A long-standing family feud and two innocent lovers caught in the crossfire. So wherefore art thou originality? Well,this one does come with some racy action anda fistful of funny moments garnished generously with a strong Punjabi tadka.
The Plot: Jassi urf Jaswinder Singh (Ajay Devgn) is a happy-go-lucky Punjabi munda except when he is provoked to stand up and save himself. Working for his friend (Salman Khan) and his chachu, Jassi is contented and well-settled in London until a letter calls him back to India to claim the property left by his father. Once he is made aware of an ancient feud between his family (the Randhawas) and the Sandhus, Jassi runs scared.Much like his mother, he decides against getting embroiled in this fight, preferring to mind his own business.
But fate has a different track laid out for him. In a DDLJ-like scene, Jassi helps Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha) board a train and it is love at first sight for him. Of course she turns out to be the niece of Ranvijay Singh (Sanjay Dutt) from the rival family of Sandhus. Soon Jassi and the men from the Sandhu clan learn that they are on different sides of the old feud. But the fuming Sandhus can’t touch Jassi who is their house guest and can’t be hurt as per their tradition of atithi devo bhava (a guest is God).
Fortunately, since it is a comedy, there isn’t any gory, teary tragedy like Isaaqzaade or QSQT. Predictably, Jassi will win everyone’s heart and the lovers will have a happy ending, uniting both the families. But how he pulls it off is a question you might want to avoid getting an answer to.
The Good: Without an ounce of doubt, Ajay Devgn is superb. He is spontaneous, natural and his comic sense is impeccable. As for Sonakshi Sinha, it is as if she jumped out of Dabangg into Rowdy Rathore and then leap-frogged into Son Of Sardaar. Her role is exactly the same with no difference in her acting whatsoever but she is entertaining in the little screen time she has. Sanjay Dutt is cast well but Juhi Chawla steals the show with her excellent dialogue delivery, screen presence and her sense of humour. Mukul Dev and Vindu Dara Singh’s comic timing is also chuckle-worthy.
A few of Ajay Devgn’s dialogues like, ‘Main nahin wapas jaoonga kyun ki phir sab mujhe Hindustan Lever kahenge. Jo Hindustan chhodke jaata hai usay hamare mohalle mein Hindustan leaver kehte hai’ will definitely bring a smile to the face. None of the jokes though are outright, laugh-out-loud funny.
The music by Sajid-Wajid and Himesh Reshammiya is another plus. The Punjabi tadka is evident in the songs and brings out the Pind-da-flavour with ease.
The Bad: The CGI-created fight sequences get a complete thumbs-down. Yes, the action is supposed to be over-the-top; yes, it is supposed to be nonsensical; yes, it is supposed to be absolutely mind boggling. But is it supposed to be down right unreasonable as well? There is just too much of flying in the air when punched and unnecessary, a-fist-a-minute action. Ashwani Dhir tries to put way too much into the movie. Instead of being action-packed, it’s jam-packed, just far too much happening in one movie.
The Salman Khan sequence is so forced, so superfluous and so in-your-face that it seems to be screaming aloud to the competition, “Look, we too have Salman this Diwali.”
What should have been a laugh-riot ultimately brings out only a few stifled giggles and grins. The continuous bombarding of how no one should crack those famous Sardarji jokes, gets irritating after a point. Dharmendra Sharma’s editing should have been sharper, reducing the length of the film by cutting out a sizeable chunk of un-funny parts and meaningless fights.
Overall: Son Of Sardaar has been in news for all the wrong reasons in the past few days and the way the film has turned out, it won’t blaze headlines for too long. It may claim to be a masala entertainer but it lacks punch and zing. Entertaining in parts, it is definitely not entertaining enough to waste a precious Diwali day on.
– Priyanka Ketkar