I still cannot decide what to think of whacky movie Son of Sardar. Maybe by tomorrow the dust will settle and I will know better how I feel about it. Sometimes if a day passes clarity returns. Living through the torture of the first 20 minutes I realized pretty much what I had done to myself fighting rush-hour and jetlag just to get there in time. All I could do is lean back, relax and laugh at the infantile slapstick humor. A loving caricature of a revenge drama, one of these ancient family feuds that only Sicilians, Indians and middle-eastern men can relate to. Family feuds that are so old no one can remember how and why they started. In this case all we know is that is was trivial. But somebody died in family A, in response somebody will need to die in family B.
Jassi (Ajay Devgn) comes to India to claim his ancestral property, not being aware of the fact that the family feud with the Sandhu clan isn’t settled yet. His father for better or worse had killed Billu’s (Sanjay Dutt) brother. On the train Jassu falls in love with Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha) who is part of the Sandhu clan. Hapless Jassi reveals his identity to a Sandhu clan member. Luckily tradition says you can’t kill anyone while being guest in your home. And that’s exactly where Jassi has landed when the stinkbomb goes off. He realizes that his only way to save himself is stay put as Billu’s houseguest. And for two and a half hours we have to suffer through the skinny plot. Billu can’t marry his longtime love played by the eternally young Juhi Chawla, nor can he eat ice cream or have ice cold drinks (until the score with Jassi is settled) – (whoever came up with that plot idea must have been drunk)
This rollercoaster entertainer at once makes fun and validates a mentality that thrives subliminally on bloodthirst and vendetta. I thought to myself, this movie might do better in rural areas and single screen theaters or middle aged urbanite who are missing the good old days. A nostalgia for times where feuds weren’t about money and status but honor and solved by swords not lawyers. A desi Groucho-Marx Romeo Juliet combo saga transported into Punjab and transcribed into color. Le Nozze di Figaro Bollywood style.
Okay: this is “tomorrow” — I remember laughing a lot, mostly in an effort to bridge the time til the blissful resolution that comes to the astonishing result: WHY are we FIGHTING? and LUV conquers ALL. Ajay is in good shape, although it was hard for him to pull off Sinha smitten with him with her to-be-fiance being so much hotter. Sonakshi is some hardcore eye-candy and he is a tiny bit beyond his prime. Not exactly a killer chemistry between those two, but this movie relies on the unrealistic to begin with. The WTF-list is pretty long BUT ALWAYS ENTERTAINING! :-) Yeah, I think I had a good time. some good situational comedy. Some good stunts. Lots of over-the-top flying and crashing stuff. To make guyz happy.
The movie is a remake of theTelegu movie Maryada Ramanna.
Directed by Ashwni Dhir.