Launching off with honest style

Rocket Singh:Salesman of the year

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Ranbir Singh, Prem Chopra, Manish Chopra, Naveen Kaushik, D Santosh, Mukesh Bhatt, Gauhar Khan and Shazahn Padamsee

Director: Shimit Amin

Being screened at Gopi


KATHMANDU: Risk toh Spiderman bhi leta hain, main toh ek salesman hoon (even Spiderman takes a risk, and I am just a salesman) — this is what the lead and supporting actors of the latest offering from Yash Raj Movies keep repeating. And no doubt looking at the box office reports Yash Raj is getting success only in the risks (off-beat movies) they are taking. Rocket Singh of course is a risky business; Shimit Amin after huge success of Chak De in 2007 is back with a totally different storyline; Ranbir, known for his romantic roles, plays a Sikh simpleton and the movie has nothing that Yash Raj films are known for. No romantic songs in outdoor locations, no coy and sensitive damsel in distress neither a lead actor with mushy lines to repeat.

Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) is a born looser and his just-pass marks in the report cards proves it. Fresh out of college, Harpreet is in search of a job and he zeros in on the job of a salesman. Though he shows a lot of potential, he is considered a loser in his office by his colleagues and his team leader Nitin (Naveen Kaushik) and boss Puri (Manish Chaudhary). Harpreet tries working earnestly without manipulating and lying, which turns out to be very wrong in the ‘real world’ and is ridiculed by all. But slowly he tries and proves that if something is done with honesty and dedication, then success is not impossible with the help of Nitin, Koyna (Gauhar Khan), Giri (D Santosh) and Mishra (Mukesh Bhatt, not the producer).

Over all it’s a feel-good movie where the simple fact of honesty and integrity is focused through a well written script and story telling. The comedy is not slapstick so stays longer and stronger and reminds one a lot of Munna Bhai series with its ‘do good’ theme. The treatment given to the well-tried formula is commendable. Amin knows how to play with situations and gives it a natural touch. Even the dialogues and situations do not sound very filmi but very normal which everyone can relate to. Characters are well defined and very real. The best part is the office relation and environment presented with honesty that many will love.

Kapoor shines as the most versatile actor of the year — after carefree Sid and dreamy romantic Prem, he changes tracks effortlessly to the loveable and naïve Harpreet. Other outstanding performances are given by Kaushik and Chaudhary as they fit into their roles seamlessly. Santosh and Bhatt are superb in their comic timing and Prem Chopra plays a very doting grandfather and shines in his small role. Among the leading ladies Khan is natural and one really wonders why she waited so long to get on the sliver screen and Shazahn Padamsee cast opposite the lead actor is a pretty face, but no talent.

The title song of the movie is already a hit but as the movie has no song as such just background music, composers Salim and Sulaiman are okay.

Overall a good time pass and must watch with the whole family.