Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
Yash Raj Films, Rs 299
So it’s now ‘DVD official’: Ranbir Kapoor in a turban works far, far better than in a towel. The box-office mob didn’t much care for Shimit Amin’s Rocket Singh, so here’s our tip: watch it in the alternate pace of home theatre. The film opens with Harpeet ‘Rocket’ Singh Bedi (Kapoor) checking his BCom marks on the computer at home (it’s 38.72 ‘Pass’) and the transformation of his concerned face to one hosting a ‘let’s see how the world will handle me’ smile sets the tone of the film. The setting of Rocket Singh is in a computer sales company office. Bedi thinks he’s got what it takes to be a great salesman. Things start going awry when he meets a client who, matter of factly, asks for a ‘commission’. What follows Bedi’s shock, subsequent pariah status within the office and the general hostility he faces from his seniors and colleagues, he hatches an ingenious plan. This is an intelligent film that pitches a white knight in a corrupt world. What makes it work far better than expectation is Kapoor's under-the-top performance along with the filmmaker's rich eye for routine details.