As I watched Kick this weekend, I couldn't stop smiling.
Maybe it was all the fun that Salman Khan seemed to be having in the film. Maybe it was just the genuine quality he brought to his interactions with the other characters. Maybe it was the entertaining music, dance and action sequences.
Whatever it was, it was a real kick to watch.
Here are 5 reasons to see Kick:
- Salman Khan. I don't consider myself a die-hard Salman Khan fan, but here is a reason he is one of the biggest stars in Bollywood. His character in Kick has a magnetism that makes him the focus of attention and his performance makes you eager to see what he will do next.
- The love story. While you might immediately think the story focuses on the love between a man and a woman, look deeper. The ultimate driving force is a love story that is far more powerful.
- The comedy. Whether it is a reference to a previous role, a dialogue, or an interaction, there are plenty of humorous scenes - particularly in the first half of the film - that will tickle your funny bone.
- The music. The soundtrack for the film has a number of enjoyable songs composed by Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Bros Anjjan, and Yo Yo Honey Singh - and the film adds a few more. One of the special treats is to have Salman Khan perform songs in his own voice. That is rare in Bollywood - and he does a great job.
- The action. Fight scenes and smack downs. Check. Chase scenes, vehicle crashes and explosions. Check. Jumping from tall buildings. Check. Living to tell the tale. Absolutely.
The english subtitles are a bit difficult to decipher at times (using "until" instead of "while", etc.), particularly if you are not a regularly consumer of Hindi films. But there is enough visual storyline to convey what's happening and keep you engaged. Also, if your theater is like mine, you won't get much of a break for intermission. You might not want to step out at the Interval because a lot happens in the first few minutes of the second half.
If you are new to Bollywood, I highly recommend you familiarize yourself with Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg or Dabangg 2 first. Specifically, the initial fight sequences between "Robin Hood" Pandey and the criminals of these films. It will add to your kick.
For those of you who've seen the film, I dare you not to smile as you rewatch the trailer and scroll through the multitude of Kick posters and reviews posted on the film's Facebook page.
If you liked this, check out some of our other Salman Khan and Kick posts:
- After KICK, 5 Salman Khan Action Films to Watch If You Are New To Bollywood
- Getting a KICK out of the Salman Khan Soundtrack
- 5 Salman Khan Romantic Films to Watch If You Are New To Bollywood