Release Date : Nov 13,2012
Son of Sardaar
Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
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Production: Ajay Devgn, N.R.Pachisia, Pravin Talreja
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Juhi Chawla, Mukul Dev, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Vindu Dara Singh
Direction: Ashwni Dhir
Screenplay: Ashwni Dhir, Robin Bhatt
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Distribution: Eros International, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

Son of Sardaar is yet another movie set around Punjab and it features a whole lot of Punjabis and Sikhs. Like the earlier Punjab based movies, does this one also deliver unabashed entertainment?

Jassi (Ajay Devgn) is a Sardaar who returns to his Punjab village from London to sell a property that belonged to his late father and make some money. Little does he know that Billu (Sanjay Dutt) and his gang are out to avenge him at any cost, due to a 25-year-old animosity that took a toll on their previous generation.

Billu is a guy who doesn’t even marry his sweetheart Pammi (Juhi Chawla) just for the sake of this revenge. Jassi keeps evading the impending bloodbath by masquerading as a guest in Billu’s home as Billu believes in living up to his family’s culture of treating guests as God and not harming them in anyway. Romance is also part of the mix as Jassi falls for Sukh (Sonakshi Sinha), a girl in Billu’s household whom he meets during his journey to Punjab.

This cat and mouse game continues for an extended time before the inevitable faceoff in the climax between Jassi and Billu. The ending is on expected lines.

Among the performers, Ajay Devgn is perfect as the Sardaar and turns in a believable and endearing performance. Sanjay Dutt has an imposing and majestic makeover and he passes muster as well. Salman Khan’s special appearance sends the crowd into a tizzy while heroine Sonakshi Sinha isn’t much more than just a pretty chubby face. Juhi Chawla has to be among the most likable performers. She is such a charmer.

The movie is over-the-top and the action sequences will put even hardcore masala flicks in the shade. There are lots of punch lines, dry PJs and typical Punjabi cultural references. The Hindi spoken in the movie also has a heavy Punjabi hangover.

The songs by Himesh Reshammiya are foot tapping particularly the title track, Po Po and Rani Mein Tu Raja. Bichdann is a lovely melody track. There is nothing much to speak about the re- recording, though.

The art department has to be commended for the colourful look of the movie. Being a movie about a happy go lucky Sardaar, this colourful presentation is apt and goes well with the theme of the movie.

To sum up, Son of Sardaar has its moments of sheer fun, has decent songs and a lot of bankable names in the cast but the presentation is too over-the-top and loud. The movie also suffers many inactive streaks thereby sending the interest meter down. The simple plot has just been further weathered down.

Verdict: An over-the-top ‘no brainer’ with a sluggish entertainment quotient.