A lot has been said about this war this Diwali, between Ajay Devgn's Son of Sardar and Yash Chopra's swansong, Jab tak hai Jaan. I had the fortune (or should I say misfortune), of watching both the films. So who wins the war? Who takes the honours? Does Ajay give us another Diwali dhamaka?
SOS is a sad effort in the name of comedy, and JTHJ takes the honours. But I still see a single screen dhamaka here.
A remake of the south classic by master filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli, Son of Sardar is the story of Ajay Devgn, who returns to his village to sell off his ancestral property. At the station, he bychances to meet Sonakshi Sinha & therein begins, one of the most unromantic love tracks Bollywood masala films have seen in a while. Befriending Sonakshi, he lands up at her house, unknowingly meeting her uncle, Sanjay Dutt, who, in a very cliched track to this film, wants to avenge the feud his family had with Ajay's father.Alas, he believes in 'Athithi Devo Bhava' & thats the base of the film. He wants to kill Ajay but wont do it in the house.
The first half genuinely has a few laughs but its all downhill at an alarming pace from there on. I actually enjoy masala bollywood crap, but this is just boring. The songs by Himesh are also very weak. The latter half & climax are deafening & cringeworthy. Ajay Devgn as the naive, innocent Sardar really doesn't fit into the 'Son of Sardar' mold & his physicality doesn't help much either. Sonakshi really needs to shed a few kilos. Juhi Chawla is effervescently charming. The music by Himesh is a major downer. Salmans cameo is milked completely & is whistle worthy. Director Ashiwinis Dhir's last films title would be more apt for this one, "Atithi tum kab Jaaoge".
Though its massy in nature, it lacks the zing & fun of Rohit Shettys films. A major disappointment. To sum it up, the Dabangg-2 trailer really set the mood, only to be ruined by this bore-fest. Ajay does not pull of a Sardar convincingly and doesn't make me root for him like I did in Singham. This Diwali bomb implodes. Restrict to a TV viewing only. Happy Diwali!