For once I didn't fall for the promos and instead was quite convinced when I saw them that this was one movie doomed to fail. So it was sheer curiosity that made me watch its DVD at home one idle evening, when I started getting 'rave' reviews and also confirmations that hello, this movie's a hit!!..
And commion, man, It just had to be - it had everything today's 'hits' need - 1) A hot leading lady - and Kat rules the roast 2) Our very own Akki -( who still can't make me do balle-balle with him - he just doesn't look like a true Sardar, yaar-gimme break!!) but whose been just delivering hit after hit 3)Nice hummable numbers that grow on you including that oh-so jazzed up title number 'Singh is King' (which alliterates so horrendously throughout the track that you'll have forgotten all the Chandu ke Chacha tongue-twisters of your childhood!) 4) An abolutely complete array of supporting cast (From Kiron Kher as the foreign-mein-chapati-khilane-wali rose-seller to the absolutely wasted Ranvir as the suspicious fiance..pls do not ask me to enumerate the rest of that totally irritating band-wagon!) - that can cover every possible side character film writers can concieve of for the next 2-3 films! (why were they a...l...l...stuffed in one?!) 5) The typical masala plot! Oh it couldn't be better! Nakli king impersonates Real King - and makes all bad guys turn good in the end! 6) Complete slapstick comedy that attempts to tickle you so deperately at every possible scene that you don't know whether to laugh or cry! 7) Last but not the least - the oldest trick in the trade to tug at your heartstrings (You could immediately remember your own tears in 'Chitti aayi hain watan se chithi aayi hain'..) - 'Wapis desh chalo bhaiya - tumhaara gaon tumhen bula raha hain'...
So you bet this movie had it all! And the fact this movie has been declared a great hit overseas confirms my own personal thesis that today 3 out of every 5 NRIs abroad are Sardars :-) And sure, this movie has/can become their national movie sorts yaar!..sigh... I shall no longer remember the gorgeous Pyramids that I saw this year in Egypt without the image of a sardar Akki and gyrating Kat dancing in front of them (saving grace - the song 'Teri Ore' is lovely)..but yes, Sonu Sood was good.
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