Son of Sardaar gets mired by cliches and formulas. In a bid to make for a mass entertainer it ends up being banal and mundane. Those who appreciate over the top, loud and raucous gags may enjoy this one too.
| Mansha Rastogi
To all filmmakers trying desperately to use the magic formula that once worked in films like Wanted or Dabangg - PLEASE STOP! Considering Masala above all else and rehashing South films isn't what makes for a good film. And for Ajay Devgn it seems to be a process to juice out our Indian market to the most for so he conveniently opts for a South Film Maryada Ramanna directed by SS Rajamouli and gives it a Punjabi spin.
So much unlike the original, Son Of Sardaar is about Jassi (Ajay Devgn), a happy go lucky Sardar (of course) who leaves London to return to his heartland Punjab to claim his ancestral property. However, it isn't as normal a process as he thinks. He enters his village only to fuel a raging family-fuel spanning generations. Billu (Sanjay Dutt) the most powerful man of the village who is seeking revenge from the last torch-bearer of the Randhawa family stumbles upon Jassi, who is by then a good friend of Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha), Billu's sister for having met her in the train. Without realizing his true identity Billu, who is known for his hospitality, invites him over for lunch. Now as predictable as it can be, just because Billu adheres to the age old saying 'Atithi devo bhava', Jassi decides to stay put for his own safety. Whether Billu avenges his brother's death and breaks his oath of 25 years of not marrying his sweetheart Pammi (Juhi Chawla) or not follows through the rest of the plot.
Ashwini Dhir, who has films like One, Two, Three and Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge to his credit, deploys all possible tools that have made for masala entertainers in the past. However, shoving almost every formula makes this film a raucous and rancid ride. In a bid to show male machismo, he actually instills unrealistic fight sequences with people flying around, and I literally mean FLY, and getting beaten to pulp by the brawny Ajay Devgn. Over the top action takes a whole new level in this film.
Even the humour in the film ranges from banal, imbecile to utter stupid. Except for a few gags (especially in the first half) that have you in splits, there's absolutely no comedy whatsoever. While the first half at least comes across as a little breezy and moves at a reasonably fast pace, it's the second that is supremely long drawn and stretched beyond imagination.
The Punjabiyat shown in the film is replete with cliches, the dialogues being banal and the Sikh aspect used to the hilt. Every second sentence in the film is a definition on Sardar. The actors do not speak a single dialogue without saying Oye Pappe. Ajay Devgn is sprightly almost throughout the film, much to annoyance at times. Sanjay Dutt portrays his part well and his portions with Ajay Devgn make for some enjoyable gags.
Sonakshi Sinha once again gets used as a showpiece in the film without much to offer. Juhi Chawla looks her part well and plays it too, probably the only character portrayed best. Mukul Dev, Vindoo Dara Singh and Tanuja are average at best.
To sum it up, Son of Sardaar gets mired by cliches and formulas. In a bid to make for a mass entertainer it ends up being banal and mundane. Those who appreciate over the top, loud and raucous gags may enjoy this one too.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good