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Review: Son of Sardaar is an opportunity wasted

By Rohit Khilnani
Last updated on: November 13, 2012 11:52 IST
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Rohit Khilnani says Son of Sardaar has a lot for the masses but it lacks a good story.

Empty vessels make the most noise and that stands true for Son Of Sardaar . It lacks a good script and is packed to capacity with a lot of action and masala.

Ajay Devgn's entry shot on two horses, the bravo sikh dialogues, the jokes and the Iron Man hand that makes people fly in the air, there is that and a lot more that will keep the whistles going at the cinemas. 

Son of Sardaar is the remake of a Telugu film Maryada Ramanna by S.S. Rajamouli but is a lot different from it too. Apart from that it takes a lot of inspiration Rohit Shetty's popular films starring Ajay Devgn. But this film lacks the punch that Shetty manages each time. I am sure it's tough to shoot scenes with human beings and cars flying and director Ashvini Dhir gets all that right but what's tougher is to club all the larger than life heroism with a good script which Dhir just doesn't get.

Jassi (Ajay Devgn) a happy-go-lucky sikh works with Salman Khan's uncle in London. One day he gets a message that he has a piece of land in India which he inherited from his family. He decides to go back to Punjab to sell the land but little does he know that following the old family feud the men of Sandhu family, Ranvijay Singh (Sanjay Dutt) and his brothers are waiting to kill Jassi, the only surviving member of the Randhawa family. Jassi's father had killed Ranvjay's brother who was also Sukh's (Sonakshi Sinha) father.

While getting to Punjab from Delhi by train Jassi meets a loud and colourful Punjabi girl,

Sukh and he falls for her. Both get along well but have no idea about each other's background. Soon you see Jassi at Sandhu's home being well fed following the mehmaan bhagwan hote hain tradition. In no time Ranvijay finds out that Jassi is the person they have been waiting to kill and of course only then will Ranvijay marry Pammi (Juhi Chawla). But the mehmaan bhagwan tradition is taken a bit too seriously in this house so Ranvijay can't kill Jassi till he steps out of the four walls and then starts the predictable cat and mouse chase to get Jassi out, who by now knows if he steps out he will be killed brutally by Ranvijay and his goons. 

The acting department does their fair bit. Ajay Devgn as Sikh is convincing and puts his sincere bit in the role through the film. Sanjay Dutt is good when he is angry and also when he is funny. Sonakshi Sinha looks pretty but has little to do just like her debut film Dabangg. The show stealer is Juhi Chawla as the Punjabi girl who is Sanjay Dutt's love interest, she lights up the screen with her smile. Salman Khan's cameo works well too and adds some entertainment.

Music is not great and most of the songs are forced and out of place. Action is over the top but that's all that there is in this two hour twenty minute film. And that too seems stretched at times. No doubt there are a few dialogues and punch lines that will make you laugh.

Son of Sardaar has a lot for the masses but it lacks a good story. With all the other ingredients in place it feels like Son of Sardaar is a good opportunity wasted.

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