In a recent film review, I noted how most directors with a brilliant first film let viewers down with their subsequent work. However, as with all other rules in life, this one has exceptions as well.
Shimit Amin is one such exception. His directorial debut – “Ab Tak Chappan” is one of the best films I have ever seen! It’s right up there in my top three list. He did not disappoint with his second film “Chak De India“, and has managed to stay the course with his third film “Rocket Singh“.
Rocket Singh is a lot like Chak de India, in the sense that it is the story of an underdog winning against all odds – a theme on which countless movies have made. What sets this one apart is how the five or six main characters of this movie develop as the film progresses. As with his previous two films, this one is unconventional as well – it is not a typical Bollywood song-and-dance show. Apart from Ranbir Kapoor, there are no “stars” in this film; the story is the central point around which the characters revolve and evolve.
All the main characters have done an excellent job – to think about it, even a trivial character like Laalwani – the small time computer parts vendor also manages to steal the two scenes he is in! The characters resonate! You know these people! When you see Laalwani, you are reminded of your own Laalwani – your computer parts vendor sitting in a small 4-by-8 hole-in-the-wall in the basement of CTC.
If there is anything negative to report about this movie, it is Giri’s character. Is it just me, or did Giri transform from a Tamilian to a Hyderabadi somewhere after his second scene? I am not sure. I will have to pay attention when I watch this movie a second time (which I will).
If you enjoyed Ab Tak Chappan and Chak de India, I am pretty sure you will like Rocket Singh – Go watch it!