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Kick Review

Deepa Garimella /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
Kalyan (Ravi Teja) is the kind of guy who likes to do things he gets a kick out of, even if it means putting others' lives in peril, or not staying employed for more than 4 days. No girl would want her younger sister to go around with a man like that. But when the girl is Ileana, no man would even care whether she has a sister. So when Naina (Ileana) stomps into his life asking him to keep off her sis, but he brazenly makes his love known to her, even though when with him she keeps behaving like she's stepped on a dung-pile the size of Australia.

One day, Naina has a chat with his father (Sayaji Shinde), who is very supportive of Kalyan's way of life. Apparently Shinde, despite being a successful bank manager, missed out on the "doing his own thing" schtick, which he now doesn't want his son to miss out on, too.

Naina now reciprocates to Kalyan, but what's a farcical relationship without an even more farcical break-up? Our lovebirds split over the fact that Kalyan doesn't think much of 'jobs', 'salary' etc., and once even lies to the lady about his work. This half of the film is peppered with a comedy track involving Brahmanandam's penchant for pinching women's bottoms, as well as his frequent attacks of Jayaprakash Reddy's private parts. Some movies will do anything to bag an A-rating.

The present is much saner. Or so the second half starts off saying. Now in Malaysia, Naina is on the way to getting engaged to a well-dressed, polished police officer Kalyan Krishna (Shyam) whose pet peeve is a slippery masked robber back in India, who he's never even caught sight of, let alone nab. This crook has been burgling the homes of rich politicians, industrialists etc., and creating mayhem in the police department.

As you can guess within 2 seconds of seeing the mask, that eel is none other than Kalyan. And that's what Krishna's in Malaysia for, he tells her. The rest of the story details how Kalyan successfully pulls off a couple of heists he planned, and also why he's doing all this.

Kick deserves a pat on its back for not being a regular mass movie ridden with spite and gore. But Ravi Teja's comic timing is disappointingly underutilized in this one. The result is a lot of forced humour - for example, in the whole sequence in which Kalyan convinces everyone he has amnesia. The romance must be the worst hit - it is contrived, in the first place, and it isn't even taken to its logical ending.

Then, the bit about why Kalyan resorts to robbing could have actually won hearts, but it seems like a plot-section that the makers struggled to force-fit into the story.

Ravi Teja's unabated energy carries the film through even the stillest of moments. Ileana's smoking enough to distract anyone from the story as long as she's there, and she does a great job acting, too. Pity the story forgets about her after a point. Maybe because she refused to mouth swear words after a point.

Shyam is refreshing to watch, but is given some horrendous lip-sync - which language was he delivering his lines in? The rest of the cast includes Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam and Jayaprakash Reddy, who are their usual talented selves.

The songs are quite off-beat, and hummable, too. Smoothly choreographed songs are a plus point of the first half. And the rest of the visuals are glossy.

Ravi Teja has been more fun before, and will be later. And Kick surely could have been more fun. Don't ask a lot of questions while you watch this one, or you'll miss whatever fun there is in it.
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  • Cast
    Ravi Teja, Ileana, Shyam, Brahmanandam, Kota, Venu Madhav, Sayaji Shinde, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Ali, Benerjee, Chalapati Rao
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  • Music
    Thaman S
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  • Director
    Surender Reddy
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - No
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - Yes
sumanth232 on 8th Apr 2012, 2:58am | Permalink
its a harmless , entertaining watch...

Pros: comedy
Cons: some violence
Krishna on 3rd Jul 2009, 9:33am | Permalink
Brainless film. Some of the comic scenes are fun, most of it look forced. Most of Shyam's dialogues were in Tamil and as a result of the Telugu voice-over during dubbing the lip-sync was terrible. It's shocking that some Telugu filmmakers don't have even that much respect for their own industry. I can't believe they couldn't make Shyam just speak his lines in Telugu when Ileana could.

Pros: Ileana is hot
Cons: Shyam was delivering most of his lines in Tamil
vams on 13th Jun 2009, 9:54pm | Permalink
Great comedic entertainer!
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, I actually had a good time watching it. Actually, to be honest, I was laughing my a** off most of it. The USP of this movie is the laughs, it's got bellyfulls of it and more. One of the best funny scenes I've seen in recent times is the dialogues between Brahmanandam, Raviteja and later Ali when they meet in Malaysia. Raviteja carries this movie completely, ably supported by Brahmanandam, Ali

Pros: Comedy, comedy and more comdey. And yes, some more comdey!
Cons: Senseless at time, more emotion than needed, lead actress role was vestigial
sk on 19th May 2009, 11:33am | Permalink
Idoka Boothu Puranam. Evadra deeni censor chesindi. Dabbulu teesukoni censor cheyadaniki siggundali. Raviteja face kukka ki wig, meesam petinatunadro.

Pros: Brahmi
Cons: soft core with II grade action
Kvkrishnakanth on 17th May 2009, 4:26am | Permalink
Hadh Hai... one simple way to describe this movie... 24 is the number of times my friend counted the word "Kick" is used by Ravi teja in this movie... we couldn't even count the score by all actors...
Comedy... Illeana... then Ravi teja as usual.. Good factors of this movie...
Script might have been better... direction in the second half... BAD... one explanation might have been to attract family audience... but still... it should've not have to be so bad... Shyam might have been good... but not well used...
If I were to see the movie twice... I would see the first half and leave the Movie hall... Surender Reddy is a stereotype director... No arguments... This is a ****ed up movie yaar...

Pros: Comedy elements... Ileana, Ravi Teja's eccntricities...
Cons: Kick... come on
Saradhi on 10th May 2009, 7:20pm | Permalink
Very bad screenplay. Having that much noble story, I do not understand why surender reddy concentrated more on love episode of the lead roles. Instead he would have more concentrated on the story narration. Comedy is very good. But you will definitely get head ache at the end of movie. The last 20 minutes of the movie is really excellent. Rest of the movie is waste except for the comedy track. If you want to watch the movie for its comedy, then go and watch.
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