Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year ***1/2

Harpreet S Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) is sure to charm you with his effortless acting, likeable persona and forthright ways. The central character of the film, Harpreet, is straight out of college looking for work. The 39-percent-er BCom graduate strikes in his first interview, landing himself a job, thanks to his determination and belief in himself. 
The guy is an idealist of sorts. He knows only good. The 'p' of politics escapes him. His close-to-perfect vision of life comes to knot, few months into his job and soon enough his guilelessness lands him out of it. In the last few days, left of his training period, he's (expectedly!) belittled by his boss and talked down to by his colleagues.

He keeps up his hard work, knowing well he won't be rewarded or recognized for it. Harpreet is hurt but not without faith. It's then that he takes a decision. The dimwit (at least that's what everyone makes of him!) outsmarts all. He proves a true blue salesman (but honest, mind you!).

Yes, there are a few loopholes, but the film does not wander from the point it sets out to make. It is a different subject, tautly scripted and screen played, with believable characters. 
Be it Harpreet's shrewd team leader Nitin (Naveen Kaushik); his foxy boss Sunil Puri (Manish Chodhary); the brash receptionist Koena (Gauhar Khan); the perennial lech Santosh (Girish Reddy); cup-plate Mishra Ji; or our very own Prem Naam Hai Mera, Prem Chopra, who plays a loving grandfather to Harpreet (PS: main vaari vaari gai on his flawwwless Punjabi twang).

It's a film with a soul and hence highly recommended! 


  1. Exactly echoing what you said. This movie is not without its flaws. But even with all the flaws, it is a heart-warming story well scripted and ably enacted onscreen with Ranbir and his start-up team at their best.

  2. IMO, the best bollywood movie of 2009. It failed only because it wasn't marketed well by Yashraj.

    My review here :

  3. @Mukta - I agree.. Visited your blog... you almost worded my thoughts!
    Hope to see you around more often. Cheers! :)

  4. loved the movie and really wondering why it didn't work...Ranbir is so flawless in a loser role but outsmarts everyone at the end.....he is gonna go a long way for sure.....he has done everything till now and shone in all of the roles whether Rajneeti or wake up sid or ajab prem ki gajab kahani though i didn't like the movie much.....

  5. I agree with @all talk and no action...
    the film, unlike most other yashraj films was so poorly promoted... no one even noticed when it released and vanished off the theatres.. but it will surely be one of ranbir's most remembered roles... all other characters too are very much realistic...


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