Nadiadwala, does such a great job as a debutant that he makes us overlook the fact, that he once produced Sajid Khan films. He delivers what he promises, a very high entertainer with lots of action, drama, comedy, suspense and lots of Salman in it!

The story of Kick has many plot holes also you cannot really have high expectations from the screenplay once you see the India’s bookish mastermind, Chetan Bhagat’s name in the credit.

The action scenes of the film are extremely stylish and Hollywood-esque. In audiences’ words: “Bahut paisa kharch kiya hai boss!”

The cinematography of Ayananka Bose is also very finesse and glossy going well with the theme of the film. Songs by Himesh Reshammiya are very catchy but the credit mostly goes to Salman Khan for making them hummable.

Thus Kick is definitely a well worth spending two hours on a weekend for. It has absolutely everything you can ask for. A complete masala- action entertainer!! I say if you’re thinking about the film even on the next day, it surely has caught your attention well!

The film is like Salman’s dialogue: “Dil mein aata hu, samajh mein nahin! (Don’t try to understand me, Just love me!)” Go watch it and get your Eidi.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”