Kick is the best-looking average Salman Khan film – 2.5/5.0

By: Nikhil Arora

How many Salman Khan films will we have to watch where we stop saying “It’s a treat for Salman Khan fans”. What about a treat for fans of good movies?

Kick is a mess, but it’s a good-looking mess. It’s not just Salman Khan that makes it look good but also the classy camerawork and appealing production value. Sadly, I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a Salman Khan spectacle, just not the kind that appeals to me. In fact, I was surprised how much the film bored me even when I enjoyed every time Salman was on screen. It made me wonder how he does it. His screen presence is unparalleled.

Kick started out fine. It’s mildly entertaining and has something of a story building up. In the second half, the romance fizzled out and it made two glaring mistakes – it bored me and it made Salman Khan look bad. Sure, his persona is all about being a bad boy with a good heart. But I don’t like to see Salman causing havoc without looking back to see the damage he is causing. At one point, it shows him being the messiah of kids in need and then it shows him being a reckless ignoramus. I couldn’t root for him. This isn’t what Salman Khan stands for. I enjoyed Wanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010) only because I rooted for him. His heart was in its right place. Here, it’s all over the place and never really hits home.

Kick is the much-awaited directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala. He has produced many films, which worked at the box office. This film a typical example of a Bollywood product. It looks good, it has good-looking actors, it looks like it has a story, it looks like it made you have fun, it looks like a big film. It only looks like something worthwhile but it isn’t. It also drags on for too long and makes the mistake Man of Steel (2013) made when it made Superman look like something he isn’t.

Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are interesting choices for actors in a film like this. Nawazuddin is a scene-stealer. Jacqueline Fernandez tries hard to be a Katrina Kaif. She does look good and even gets a Katrina-like solo dance bit but she isn’t cut out to carry a film as a lead actress.

The film may look good, it may be playing all the right notes but one thing Sajid Nadiadwala does not have is the gift of storytelling. The film has obvious plot holes but I’m not talking about those. There are many occasions where the story goes into a void. It’s not that the story goes bad, there is always something happening. But the crux of the story contradicts itself and just disappears. Completely. Into something like a cinematic black hole. Then again, I do have to hand it to Nadiadwala and Salman Khan. They have literally created a blockbuster out of nothing.

If you are looking for reasons to watch Kick, Salman Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui do not disappoint. The film itself did not give me a kick. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) did the same thing better. Salman fans will definitely get a kick, since they go and watch his films for exactly that. Kick is probably the best-looking average Salman Khan film.

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