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Movie review: JUST FOR KICKS


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If you are a die-hard Salman Khan fan, this film is a visual treat for you. Others will love to kick themselves for having wasted three hours at the cinema trying to figure out what the makers of the film themselves haven't. Seemingly a messy, hotch-potch of Krrish 2, Dhoom 3, Dabangg 2, et al,  Kick, to say the least, is one of the most silliest films of the decade!

Directed and produced by  Sajid Nadiadwala, under the 'Nadiadwala Grandson  Entertainment' banner, the film features Salman Khan in the lead role and the rest of the cast, including Jacqueline Fernandez who plays a psychiatrist (God knows why) and Randeep Hooda (her fiancée) are discarded like dirt with roles that mean nothing at all. The only bright spot was Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays a deplorable villain, and whose uncouth demeanour added some pep to the film.

KICK
Produced and directed by: Sajid Nadiadwala
Music: Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros, Yo Yo Honey Singh
Starring: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Rating: 1/5 Stars


Remake of a Telugu film of the same name, Kick is said to have grossed the highest collections on its opening day and secured the highest first week collections of all time, beating the likes of Dhoom 3 and Chennai Express. But then, that's only because of its Eid release and Salman's huge screen presence which is the only factor that draws audiences.

The story (there wasn't really one) unfurls as Shaina (Jacqueline), a psychiatrist in Poland, meets  her fiancée Himanshu (Randeep Hooda) in a train and they get talking about her ex-boyfriend, Devi Lal Singh (Salman) who is supposedly a dare devil because he is obsessed with seeking a kick out of everything in life. 

Having bumped into him while helping a friend elope with her lover, Shaina eventually falls in love with his appetite for thrill and decides to get married to him. However, the 'kick' came in between and they had to break up.

In the meanwhile, Himanshu, a police inspector, is out to catch a notorious thief in Poland called 'Devil', who has been targeting the rich and famous with the help of Shiv Gazra (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a corrupt businessman. And, the robber is none other than Devi (like we didn't know that) who sports a third-rate Krrish mask, does daredevil stunts in the city, destroying property and unleashing panic, with his two-penny Sallu-style dialogues thrown in between only for effect. Shaina spots Devi in Poland where he has supposedly come for psychiatric treatment (the director himself seems to need more of that). And, hey, that was only a bluff (aren't you shocked with this twist!) The rest is... (no, I'm not going to reveal the blot-of-a-plot). And, by the way, there is a Mithun Chakrabarty and an Archana Puran Singh thrown in for humour,  which worked as good as curry leaves in a plumcake.

The music is peppy but pathetic (you won't remember any song once you leave) and the dance sequences with the 'thief' at centre stage are uncalled for, only to exhibit Salman's signature movements. However, it was good to see some of the Polish background dancers enjoying doing a Bollywood number for a change.
The movie seems to end on a note that makes room for a sequel (Salman turns into a police officer, seconds before the lights come on), and going by current-day Bollywood trends, the audience will lap that up, as well, and make the cash registers ring again.

So, if you could not see Kick during the Eid holidays, you did not really miss anything. And, if you still have the urge, better drop your four bucks in the charity box at any supermarket.

— Reviewed by Hubert Vaz

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