Adding to the list of "characters" Salman Khan immortalised, 2014 saw Blockbuster KICK being the entrant. The idea was clear is pandering to the larger than life image.
The beauty of writing a character to Salman last decade was the attempt in making each character leave a mark like that of Amitabh in the 70s-80s. While the likes of Chulbul Pandey became iconic like a Prem, the rest like Radhe found their very place in the history of bollywood, be it Veer in Veer, Lovely Singh in Bodyguard, Tiger in Ek Tha Tiger / Tiger Zinda Hai, Devil in Kick. The second half of last decade took a different turn, which will get back to later.
KICK was the costliest Megastar film at that time. The most glossier looking. Kick being on the pre-production for the longest period owing to Salman Khan's date issues, Shirish Kunder who was to direct the film eventually being replaced, turned out to be Sajid Nadiadwala's debut film as director.
KICK was a special EID release as in 2013 there was no Salman Khan releases. With his raise to megastardom, he had seen the first underperformer with Jai Ho & it was KICK that took the mantle to unleash his madness on screen & at the box office again, reaffirming his no.1 status.
While Jai Ho didn't fully bring out the Salman Khan glory, Kick did the job perfectly. The celebrations were unanimous across the nation. The beloved Bhai stormed the nation with the perfect entertainer.
KICK official trailer - the most enjoyed trailer of Salman Khan starrers at that time. Just the craze this had created.
Personally, Kick was something else. I had spent an entire day watching Kick trailer on loop. Clearly remember it was my MBA days & we were due to present our business plan. With all the tension, Kick trailer was released & what a major stress buster it was.
And then it was an experience by itself of watching it 4 times on the big screen & every single time, the shows were housefull.
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