Cast: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda
Director: Sajid Nadiadwala
Story: Vakkantham Vamsi
Screenplay: Rajat Arora, Keith Gomes, Sajid Nadiadwala, Chetan Bhagat
Putrid remake Kicks out Kick
Notwithstanding the Box Office failure of Jai Ho (Stalin remake), Salman Khan braces up with yet another Southern remake – Kick (remake of Telugu Kick penned by Vakkantham Vamsi). Salman’s Kick has hit the screens this Friday, on the eve of Eid. Like all Salman’s Eid releases, naturally, expectations are too high on this offing. Curious to know whether the film lived up to all the hype or not? Sadly, it’s not. Fairly put, this Kick is a putrid copy of the original (Ravi Teja-Ileana starrer).
Kick is the story of Devi Lal Singh aka Devil who does anything, everything for kick. Yet, Devi’s heart is at right place that makes Dr Shaina (Jacqueline) fall for him. But the fairy love tale ends abruptly within no time. Shaina finds her new fiance Himanshu (Randeep Hooda), a tough cop who is desperately hunting for Devil. To all the latecomers, Devil is a masked thief who robs corrupt in order to help ailing children all over India. Devil is none other than Devi. Everyone knows this except Himanshu, Dr Shaina. Like all the films of thief versus super-cop, this one too showcases cat-and-rat race. How did Himanshu track down Devil? Can he nab him? What forms the rest is the story.
As the movie kicks off, you get to know that it is a ‘frame-to-frame’ remake of original, including translation of dialogues. One could draw many similarities to original, though with slight changes at times. As the film progresses, you come to terms that this Kick sans kick and it is heading nowhere. The silver lining is Salman Khan and his flawless performance. Salman gets it right, tickles your funny bone and even shed tears by getting emotional. Jacqueline is easy on eyes and does a fair job. Randeep Hooda, who reprises the role of ‘Kick’ Shyam in original as strict-yet-helpless cop, fits the bill. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, true baddie, is surprise package. Salman’s charm might work to an extent, but the film’s wafer-thin plot, poor narration mars it. The biggest stumbling block is its wretched screenplay penned by four writers including Chetan Bhagat. Looks like, too many cooks spoil the brath. The film’s slow pace add to the woes of viewers and so the not-so-soothing songs.
Unlike its trailer which is engaging, enthralling and gripping, the film is mere disappointment and falls flat. Not even many of Salman’s die-hard fans might appreciate this Kick. Original Kick – (Minus) Fun + (Plus) Too much melodrama + (Plus) Bollywood trademark acion-chase sequences+ (Plus) presenting a good cause towards the end to justify hero’s act = Bad remake of Kick. This Kick is a damp squib in many ways. If you have watched the original, just stay away from this. Else, go without any expectations. Or it’d be better if you wait till the movie telecasts on Telly.
- Salman Khan’s performance
- Background score
- Wretched screenplay
- Slow pace
- Romantic track between lead pair
Verdict: Devil disappoints badly