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Rating: 3.5 out of 5*
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Gauhar Khan, Manish Choudhary and introducing Shazahn Padamsee
Director: Shimit Amin
Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) passes out his graduation with embarrassing marks. The less ambitious Harpreet unlike his friends doesn't go in for higher education but opts for a Salesman's job. He joins AYS, a computer selling firm which has a very demanding boss, Sunil Puri (Manish Choudhary) and an extremely rude and no-nonsense immediate boss, Nitin Rathore. With his competitive colleagues leaving no opportunity to poke fun of the earnest rookie, Harpreet lands in trouble with his seniors over his first client visit itself. Insulted and demoted, Harpreet then hits upon an idea to start his own parallel business naming his firm Rocket Sales. He gradually ropes in all the key staff members of his own office making them equal profit partners and soon becomes a big business threat to AYS. The rapidly sliding company's sliding sales figures rattle Puri. What happens to Harpreet and his Rocket Sales team after Puri tries to find who his major competitor is, forms the rest of the film.
The Chak De India writer – director team of Jaideep Sahani and Shimit Amin have delivered yet another remarkable film. Taking situations straight out of real life with kind of characters you and me would have encountered in our daily life and added with some terrific performances, Rocket Singh is undoubtedly one of 2009's best films. The Sardar character of Ranbir doesn't appear like gimmick and in fact he hardly speaks a Sardar's lingo. Just like Chak De, the perfect casting of the ensemble cast (mostly unknown actors) is yet another master stroke by writer-director duo. In fact each of the film's principle characters have got their "one moment'. The film gets straight to the point as in the 10th minute itself as Ranbir begins his innings as a Salesman. Day to day office politics and bitching was never captured so perfectly in any Hindi film before. The film is laced with some really well penned dialogues (Customer ke naam mein hi likha hota hai "mar', Risk to Spiderman bhi leta hai…tum to ek Salesman ho) which evoke guffaws as well as applause at places, the conversation between Ranbir and his boss in the climax being the high point. Salim-Suleiman's music is apt for the setting and there are no lip-sync numbers.
With this film, Ranbir has cemented his position as a star actor who has the ability to carry a solo film on his shoulders. Manish Choudhary, often seen in TV ads, playing Ranbir's smirky boss is a great find. The actor with the handle bar moustache playing Nitin Rathore is yet another amazing discovery. His body language and attitude has turned out just perfect. Gauhar Khan playing Ranbir's fiery office telephone operator is very impressive. Shazahn who plays Ranbir's client turned girl friend suits the part. D. Santosh and Mukesh Bhatt as Ranbir's colleagues are excellent too.
Rocket Singh is one film, that Yash Raj Films will definitely be proud to have produced under their banner. Do not miss this film as it actually delivers more than it promises.
Rocket Singh has the ability to inspire millions of our country's youngsters.
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|Rocket Singh: Sales Man Of The Year - Uplifting & Well Performed|
|IndiaGlitz [Friday, December 11, 2009]|
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Leela Alveraz - Copy Writer - "Rocket Singh' rocks. A tad long, and weak in parts. But another good performance by Ranbir."
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Direction: Shimit Amin
Like Swades and Lage Raho Munnabhai which came before it, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is a film about the importance of basic goodness.
In an industry driven by opening weekends and bumper collections, it's that oddball film that seldom compromises on its intentions for the sake of becoming more box-office friendly. As a result the film feels too long, indulgent even, and ever-so-often it appears uncinematic.
That's hardly surprising, considering much of the film is shot in basic office spaces and features long conversations between its characters. But don't be fooled by its appearance; Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is a film with all heart.
Ranbir Kapoor plays Harpreet Singh Bedi, an idealistic young graduate who lands a sales job in a computer firm run by a boss who sets unrealistic targets for his team. His rose-tinted glasses come off early in the day as he watches receptionists being wooed for prompt appointments with busy managers, and security guards being bribed for information on rivals. For his own part, he stays strictly upright, going so far as to file a complaint against a client who wants his palm greased. That act of honesty, however, is rewarded with a demotion.
Convinced that a business can be run clean, Harpreet sets up his own company within the one he works for, roping in a handful of fellow colleagues as partners. Operating honestly and diligently, this team discreetly sets up a thriving business that eventually rivals the one they work for.
Meticulously written by Jaideep Sahni, the genius behind such gems as Khosla Ka Ghosla and Chak De India, the script of Rocket Singh is its real star. Seeking inspiration in real life and real people, the film avoids stereotypes and goes for characters and situations that are refreshingly familiar ' the team-leader who fudges conveyance vouchers, the cut-throat competitive co-workers, the po*n-surfing maintenance guy, even the promotion-seeking receptionist.
Taking the cue from Sahni's script, director Shimit Amin bravely resists any temptation to glamorise the world they've set the film in, by rooting the drama in a space that is basic and without frills. An office party scene is filmed with colleagues drinking out of plastic cups, loosening their ties and dancing to songs being played out of a computer. Even the film's opening credits sequence in which the camera lovingly floats over a middle-class home's bric-a-brac is evidence of the makers' commitment to authenticity.
But Rocket Singh touches a chord because it's that rare film that urges us to examine our lives and to question the rules by which we live it. It has a life-affirming quality that will appeal to every one of us who has ever hesitated before taking the easy way over the right way.
The film isn't without hiccups, though. Overly long, especially in its first half, Rocket Singh suffers on account of sluggish pacing, and occasional indulgences like that unduly stretched-out confession monologue by Harpreet's boss in the film's climax.
Remarkable casting has resulted in some fine performances by key players, although even the bit parts are filled out convincingly. D Santosh as the affable maintenance guy, Mukesh Bhatt as the tea-man with computer-repair skills, Naveen Kaushik as the oddly sideburned team head, and Gauhar Khan as the cutting receptionist pitch in commendable performances.
Of course it's topped off by Ranbir Kapoor's compelling, effortless portrayal of Harpreet Singh Bedi. Ranbir adds the little touches that make all the difference: combing the beard, tucking in the turban, lifting the 'kada' further up his arm before dipping his hand into a bucket of wet clothes. He's an actor you can't take your eyes off.
In the end, Rocket Singh is a clean, honest film with noble intentions. It requires patience to appreciate it fully, but deserves a viewing because films like this are hard to find. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five and a thumbs up for director Shimit Amin's Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year; whatever else you do this weekend, don't miss this film.
Rating: 3.5 / 5http://ibnlive.in.com/news/masands-movie-review-rocket-singh-a-film-with-all-heart/106947-8.html
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Did you see the initial promos of Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year? It had a desk and Ranbir sitting on it and talking to you. "Hi, Harpreet Singh Bedi, salesman," he smiled at you. He then said that he would sell the movie to you - the audience - in 60 seconds flat and went on to tell you how the movie would give you complete value for money. He finished it with the statement - a salesman's job never ends.
You may have liked the promo, or thought of it as nothing great. But you have to give it to it for being so honest in its approach. Most movie promos aim to attract maximum viewers with shine and sparkle, or shock.
If they manage to hook you, you watch the film and then find out if the film lives up to your expectations or not. Here was a simple ad campaign asking you to give the movie a chance and then to make up your mind about it. The film, itself, is as simple as the ad campaign. But it's brilliant too.
Harpreet Singh Bedi, as Ranbir told you in the promos, is not as brilliant a student though. He has just graduated with 38.72 per cent in his final year examinations and while his friends look set to study MBA or join their family businesses, Harpreet chooses to be a salesman. Why? Because he believes he has a talent most people don't - the power of persuasion.
So at the first job interview he goes to, for a job at a sales company dealing with computers called AYS - At Your Service, Harpreet's interviewee asks him to mock-sell a pencil to him. "It has multiple uses," says Harpreet. "You can use it to write, if not you can use it to clean your ears, brush it through your hair, convert a three-pin plug in to a two-pin plug and if you have nothing to do at all, you can simply rotate the pencil on your table for time-pass."
Harpreet lands the job but goofs up with his very first assignment. The managing director of a company that's looking to buy a stock of computers from AYS wants a bribe to pass the consignment. Harpreet, offended at the suggestion, complains about the bribe-taking official to the company.
But his boss comes down hard on him in stead, rebuking him for being a fool and not understanding the tricks of the trade. Harpreet also finds out that his company sells computers to clients at inflated prices and doesn't service them once the computers have been sold, even though they promise to do so at the time of sale.
Harpreet is asked by his boss to stay till his training period ends and then quit. Meanwhile, he's barred from going to the field to sell any more products and has to stick to his desk.
But Harpreet won't take things lying down. He's disgusted with the corrupt dealings of the agency and makes up his mind to do things the right way. He devices a plan to start his own company and personally give better service to customers by selling them computers at a reasonable price and maintain good relations after the sale too.
Four others from AYS - an engineer, a customer handler, a senior salesperson and a peon - also harrowed with the inhuman way the company treats its staff and customers, join Harpreet as partners. Working from the AYS office, Harpreet forms Rocket Sales Corp. What follows is better watched than spoken of.
The film relies on a simple story by Jaideep Sahni and also some really witty writing, by Sahni again, that is really the soul of the film. In fact, the film is one more example of Sahni's clear emergence as arguably the best writer in Hindi cinema among the current crop.
The guy, who has penned films like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Chak De India in the past, comes up with some really funny dialogues and wacky characters. Whether it's Harpreet's mentor-turned-partner Nitin or the peon Mishraji or the po*n-loving engineer Giri, Sahni seems to have worked painstakingly on each one of them.
Sahni also sets the mood just right with his lyrics in the only two songs that appear in the film and is ably supported by music directors Salim-Sulaiman. The background score by the duo is apt too. Pocket Main Rocket is sadly missing, even in the end credits.
Director Shimit Amin doesn't go overboard with dramatics and relies on subtlety, but doesn't compromise on storytelling in the process. Yes, the film takes its time to unfold and isn't 'racy' by any standards but that's only because Amin chooses to stay true to Sahni's script.
In the bargain, many may feel that Rocket Singh is a bit long but except a few scenes that could have probably been snipped out to make the film leaner, it holds your attention. The corporate jargon used liberally in the film, though, might limit the film's appeal a great deal.
A special mention has to be made of casting director Abhimanyu Singh. The guy, who was responsible for getting all those wonderful girls in Chak De India, gets it bang on once again. Naveen Kaushik, as Nitin, is very natural and almost takes you by surprise in what is probably his first mainstream film role.
Manish Choudhari, as the boss, is a familiar face on the advertising circuit and performs ably in a decisive role. Gauhar Khan is very good as the sexy and intelligent customer handler Koena and displays decent acting talent.
D Santosh is perfect with his comic timing and one-liners. Prem Chopra is cute as Ranbir's granddad. Shahzahn Padamsee, as Harpreet's girlfriend, comes across as very sweet and likeable in her debut attempt.
The star of the show, once again, is Ranbir Kapoor. In his third author-backed role in as many months, Ranbir is once again the life of the film. In Wake Up Sid, he displayed a charm that endeared him to young audiences and with Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani, he wooed the masses.
In Rocket Singh, Ranbir might be considered lucky to have got a role that can be career-defining for many actors. But to his credit, he lives up to the responsibility that comes with being the driving factor of such a beautiful film. His sardar get-up and mannerisms are fresh to watch and the actor must get credit for pulling off Harpreet the way he does.
But the one that deserves kudos the most is the duo of Shimit Amin-Jaideep Sahni. At a time when filmmakers rely on 'big' films and opening weekends, the two continue to stick to simple stories with great thought.
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