Patriotism has been portrayed in our movies in many forms quite often, but love for one’s land is a topic which we have seldom seen after Manoj Kumar glorified it withUpkaar. No wonder we see the producers thanking Manoj Kumar before the film begins, but Kissan hardly does any justice to this melodramatic tribute.
The 1st half an hour is all too happy go lucky & jolly, with goodness all around. The characters are dancing in joy, sipping over a glass of beer & cracking jokes. But the film changes its focus a bit too quickly after that. Yes it does manage to bring out the contrasting city & village cultures but that too is overdone and makes us cringe rather than feel for. The characters are more of stereotypes and they are set in the most typical colorful Punjabi ambience, but haven’t we seen it already umpteen number of times.
The biggest problem of the film is that it fails to live upto its concept. Kissan had an interesting plot of loyal farmers vs industrialization, but by the time the film ends it only looks like a regular hero vs villain tale, complete with bloody violence & a one –upmanship that we have been seeing since eons.
Dia Mirza surprisingly manages to stand tall despite having a small role. Jackie Shroff too does fine, however the Khan brothers fail to infuse any energy with their performances. There is some good drama & some nice moments with Jackie Shroff & Sohail Khan, but ultimately the film does not hold your interest.
Final Verdict : Despite having a potent concept, Kissan fails to deliver what it promises apart from some Bollywoodish drama & a few effective moments. It is quite a let down.
AT your own risk.
Rating : 2.25