wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) - No rating applies to Salman Khan fans
You are looking at a regular ol' Salman Khan action film's trailer where he might or might not be the hero or the anti-hero. You smile to yourself, because really, it doesn't matter much either way. And then, you see Nawazuddin Siddiqui and you stop your train of thought.
I wonder if it is one form of star-struckedness substituted by another. After all, being distracted by Nawazuddin Siddiqui's appearance in a film is also getting distracted by the actor. Which pretty much says we are not expecting any great shakes from any of the other departments of the movie.
With all our exposure to Hollywood and even recent Hindi action flicks, the action and style have to be absolutely, mind-bogglingly out of this world to impress. And though I know that I shouldn't expect anything out of the writing department other than a few cheesy filmy lines that will become the film's signature dialogues, I am always disappointed by how much the writing end of such films is ignored. So, I am still willing to be pleasantly surprised by an actual storyline.
I find the music too pretty much more of the same from this genre, but Kick's music has garnered reasonably decent reviews. Here's hoping we can say the same about the film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
It is that time for the year again, when I go through the futile exercise of reviewing a Salman Khan film. The thing is those who want to watch it, will watch it anyways and you couldn't pay those who don't want to watch it, to do so (why would you want to do that anyway?) Kick is as typical a Salman Khan film as it gets, plus a tad bit of a story, a tad bit of an attempt at keeping things sorted, a tad bit of an attempt at acting more than usual by Salman Khan (not that I was expecting it). He enters in style. He stays, he swaggers and he mouths his sytlish lines in style. No one else matters, though they technically do try and succeed if only the audience cared.
I must confess, I think I finally get what the Salmania is all about. The very thing that gets on my nerves - his complete lack of acting skills. Tell me I got this right - he knows that he cannot act and he knows that he can get away with it - this is what makes Salman Khan, Salman Khan. Right? The over-confidence. When I saw him try to emote a little more than usual, even I felt like whistling. No, that's not the magic of Salman Khan. That's the magic of rock-bottom expectations.
Oh and listening to him speak in English is refreshing too. It is such a relief not to listen to the lines that you see in the trailer, repeated every 10 minutes to remind us how cool Salman Khan is. In fact, some of the lines are actually enjoyable even if you discount for the fact that the rest of the entire theater is in splits or on a trip of its own cheering in delight, irrespective of what's happening on screen. They are hooting in joy at anything and everything.
Should I then, discount also my joy that the whole theater went into an uproar at Nawazuddin Siddiqui's entry? Even with his short appearance, he leaves a remarkable impression. As a part of his quirky character, he makes this sound every once in a while. It was hilarious to have the audience repeat the sound every time he came on screen. Now, that is audience engagement at a completely different level.
Notice, how a lot of the film's experience comes from how the audience reacts to it (even if they have come pre-determined to have a good time). As I sit here, writing this review, I wonder if I'd have given the film any of the few points, if I hadn't seen a 600-seater enjoy it completely. Would I have enjoyed the film for what it is? Nope. Because ultimately, for me the film is about the story and how it is told. And both these bits were highly irksome.
Yes, we are back to 'thinking' in a Salman Khan film. How do I stop my brain from working when I see Salman Khan's character, Devi beat the living daylights out of a bunch of people for being onlookers to eve-teasing before he beats the offenders themselves, when in the next sequence he is pretty much stalking a woman?
The first half of the film is pretty much that. Devi wooing Shaina, a psychiatrist, one of whose first lines in the film is, "Mental ho kya?" (Do you have a mental problem?) No wonder this professional's dad is looking to either provide for her himself or look for a husband who will earn enough for her to live by. I would have tried to make an assessment of the lead lady's performance, but she is so inconsequential, despite having a good hour revolving around her, that it just doesn't matter.
In that sense, Kick is actually two stories that is force-fitted to make a feature length film. One is girl-met-boy story, the other a good-vs-evil. So, disconnected are these that they don't even bother mentioning the latter bit in the first half and the former part only happens to be lying around in the good-vs-evil part of the film. The only connecting bit is Randeep Hooda's character, Himanshu Tyagi. He looks good and does his part with the apt amount of smug.
Within each story too, there are enough continuity jerks and logical loopholes to make a 1000-word article of its own. When they do try fill us in on the logic, you wish they didn't. So, might as well stick to the aims and objectives of the audience is, "leave brain behind, whistle and enjoy", so what a waste of an effort would that be.
Other than that, all of Kick feels stilted as if its very aware that it is a Salman Khan film. The songs come in and out in appropriate commercial doses. The cinematography is better than what you would expect from a film of the Salman Khan genre, but that doesn't give the film as a whole, too many bonus points.
I didn't like Kick much + the other 599 in the theater loved it (with the two girls by my side, making plans to see it again on Tuesday) = what say, 300 crores?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...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'... full review
Thumbs up, by Sushmita Murthy, Deccan Chronicle : ...Seen purely in the context of its genre, Kick is an entertainer worth a couple of hours of your time on the weekend; more so if you seriously take to his dialogue 'dil main ata hoon, samajh main nahi'. The film is endearing in bits, but rational? We'll let you decide.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...So there it is. A blow by blow account of Kick. No critique warranted. Salman bhai even sneaks in a direct Eid Mubarak to his fans. That should be reason enough.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ravi Kandala , fullhyd.com : ...Kick is a full paisa-wasool entertainer that will easily rule the roost this Eid. Whether or not you've seen the Telugu version, you'll get your kicks from this one.... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Overall, one of the dialogues in 'KICK' that has become popular is "Dil mein aata hoon... samajh mein nahi". That dialogue pretty much sums up the entire film. If watching Salman Khan on the silver screen gives you a 'KICK' , leave your brains back at home, take your entire family along and enjoy the 2 hour 27 minutes extravaganza called KICK!... full review
Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...As it happens, you do get more than what could have been bargained for, and that is primarily due to the fact that despite Salman Khan dominating the scene in practically every frame, Sajid makes sure that the additional characters are well integrated into the film and add a lot of value, something that accentuates the overall impact made by Kick. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well, there is lots of dum for all those seeking a masala entertaining film with good music, fast pace actions and star power attached to it. The logic hunters in such type of films might end up getting disappointed as usual. The movie might not be on the lines of Salman Khan's super entertaining films like 'Wanted', 'Dabangg' or even 'Ek Tha Tiger', but is far better and entertaining than his recently released films like 'Jai Ho', 'Dabangg 2', 'Bodyguard' and few more. It's got the entire ingredients required for an engaging film and will entertain its targeted audience for whom their lovable Salman Bhai machaye Dhoom, but in his own style.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...Kick’ is not just complete paisa vasool for Salman Khan fans, it is actually awesome to see that actors like Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddique get such meaty roles in a Khan film.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Summing up, I would like to rate KICK as a much better movie than KRRISH 3, DHOOM 3 or even EK THA TIGER in terms of entertainment. So Salman is definitely here to get a bigger Iddi this festive season along with Randeep and Nawazuddin loudly claiming their respective shares too. ... full review
So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...Well, all said and done, if you end up catching the film you’ll have this thing playing on your mind all the time, “You like it or don’t like it, this film is entering the Rs 100 crore club,” try downplaying it with a reasoning and you won’t have an answer. ... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Jacqueline Fernandez is almost frozen all throughout the movie. She only comes alive with the song Jumme Ki Raat, blazing the dance floor with fluid moves. In fact it is Nargis Fakhri who blazes in her item number. Vipin Sharma is another actor who surprises with his maniacal brilliance. ... full review
So-So, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...Now cut to the present: Salman Khan enters the scene and the adrenaline rush, as described by Shaina, begins. He carries out a series of high-profile thefts, and Himanshu is chasing him relentlessly. Meanwhile, the subplots reveal and we are told why Devi has turned into Devil.... full review
So-So, by Rajiv Masand, IBN Live : ...I'm going with a generous two-and-a-half out of five for Sajid Nadiadwala's Kick. I didn't hate it. If that's enough encouragement, sure, go watch it. But you were going to anyway, right? ... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Kick isn’t a pile-on, on Salman’s harebrained repertoire. Luckily, it has the thrill in its action parts and the fuzziness in its romantic ones. Salman sinks his teeth in a character that is a blend of his best roles, delivering a film that is a welcome change from his regular formulaic potboilers. Nawazuddin’s performance upped the bar of mainstream villains by manifolds and Jacqueline’s chemistry with Khan is sexy. Kick is no Ek Tha Tiger but it is an effectively enjoyable film that crackles enough to gives us bang for our buck! I am going with a generous 3/5. Kick isn’t kickass but gives a delicious rush.... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...t looks good, moves fast, shows off its superstar. In the world of harebrained Bhai films -- Dabanng included -- Kick is the best made and the most fun. If you're a fan, you just hit the jackpot... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...In one of the scenes, a character questions, “Devi has gone to jail and he beats up people, but he has a good heart?” It’s a clear reflection of Salman Khan’s persona. So it’s no surprise that the film, especially the latter half, is a giant show-reel for Salman Khan’s Being Human image. His fans will rejoice. The others will call it a trick where Salman and the film feed off each other. Either way, what you get is an archetypal Salman film with the regular cliches, and a few moments of, err, kick. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad , annavetticadgoes2themovies : ... Believe it or not, Salman plays a 40-year-old in Kick. Devi laughingly claims that he is 10 since his birthday comes once every four years (he was born on February 29 in a leap year). As every Bollywood buff knows, for a 48-year-old male star to play a 40-year-old character, and not a 20-/30-something, is unusual and progressive. Next step hopefully: 48-year-old men who do not insist on starring opposite girls two decades their junior?... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ... I did enjoy watching Nawazuddin Siddiqui, though. The minute he enters the film, the sluggish proceedings suddenly come alive. His first scene is terrific. He doesn’t have much of a role – odd, considering he’s the villain – but what screen time he gets he chews up with relish. He sings old Hindi film songs. He laughs like a wheezy hyena. He punctuates his utterances with the sound of a ping pong ball hitting the paddle. He commits murder using bubble wrap. It’s strange that this supposed “art-film actor” gets so completely into the spirit of a masala movie and does his darnedest to keep us entertained. Is it too much to ask the same of others, that they earn their fat paycheques?... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...The audience is not at all demanding, which is good for Nadiadwala and Salman Khan. They can take their millions and go on to make another rubbishy blockbuster.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The incoherence, the sloppily picturised masala elements, the implausible narrative jumps, the sheer waste of talent (Saurabh Shukla. Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui all going over-the-top) makes the experience even more ugly. The only ‘Kick’ you are likely to experience here, is the severe pain in your backside after two hours and 29 minutes of such utterly irresponsible and corrupted mind- numbing cine exposure!... full review
Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...The amount of money you spend on the tickets of Kick should be directly proportional to the how much you hate yourself! Kick has to be the biggest disappointment of the year... full review
Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...The film’s downright stupid, a guilty pleasure at best — that once again has Salman do his thing that you’ve seen before. No matter what the reviews say, you’re going to go watch it. ... full review
Yuvraj_Sehgal: #Kick will break all previous records of salman khan movies
yourvishh: #Kick Is Tooooooooo Much Funnnnnnnn
yaqoobbhat: #kick super best movie. Maza agaya @BeingSalmanKhan @Asli_Jacqueline @arbaazSkhan
TripuraAmit: Omg devil salman awesome in kick...must b saw..blockbuster Awesome awesome awesome lv u salman...guy's jaroor dekhna
thakurmahendra7: AWESOME #KICK I LOVE U SALMAN BHAI @BeingSalmanKhan
Tarkeshparmar: What a #Kick !!! Actorwise ratings Salman khan-5/5 (best of him) Nawazuddin siddiqui-5/5(most impressive) Randeep... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=674568009287417
srinath_shekar: salman khan.. KICK...worth to watch one time..Don't listen to the critics
sra1_kick: Back from KICK.. Awesome movie. Best entertainer from @BeingSalmanKhan after EK THA TIGER..
skfanclub_bd: #KICK START too much fun!!!!!!!! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=675842975817842
ShettyontheRun: kick hit hai but no ways ravi teja is getting any applauds for it... he is the actual keeda for hardcore indian masala movies...!
sethukodapully: #kick party all night.. Too. Much fun bhai ka dance...
screenflix1: Kick-Ass 2 was the best superhero film of 2013. Fight me.
santoshcool99: Kick is blockbuster
SankiSanyasi: First half of #kick was dull. The second half was amazing. Nawazuddin was class. 3/5 for me.much better than salman's previous ones.
sahidulla_ahmed: #nawazuddin act is mindblwng........#randeephodda u also good.....kick dil me aagaya retweet toh banta hai
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PREMGHOSH8: BLOCKBOUSTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR KICK
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PM_priya_: Muje toh teri #kick lag gayi .... Amazn movie.... Luvd @BeingSalmanKhan as #devil waana watch it once agn...!! :))
NavdeepSirsa: Kick.... Awesome movie... Congrates salman khan bro
Mipgs6030Hot: Go for kick in theaters,Nice movie with full of massage..
maulik4445: Awsm KICK.....Salute - Saman Khan...
Matt_Wingler: Watched Kick-ass 2 and the recent Robocop tonight. Enjoyed both.
Maroof9999M: #Kick too much fun!!!!!!
lovinglove012: "Kick" one of the fantastic...movie.
Kuldeep7: Watched #kick today.. Awesome movie.. Salman khan rocks..
koolshank: Watched KICK just now.. Salman Rocks Again. !!HUH.
joshuahenry221: Kick is a good movie but you can sleep for the first half of it. :-P
jordanhall8ak: Kick rocks. You're a dud
InkedEmo: Saw KICK last evening .. Well Loved it .. Nice Comic & Action role played by @BeingSalmanKhan .. #KICKDAY
IAmMrHumorist: #KICK is awesomeness of @beingsalmankhan...
HunkSalmanKhan: #Kick is complete package of Entertainemnt,Entertainment and Entertainment. A film which u shouldn't miss, a film which u must watch in Hall
HridyanshuSingh: #Salman is just outstAnding!!! Jacqueline is smoking hot! Nawaj proved himself as a great villian. #KICK is a best entertainer of the year.
deepeshsen123: kick bahut mast movie he bhaio
BeingArchxx: Superb movie #kick. Njoyd a lot... Super salman Bhai...
azad468: Very nice film kick yaar 1 baar dakhna jaroor plz
auditiondate: Review: "'Kick' is Salman Khan's one of the best movies till date with superb action sequences. The film shows... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=692626410817128
AsNiceAsYou: I belong to Minority. I liked Kick more than Chennai Express.
apoorav_singh: kick is awsome salman bhai rocks
anky_C: "Main dil mein aata hoon Samajh mein nahin" #KICK Fullon Entertainment!! @BeingSalmanKhan nailed it!! A must watch!
ANKURPA76422665: i watch kick first day show verry nice movie ... i thnk break chennai record
Amu066: Kick was worth all the wait... It's blockbuster for sure.. @BeingSalmanKhan killed it.
Abhijit_19: Salman Khan ki movies dimag pe nahi dil pe aati hai. Apni Eidi dene aur #Kick lene jarur jaana apne nazdiki cinema gharo me.:D
94tHLOK: Dick ya down real gud n you can kick rock!
8733988515: ‘Kick will be a Blockbuster’ is a great movie is superb i see the movie is awesome salman is the best
19romi: Loved #kick :D what a timepass no brainer :D
vyaskrishna: nice "KICK" till first half ...then hangover or headache not sure.. but salman superb like always
TheSagarPareek: Guys if you can avoid KICK..please avoid!!!! Mera Toh UTV walon se bhrosha uth gya......saalo waapis kro mere 1000₹ waapis kro..saalo kutto
stylishayaan: Watched the Hindi remake Kick. It definitely does not do justice to the original movie Kick :)
sgamiye: Kick mat dekhna, Na ye dil mai aati hai,or na hi smajh mai Mujh pe bus ek ehsaan karna, Thnk u mat bolna,3 logo ko jakr bolna No Kick #Kick
santanubanerjee: #perkytweets-left my brain at home and went to watch-'KICK'. came back and still to find it. Salman had kicked it out
Rohanmistry3: #Kick seen yesterday morning..honestly below avg movie.I like Salman.but the movie is disspoints.1st half disappoints.2nd half good.
OyePakaaMat: Watched Kick! Na bhai samajh mein aaya aur naa movie!
maniksirohaHBK: I didnt like KICK... There is nothing wrong about it @Tahmed_Jaan
JoshGillBTM: Till today I thought #jaiho was the worst movie ever made. I take that back, #kick tops it all.
iTx_hOt: #Kick ...ßakwas ...HuNh... :/ Bole To Paisa PaDi Gaya... :?
HainDil: Salman is a HUGE star with MASSIVE fan base, I sometimes wonder why doesn't he do sensible movies? #Kick
Being_AmitSingh: #KICK dekhne ke baad log bhi bol rahe hai - "Movie dil main aati hai Samajh main nahi". #sallurules
Not Interested in Watching, by TimELiebe : ANOTHER Salman Khan Movie? Thank you, no….
Want to Watch, by ganesh yadav : 75
Want to Watch, by siddharth : Salman Khan film s enough with the trailor so good.
So-So, by Anuj
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