Reviewing the Reviews: Critics mustered up 2-2.5 stars for ‘unjheleble’ Kick

28 Jul,2014

By Deepa Gahlot



Directed by: Sajid Nadiadwala

Starring: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, others


The Americans say, why fix something that ain’t broke. So, why should the producer/director of a Salman Khan film try to fix the formula when it still works. Brainless actioners imported from the South and presented with some Bollywood flourishes and Salman Khan, whose name delivers hits.


Critics just had to lower their standards and acknowledge that Salman Khan is beyond analysis. They mustered up 2 or 2.5 stars and lumped it.


Shubhra Gupta used a word coined in Kick to describe it, unjheleble. “What this lovely word means is ‘unbearable’, though it can’t come remotely close to the tedium that the original describes. Salman’s leading lady says it to him. About him. Yes, gasp, addressing the one and the only Sallu Bhai, who appears in his latest In and As avatar in ‘Kick’. We duly crack a smile. Look, look, Bhai is sending himself up. He’s letting his heroine crack a good one at his expense. Because he knows that he is anything but. And that he’s just waiting for her to finish the scene and leave, to get into his `Dabangg’ mode, for the hall will burst into hoots and claps and whistles.”


Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times called it outrageously silly. “Because a Salman Khan film isn’t about the plot. It’s about Salman, who once again plays his signature persona – a charming, playful, slightly crooked superman with a heart of gold. What’s fun is that Salman is in on the joke. He’s aware that he’s on the screen not to deliver a performance but to give us a good time. But even if you’re willing to ignore the logic-free story and buy heavily into the cult of Bhai, Kick is bumpy, and far too convoluted to deliver the joyride of a Dabangg.”


Saibal Chatterjee of wrote, “To give the Devil his due, Kick isn’t half as bad as some of the Bollywood flicks that moviegoers have been subjected to in recent months. Kick is the Sajid Nadiadwala’s debut as a director. Sajid is a seasoned producer of money-spinning potboilers. It is no different from the films that his banner usually bankrolls. Kick revels in excess, which, for a film of its kind, is not necessarily a drawback. It dishes out everything in abundance. Eye-catching foreign locations, elaborately mounted action sequences, flashy pyrotechnics and stunts straight out of Hollywood superhero movies, song and dance routines bunged in randomly for occasional relief and loads of Dabangg-style dialoguebaazi are all par for the course here.”


Sukanya Verma of commented, “Merely shooting a film in a fancy European locale or smashing a few cars and CGI choppers doesn’t amount to action, there has to be a certain amount of finesse, audacity, cunning and strategy to it all. As glimpses, it may stand out but as an action set piece, I found the execution absolutely flat. Nadiadwala may have the monies to sponsor the action but not the acumen to generate it. To think he employs four screenplay writers (Rajat Aroraa Chetan Bhagat, Keith Gomes) including him to concoct this senseless mess where scenes just cut off and begin randomly never bothering to explain what happened.”


Aniruddha Guha of Time Out wrote, “Like all Eid releases featuring Khan, Kick too will probably notch-up record numbers due to its haphazard concoction of romance, comedy, action and drama, and the overwhelming domination of the 48-year-old actor, but the film is only marginally better than other awful Khan films in recent times –Jai Ho, Bodyguard, Dabangg 2. The setting seemed ripe for an entertaining no-brainer, but Kick will remain as forgettable as most money-spinners lately. What’s worst: The villain deserved a much better film.”


Mihir Fadnavis of Firstpost ranted, “Nadiadwala may have parted ways with Sajid Khan. But in Kick, his debut film, he proves something historic: he is a much worse filmmaker than Khan. For years Khan has been well regarded as someone who doesn’t try very hard while acting in a film. With Kick, Nadiadwala shows what it really means to not make an effort. To say that he phones it in would mean he actually made the effort to make a call on sets. From the look of things, Nadiadwala couldn’t be bothered.”


Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN grumbled: “The actor, fully aware of his strengths and of what his fans expect from him, is in goofball mode. He dials up the charm, and delivers flashes of amazing spontaneity, making you wish someone wrote a better film for him. Kick will no doubt break box-office records and earn many many crores for its makers and for its leading man, but it’s a shame he must settle for just this.”


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