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What's Hot: Shimit Amin who made Ab Tak Chappan and Chak De! India comes up with a film that's totally different from his previous two offerings full marks to him for originality.
And bonus points to the director and lead actor Ranbir Kapoor for making a film that is as brave as it is path-breaking. How many films can you recall that have had a salesman as the 'hero'? Harpreet is not larger-than-life. He is real. He is someone who you may know or someone you may have been at some point in your life.
If one has to find a Hollywood equivalent, it would be Jerry Maguire, even though that was a fantasy in part.
But Rocket Singh is real. It doesn't try to be funny or romantic or even dramatic. It is a well-told story that doesn't compromise at all. There are no peppy songs in foreign locations, no item numbers and no sexy leading lady to add shallow glamour.
Ranbir comes up with yet another effective performance. He grasps the character well and portrays all his struggles, doubts and fears effortlessly.
All his partners do a fantastic job and help make it the film it is. The encounters between Harpreet and his work friends, his boss and even his aging father are warm and tender. Gauhar Khan is surprisingly good.
The story and dialogues by Jaideep Sahni deserve special mention. Simple and meaningful, the film comes with a purpose and even though it may not be commercially appealing (neither were Yuva and Swades), you have to admire Yash Raj Films for attempting a subject like this.
What's Not: The director sets the pace from the word go, so you know this one isn't going to be a roller-coaster of surprises.
But there are portions that test your patience. You wish the director had not resorted to the predictable scenes of Harpreet practising in front of the mirror. The change of heart of HP's boss Puri is also unconvincing. Newcomer Shazahn disappoints she doesn't have much to do anyway.
What to do: It may not be your kind of film, but you should watch this one. Simply because our cynical world needs more Harpreet Singhs. It is a film about hope. And about a better world with honest peoplehttp://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2009/dec/121209-Rocket-Singh-Salesman-Of-The-Year-Movie-Review.htm
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If it had lived up to its golden first five minutes, 'Rocket Singh' would have been the movie of the decade. But the film is lighthearted and enjoyable, with just enough undercurrents of human frailty to keep the story interesting. The film glides through its well-structured script, letting the audience coast along with it and allowing the performers to create the magic. And the best thing about 'Rocket Singh' is that its the first Yash Raj film that respects its own characters wholeheartedly, without a wink.
Rocket Singh's tone is perfectly pitched, its dialogue is absolutely right and is delivered with performances that will remain in your hearts and minds for a very long time. And it's not just the character of Rocket (Harpreet) Singh, but also the supporting cast and characters who bring this story to life. Take for example the character Puri, who plays Harpreet's boss, is astonishingly, lovably villainous. Or for that matter the Hyderabadi Santosh, the perpetually befuddled po*n-addict computer assembler. Or the sales shark Nitin, with his venomous demeanor, razor sharp brain and hilarious sideburns. Or Chhotelal Misra, the frustrated peon, or the striving receptionist Koena. Heck, even Harpreet's office mates in their bit roles make a big impression. The casting was just impeccable. Shazahn Padamsee was the one weak link of the film, a better actress would have been a jackpot, but that's just moaning. You can find things to complain about what it is. But nothing really compares to what it is.
Ranbir Kapoor's charming turn in 'Rocket Singh' is the greatest of his short career. Expect a Force 10 gale of a performance from Ranbir, charismatic, spirited, exasperated and restrained all at once if you can imagine that. His devotion to the character is itself extraordinary - there are genuine glints in his eyes. No doubt about it, he is the most talented lead actor of this generation.
Director Amin has managed an impressive achievement that qualifies as a great Bollywood film. He knows a thing or two about pacing, and it's relentless here. Even in its near 3-hour runtime, there is not a scene that bores or seems unnecessary. Miraculously, Amin does away with songs, and with the sleight of hand handles the love angle with refreshing nonchalance. The final confrontation scene between Harpreet and his boss is itself worth the price of admission. Screenwriter Jaideep Sahni deftly explores (mostly the humorous side of) sticky subjects like office politics, bribery, corruption, work ethics, non-exploitative profits, but never stoops to shoving stereotypes in your face. The dialogue is crisp, and each scene is terse, which makes you beg for more.
All in all, this is an absolute gem of a movie and the perfect antidote to all the trashy big budget vehicles that keep releasing. 'Rocket Singh' is a delectable film indeed, I implore you to watch it.
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Rocket Singh is about Harpreet Singh (Ranbir), who after graduating college with just 38% marks, joins a major computer trading company "AYS Computers" as a salesman. During his first few sales calls, he comes face-to-face with some of the harsh realities of the sales world and gets ridiculed for his honesty by his colleagues and boss. The movie then goes on about how he teaches his boss a few lessons (simply put as business policies, human resource management and customer service).
Jaideep Sahni makes Shimit Amin do a Dibakar Banerjee. Shimit's Rocket Singh comes close to Dibakar & Jaideep's Khosla ka Ghosla in terms of treatment, appeal, intelligence and characterization.
The movie is simple and smart. No unwanted tracks or songs, just moving ahead to reach its point (and a good one at that). At around 2 hours and 45 minutes, it's a little long though.
The characters in the movie are real and will be easily identifiable to the office going crowd. The actor who plays the service technician has some of the best lines and is great, especially in his reaction to Ranbir's decision to split the shares every time a new partner joins in. The peon "Chotelal" is another amazing performer. Two of his scenes, one while joining Ranbir and the second when he bursts out at the Sales Manager, are clap-worthy. The Sales Manager with the funky beard is another actor to watch out for. He is brilliant, and never hits a wrong note. And he is so real! Gauhar Khan acts well. Shazahn Padamsee is beautiful to look at (reminds me of Deepika at times) and is good in her debut. The Boss acts as a real boss, which means he is played his part perfectly. Prem Chopra is likeable.
Ranbir is not a superstar in the making anymore. He is a superstar! The audience simply loves to see him. This being his third movie within a span of 4 months, that too with minimal promotion, and still managing to get a house full, is something not many superstars can do. (I managed to get the midnight show tickets and that too since I booked it in the morning. The booking for the earlier shows were already closed in the morning). He is very good as Harpreet Singh. This is comparable to his brilliant act in Wake Up Sid. He puts in a very controlled performance and never once tries to overshadow his co-stars, the credit of which should equally go to Shimit Amin and Jaideep Sahni.
Shimit makes a hat-trick. He delivers again! All his three movies are different from each other and he gets it right for each one of them. Slowly and steadily (and again without any publicity), Shimit Amin is becoming a quality brand that can work wonders in any genre.
The only issue I have is with the climax, where the boss has a sudden change of heart. It is a little difficult to digest. I was expecting a masterstroke from Jaideep to conclude the movie. But a 'change of heart' seemed to be the simplest thing to do from the writing point of view. Barring this, overall, Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year is a simple and honest movie, as honest as its lead character Harpreet Singh.
Watch it if you liked Khosla ka Ghosla and you won't be disappointed!
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