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Salman Khan’s Kick turns 3: Why it is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s best mainstream film

As Salman Khan’s Kick turns 3, here’s a look at why it’s Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s best mainstream film - even after his work in Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.

bollywood Updated: Jul 25, 2017 12:18 IST
Sweta Kaushal
Nawaz played the main antagonist, Shiv Gajra, in Kick. Unlike his other big films, Kick did not shy away from offering quirky dialogues and ample amount of screen space to Nawazuddin.
Nawaz played the main antagonist, Shiv Gajra, in Kick. Unlike his other big films, Kick did not shy away from offering quirky dialogues and ample amount of screen space to Nawazuddin.

Tuesday marks the third anniversary of Salman Khan’s superhit entertainer, Kick. Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial released in 2014 and featured Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fernandes along with Salman.

Apart from being one the numerous Salman hits, Kick was also perhaps the first and arguably the only “commercial” movie that gave due respect and space to Nawazuddin.

While Nawazuddin has proved his mettle over and over again with films like Maajhi, Raman Raghav, Paan Singh Tomar and The Lunchbox, he mostly had small, strictly supportive roles when it came to mainstream cinema. All the entertainers that he has featured in either gave him little space, or were rather disappointing craft-wise.

We even saw Nawazuddin playing the main supporting roles in Raees and Bajrangi Bhaijaan along with Shah Rukh Khan and Salman respectively, but these films had the Khans overshadowing Nawaz’s characters in terms of screen space and treatment.

Nawaz played the main antagonist, Shiv Gajra, in Kick. Unlike his other big films, Kick did not shy away from offering quirky dialogues and ample amount of screen space to Nawazuddin.

From the cheap thrills that Gajra enjoyed to his histrionics and pure meanness, Nawaz’s character graph was pretty impressive. Kick also proved to be Salman Khan’s first film to enter Rs 200-crore club. Films like Freaky Ali and Munna Michael, on the other hand, were critically panned and even fared poorly at the box office.

If you have watched the film, it is Gajra’s demonic laugh that stays with you, so much so that even Salman tries to ape the mean laughter after killing him.

Here’s some trivia from the film for Salman and Kick fans:

Facts
  • The shooting for the bus chase sequence between Salman and Randeep commenced at Glasgow, Scotland, continued at London and finally ended at Warsaw, Poland.
  • Salman dances on the song Saat Samundar Paar (Vishwaatma, 1992). Sajid had paid Rs 1.5 crore for the rights of the song to pay tribute to his late wife Divya Bharti.
  • Reportedly, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan were offered the lead role but both declined due to lack of dates.
  • Kick is the remake of Telugu film, Kick (2009) that starred Ravi Teja and Ileana D’Cruz. It was also remade in Telugu as Thillalangadi (2010).
  • Kick was the first film where Jacqueline Fernandes dubbed her own lines.

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