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Action comedy. India. Hindi
Alternative title SOS

Director Ashwani Dhir
script Ashwani Dhir, Robin Bhatt, Shahen Bhatt
Ajay Devgn, N.R. Pachisia, Pravin Talreja
Songs Himesh Reshammiya, Sajid-Wajid
camera Aseem Bajaj
Ganesh Acharya
actorAjay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev,
Vindu Dara Singh, Puneet Issar, Tanuja Arjan Bajwa, Sanjai Mishra, Salman Khan
length 141 min.

Theatrical release12.11.2012
Box office classification hit
Molodezhnaja age recommendation from 12


© Text Marco, molodezhnaja 11.2.2013
© Pictures Eros Entertainment, screenshots molodezhnaja

The cheerful Sikh Jassi (Ajay Devgn) returns to his homeland, the Punjab. There he is supposed to regulate the sale of a piece of land. On the way he falls in love with the cheeky Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha) - without realizing that she is the sister of the powerful Billu Paji (Sanjay Dutt), whose clan has been involved in a blood feud with the Jassis Randhawa family for 25 years. But for the time being, Bullu doesn't suspect anything either and invites the archenemy to his home. When he finds out who he is, hospitality forbids harming the stranger. So Jassi is safe as long as he is in the house. If he goes out he's dead.


Exaggerated action, exaggerated drama and exuberant comedy - all of this combined. Sounds like masala and wouldn't be new, it's been around since the 70s. But lately the touch of South India has been added, even more in the direction of superhero drawing of the main characters, even more macho and a touch of trash. On this wave Salman Khan rose to be the biggest box office star that contemporary Bollywood cinema has to offer, see Dabangg or Bodygurd. Ajay Devgn also tries his hand at this domain with a little more comedy - with "Son of Sardaar".

The screenwriter and director Ashwani Dhir (Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?), Who subscribes to comedies, uses the palette of South Indian cinema without question, as the Telugu hit "Maryada Ramanna" by S. S. Rajamouli, which is already adapted for other language regions, served as a template. In the Hindi version, the rural aspect of the story has been preserved by moving it to Punjab, where a sense of honor, feuds and family ties are (supposedly) even more pronounced than in other parts of the country. And you have to swallow that, otherwise the film is extremely annoying.

Because when characters get enraged about a wrong word, when they keep traditional promises, as stupid as they may be, higher than happiness and human life, then that is simply backward and difficult to like. And if the macho types harbor chauvinistic ideals or even see violence as a valid means, then the whole thing becomes dangerous. Ajay's first appearance already shows that the film is heading in this direction: He taps the silliest slogans and harasses a group of bikers with his nonsense, but when one of them gets crooked about it, he explains in a roaring voice that you should Yes never make fun of him - and beat everyone up. Schizophrenic double standard in the earliest movie minutes.

And it gets worse in this regard when Sajay Dutt shows up with his perverted ideals. Love wins in the end, but violence and a misunderstood sense of honor are propagated. The actors can't help it - Devgn is halfway charismatic and Dutt is still a presence even with gruesome hair. But to spend almost two and a half hours in the company of unsympathetic people is bad for you. Sonakshi Sinha, who became a star with precisely these South India-inspired films by the Salman Khan brand, brings a little heart into the matter, but too little, since her part is useless. Old star Tanuja, Ajay's mother-in-law in real life, is also wasted. The scenes are therefore seized by someone else: Juhi Chawla as a cheerful woman in Dutt's household. It has the freshness that almost everyone else lacks. Even Salman Khan can't keep up with that in his early guest appearance.

The actors as an ensemble certainly cannot compete with the thin story with its quickly exhausted system. The very solid music of Himesh Reshammiya doesn't help much either. And in terms of staging, "Son of Sardaar" doesn't get any points anyway: There are some beautifully filmed image compositions, but at the latest when the fight sequences enriched with really bad tricks come into play, all optical quality is gone. It should come across as masculine and cool, but it just seems embarrassing. Dishing out blows - the cure for everything. "Son of Sardaar" is just a spanking film from the Bud Spencer brand, without its brevity and wit, but with much more ballast and laborious machismo-violence behavior. The film could be fun, but it just has too much in it to spoil your mood.


1) Son of Sardaar - Solid Punjabi number to start with (Aman Trikha, Himesh Reshammiya).
2) Rani Tu Mein Raja - harmless, but beautifully colorful romantic track (Mika Singh, Bhanvya Pandit, Yo Yo Honey Singh).
3) Yeh Jo Halki Halki Khumariya - rock romance with a strong Reshammiya influence. Cool. (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan).
4) Tu Kamaal Di Kudi - Even more bhangra routine, but solid (Vineet Singh, Mamta Sharma).
5) Bichdann - Good Singing (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan).
6) Po Po - Fun in the credits (Vikas Bhalla, Aman Trikha, Himesh Reshammiya).


Eros Entertainment (India)
India, code 0
Image: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Hindi 5.1 with English and Arabic subtitles.
Disk Rating * * *


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