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Movie Review Of Kick Starring Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez, Kick Movie Review

By Taran Adarsh24 Jul 2014, 22:34 hrs IST
Rating: 4.5 | 
Okay, let's get one thing straight: Salman Khan's movies are critic-proof. The naysayers or those baying for his blood may frown on the slipups and blemishes in his movies, point out gaping plot holes, accuse him of opting for remakes rather than original concepts, slam him for using his superstardom for masala entertainers... but you cannot overlook the fact that when Salman saunters on screen, he sets it ablaze with his charm and magnetism.

The star-performer carries the weight of the entire film comfortably on his broad shoulders. Everything he does on screen is emulated by his fans pronto: styling, hair style, killer dialogue, dance steps et al. Referred to as 'Bhai' by those close to him, he is now the 'Bhai' or the iconic on-screen characters he has portrayed over the years -- Prem, Radhe, Chulbul Pandey, Lovely Singh, Tiger -- for zillions of fans across the globe.

Salman Khan in The Movie Kick Poster

Salman, the star machine, is the Pied Piper of Hindi cinema. He *doesn't* promise path-breaking or art house cinema. The focus is on those three magical words: Entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. And that's what matters to a wide majority of movie-going audience.

Sure, the charismatic star's newest outing KICK is a remake of the super-successful Telugu film KICK [2009; directed by Surender Reddy and starring Ravi Teja, Ileana D'Cruz and Shaam]. But there's a world of a difference between KICK, directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, and Salman's last few entertainers. This one's more stylized, has opulence and gloss reeking in every frame and is very international in terms of execution.

However, the prime question remains the same: Is KICK Blockbuster material? Yes, of course!

The premise of KICK, first! On a train journey in Warsaw, a pretty psychiatrist, Shaina [Jacqueline Fernandez], meets Himanshu [Randeep Hooda], a police officer from India, for an arranged match. They share their pasts with each other.

Shaina shares the story of her ex-boyfriend Devi Lal Singh [Salman Khan], a guy who lived only for 'Kick'. She talks about his madness and their whirlwind romance, until one day he breaks up with her for a new kick and walks away, never to return. Himanshu tells her about his glorious escapades and that he has finally met his match -- an intelligent thief.

What they don't know is that their stories have one thing in common -- Devil. He returns back into their lives under a new guise of having lost his memory. Behind it all is a deeper mystery and an uncompromising mission…

KICK marks Sajid Nadiadwala's rendezvous with direction and though the debutant director may have looked Southwards to choose the story, when it comes to executing the written material, the inspiration is clearly the West: the larger-than-life Hollywood fares. Having produced over a dozen movies till date, Sajid has abundant experience and expertise and knows precisely how to use the familiar tropes to his advantage.

Sajid conjures up a world that combines visual brilliance with several knockout episodes. Like Salman, Sajid too has a one-point agenda: Entertainment. No wonder, Sajid and his team of writers ensure that they need to offer more to the astute viewer than what has been witnessed thus far, since the promos have raised the bar and multiplied their expectations. That explains why the cat and mouse game [played between Randeep and Salman] doesn't follow the tried and tested rules, while the conflict between the Samaritan and the antagonist [Salman and Nawazuddin Siddiqui] steers clear of the conventional configuration. As a matter of fact, the frantic twists and turns in the storyline are proof that Sajid and his writing team are keen to offer the audience that extra dose of entertainment which would make KICK a kickass entertainer.

KICK has the magnificence [in terms of production values] that was lacking in Salman's previous movies. This is a big ticket movie and Sajid, who has produced larger-than-life extravaganzas in the past, makes sure every frame appears luminous, tasteful and eye-catching. Be it the spectacular locales of Warsaw or the classy sets, the DoP [Ayananka Bose] acts as an aide and encapsulates the plush, up market look with competence. The spectator also gets an international feel during the high-octane stunts, action and chases, which garnish the goings-on magnificently. The train stunt is already the talk of town. Also, the chase in Warsaw, with Salman driving a bus, makes you gasp in disbelief.

I'd like to make a special mention of Rajat Aroraa's dialogue. The wordsmith gives the film several clapworthy lines, which are sure to become legendary. The best line is, of course, 'Mere baare mein itna mat sochna, dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahin', which comes at a crucial point in the story. The lines delivered by Nawazuddin are super too and the sequence with Salman towards the climax will be greeted with whistles and claps. Take a bow, Rajat!

Any hiccups? Yes, of course! The first half could've been tighter. A few sequences have been stretched at times [Salman and Mithun in the bar]. The songs deserved better situations. The romantic track, in the second hour specifically, could've been more persuasive.

The soundtrack remains true to the genre of the film and the popularity of 'Jumme Ki Raat' and 'Yaar Na Miley', which appears twice in the film, enhances the overall impact.

To state that Salman is the soul of KICK wouldn't be an exaggeration. He's committed, charming and competent, so much so that it's difficult to take your eyes off him. Post DABANGG, those who felt that the actor's movies lacked a cohesive script to match his superstardom, are sure to feel satiated with KICK, since the film has it all and does utmost justice to Salman's aura. In fact, the film gives him the platform to exhibit his range as an actor/star and his real-life role of a good Samaritan/humanitarian further. Rest assured, the fans and the fanatics -- even those who aren't -- are in for a treat!

Randeep Hooda is supremely efficient, delivering a performance that stays with you. And this is a huge compliment, since the film is a Salman show from commencement to conclusion. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a powerhouse of talent and KICK gives him the opportunity to cross over to the commercial league. Nawazuddin is simply outstanding, essaying his part with gusto [don't miss his typical laugh, it will definitely catch on big time]. In fact, it won't be erroneous to state that along with Salman, Nawazuddin will walk away with plaudits after KICK.

Jacqueline Fernandez does very well, although her diction needs to be worked upon. She looks great and her dance in 'Jumme Ki Raat' is sure to stun you. Mithun Chakraborty is in top form yet again. The sequence with Salman towards the concluding moments stay with you.

The supporting cast -- Saurabh Shukla [good], Sanjay Mishra [awesome], Vipin Sharma [super], Archana Puransingh [alright], Kavin Dave [first-rate], Sumona Chakravarti [perfect] -- each of them contribute well to the proceedings.

On the whole, KICK is a paisa vasool, seeti-maar entertainer. Get ready for a Tsunami called KICK at the ticket window. It is sure to rewrite box-office records. Salman fans, rejoice. KICK is a sure-shot B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R. To quote a dialogue from the film: 'Woh apni Eidi lene zaroor aayega'.

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Box Office Report of Kick, Kick Box Office Collections Report/Record

The Box Office storm named Salmania seems to have hit the Box Office and how! Salman Khan’s Kick, despite releasing on a non-holiday or rather a working day and pre-eid took a gigantic opening on Day 1 i.e. 1st Friday in India at the Box Office.

The film opened to 85-90% occupancy on an average all over India. And this resulted in the film making a whopping business of 26+ crores nett at the Box Office.

The business is extraordinary for the pre Eid period. Even a 22-23 crore nett total would have been huge but the film has gone over 25 crore nett. Rajasthan gave the best performance as it went to near record levels. The areas which under performed will do better from Tuesday onwards.

Despite releasing on a working day and considering the Ramadan period, the movie made a business of over 26 crores on the first friday, thus registering a record of 4th Highest Opening Day ever. and the second highest non holiday opening day ever. The decision to come on Friday rather than on Eid has proved correct as a 26 crore nett total is probably more than the producers expected on Pre Eid.

Mumbai audiences flocked in cinema houses making most of the shows almost housefull. Delhi-UP, East Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Nizam, West Bengal, Bihar performed was packed housefull for morning, evening/late night shows with 100% occupancy. Had the film not dropped in afternoon and early evening shows, the collections would have been even much better touching the 30 crore mark. Nevertheless, the figures are still commendable!

The film is expected to grow saturday and sunday. The advance bookings for the film’s morning and night slots were sold out day-before-yesterday itself and the afternoon and evening shows are filling fast.

Expect massive numbers coming in on 1st Saturday and 1st Sunday at the Box Office.

Last year’s Christmas release – Dhoom 3, starring Aamir Khan, holds the record of Highest Opening Day collections of 36 crores, followed by Shah Rukh Khan’s Eid Release Chennai Express, which collected 33.10 crores (being a Holiday release) and Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger (being a Holiday release) collected 32.92 crores on its opening day.

The numbers of Kick are undoubtedly great, however, it is expected to pick up on Day 2 and Day 3 even more considering a usual upward trend at the Box Office for any film. With the hike in ticket prices at multiplexes all over India, Kick is expected to make some shattering records in its opening weekend.

Not surprisingly, Kick has emerged as the Highest Opening day grosser of 2014 collecting Rs. 26.40 crores. With this, Salman's latest release out-beats his previously released film Jai Ho that collected Rs. 17.55 crores. With this, Salman Khan holds the top two slots for the highest Opening Day grossers of 2014. On the other hand, previous releases that made it to the Top 10 list namely Ek Villain, Gunday, Humshakals, 2 States, Holiday and others all drop a slot, making way for Kick right at the top.

'Jai Ho' Movie Review Starring Salman Khan and Daisy Shah

Review: Rating - ****

Politicians can never be wise and Indian film industry since years has been working over such social issues – corruption and biased system of our nation. In these movies there is always a man with certain force, who works against these social issues and makes a big difference. These issues ends finally.

Then what’s new with Sohail Khan and Salman Khan’s movie “Jai Ho”?

The concept of the movie is provocative and it has none other than Salman Khan to ensure that you make your way to the theatres.

Jai Ho is a movie that deserves your attention to the fullest, and equally demands your applause. It has the necessary strong fondness, which is thought provoking, and doesn’t mocks over the sentiments.

Jai Ho is a story of an Ex-army officer Jai Agnihotri (Salman Khan), a strictly honourable man who is fighting alone against corruption and injustice prevailing in the society. This man has a simple yet meaningful aim to help others and encourage them to help the others, forming an ever growing circle of people helping each other. On his verge he faces the anger of the local powerful politician (Danny Denzongpa) who is miffed by his noble move. But, Jai is ready to face the battle against the local politician, however bloody it may get. Jai firmly believes that you do not have to wear a uniform to serve your country.

The local politician tries to target Jai’s mother (Nadira Babbar) and sister Geeta (Tabu). This goes personal; Jai loses his cool and rises above to save his family. It is an unequal war - one side stand the politician with his numerous henchmen and on another side is Jai - alone. But unknown to him, a silent revolution started taking shape. The voiceless public, he has helped in the past, is gathering force and finally has a voice which cannot be silenced.

The idea of ‘Jai Ho’ is noble and you are moved with the message circulated throughout the movie.

Since we have Salman Kahn in the lead role, then expecting some bone crunching, face smashing action sequences is fair. Sohail has very smartly brought in the combative progression and Salman enjoys every bit of it.

Alongside goes the blooming romance between Salman Khan and Daisy Shah. Debutant Daisy Shah is impressive in her role. Other actors Suniel Shetty, Ashmit Patel, Yash Tonk, Bruna Abdullah and Sana Khan are equally good in their roles.

After a long time, Danny is successful in recreating terror. But Salman Khan takes the lead among all other actors in the movie. His generosity and simplicity wins you over so as his aggression.

Music by Sajid-Wajid is good and background score by Sandeep Shirodkar is brilliant.

Jai Ho is a sure shot entertainer, with a genuine strong message. A must watch.

John Abraham Marries Priya Runchal, His Investment Banker Girlfriend

Sorry girls, John Abraham is now a married man. It is heard that the actor is married to his investment banker girlfriend, Priya Runchal. Sources say that, the two got married in a hush hush situation with only close friends and family, it seems. The actor tweeted," Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed 2014! May this year bring you love, good fortune and joy. Love, John and Priya Abraham". We wish John a happy married life!

John Abraham With Wife Priya Runchal?

John first met Priya, an investment banker in December 2010 at a Bandra gym. John had earlier mentioned in an interview that he would be getting married in 2013. In his word, "I know it will be this year, but I don't know when. It could be in a few months or a few weeks. I am a very impulsive guy. So I might decide to get married next week! It's possible that our wedding may have just 10 people, if we include close family"..

Before John met Priya in 2010, he was in a relationship with actress Bipasha Basu. The celebrity couple called it quits in 2011.

If rumours are anything to go by, John is keen on making a biopic on JRD Tata and might even play the protagonist in the film.

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