SON OF SARDAAR
I went to see SON OF SARDAAR (SOS) despite two of my good friends warning me. One of them had said: There could not have been a more apt title than SOS for this movie; the acronym actually refers to the SOS call which you will make when you are inside the theatre watching this. The second friend thought that the word SARDAAR was wrongly spelt: the last two letters, according to him should have read as RD instead of AR and the title would have read as SON OF SARDARD which would have been a fair representation of the movie!!
After I saw the movie, I tried to reason with my friends and in support of my stand, told them that neither did I feel like giving a SOS call nor did I land up with a SARDARD. And this is what I told them….
Granted that this is an over-the-top presentation, but at least it did not hit you below-the-belt! Nothing in the movie goes along unexpected lines, and more particularly when the characters are delivering the “humour” soaked lines! You know exactly when the songs will come on and despite that, I quite liked the foot thumping tunes and rhythms composed by Himesh Reshamaiyya for a change (one or two of these will become a must-play at all the Baraats for some time to come). Sonakshi Sinha looks fetching as the Punjabi kudi and does nothing more or less to dispel that stereotype. This is her fourth appearance and barring the exception in JOKER, her two performances in DABANGG and ROWDY RATHORE have been hits. And this too, will be a hit: what an amazing “hit” rate!! As far as Ajay Devgn is concerned, I must say that he has finally succeeded in hiding his teeth even when smiling and after enough number of GOLMAAL encounters actually has developed a flair for comedy roles. Bollywood audiences do not like plain display of macho elements in their heroes unless it is combined with good comic timing (Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar) or romanticism (Shah Rukh and Hritik Roshan) or off-beat characters (Aamir Khan). Even Sanjay Dutt remodels himself as a revenge seeker who has a funny streak. We must give space to these characters who are trying to remodel themselves, shouldn’t we? And if lead actresses of yester years, Tanuja and Juhi Chawla want to just come back to the silver screen, should we not encourage them by seeing the movie?
Granted that the movie actually begins to drag after the interval and scenes involving the “guest” leaving and getting back into the house begin to test your nerves, if one understands that Ashwini Dhir, the director has a fixation about films involving guests (remember his earlier comedy : ATHITHI TUM KAB JAOGE), one can overlook that too.
At this juncture and before my friends could say to me TUM KAB RUKOGE, they asked me one simple question: Which was better, JAB TAK HAIN JAAN or SON OF SARDAAR? I smiled and replied : I am friends with both Shah Rukh and Ajay! Understood?
RATING: 3 out of 5
November 17th, 2012