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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Son of Sardar


Two movies Son of Sardar (SOS) and Jab tak hai Jaan (JTHJ) were released on the same day, recently. There was some controversy over the booking of theaters by Yashraj films producing JTHJ. But that is not the topic being discussed here.
Over the weekend I wanted to see a movie and it was a big question which one to go for. On one side JTHJ is produced by big banner Yashraj films, with it becoming the last movie directed by Yash Chopra, on the other side, all I know about SOS's director is that his last movie was Atithee kab jaoge.
While the star cast in either movies is strong, the story of JTHJ was known to be a romantic but there was no clear idea about SOS's story. I used to like Shahrukh Khan's movies earlier, but none of his recent movies have done well to impress me. I have never been a fan of Ajay devgan's movies. Although some of his movies have been hard hitting with an impressive acting, but I could never blindly follow his movies.
In spite of all the facts, I don't know what inspired me to choose SOS over JTHJ. And I think my decision never was so right earlier. It was totally a fun time watching SOS. Agreed it faltered a lot on the laws of sensibilities and also physics, but who cares if the movie entertains you. Moreover, after a long time I guess, a movie can be considered as a family movie. It will be really difficult for one to find an awkward scene in the movie.
To begin with, Ajay Devgan fits perfectly as a Sikh guy. I think after Sunny Deol, his portrayal of Sikh was believable. He pulled very well different aspects connected with Sikhs like being very strong and at the same time very funny. The scenes like him helping Sonakshi getting in the train, or in the scene trying to get the Coconut inside window, have turned hilarious.
I am not sure what is it with his entry in a movie always, that many a times he has been shown arriving as standing on things, either 2 bikes, 2 four wheelers or on 2 horses as in this movie. I don't know about Ajay, but the two horses appeared little uncomfortable running parallel and so close to each other. All the time of Ajay's entry, I was only watching at 2 horses.
Cameo by Salman Khan was unnecessary, or may to pull some of his fan crowd to movie, or to justify his appearance in end of movie song “Pon Po Po Po Pon'.
Sonakshi Sinha was OK in the movie, nothing great to act in the movie for her. But she has overused the words like “Chal Jhuta” or “Kutte Kamine” in the movie and after an interval starts irritating you. I am not sure if she on her own did the bike stunt, but she appear to be fit to do that stunt.
Most interesting make over in the movie is of Sanjay Dutt. He has really pulled off a fantastic character once again in this movie. I never liked him as a hero, but since the time he has shifted towards doing other roles, he appears to be doing great job. Whether it is the “Kancha China” of Agneepath or the character played in this movie, his get up has been awesome and he really made those characters look actual and real. I believe, Sanjay Dutt has now started growing as an actor and he should really explore more of such diverse roles.


Another interesting character in the movie is Juhi Chawla's. She seems little old here, but still looks beautiful. It was good to see Juhi in this movie.
Overall the movie was well made. It makes you laugh. Though the stunts are way over real to believe, you won't mind. You know that a back sack carrying some property related documents is not a good weapon to hit people hard enough to throw them in air, but, that's OK. 

Songs are OK probably, may be listenable, but I did not took efforts to give an ear to those. There was some cry over the song “Pon Po Po Po Pon” I read about. But it was OK, considering it was at the end of the movie, with no connection to movie, and with Salman Khan appearing as main act, who normally pull off such songs with some ununderstandable acting skills.
At times,the movie slightly reminded of another Punjabi family related movie “Jab we met”. Other characters like Tanuja, Vidhoo Dara Singh and Mukul Dev also take credits for some good moments in the movie. Overall, the movie is refreshing and enjoyable. I would suggest, although it can be a family watch movie, it will be more interesting to watch with friends in theater.



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