Kissan Movie Review
Director Puneet Sira’s ‘Kissan’ is more or less a remake of Manoj Kumar’s 1967 hit film ‘Upkaar’, set in a village the film is about two brothers Sohail and Arbaaz Khan, who look like movie stars inspite of one of them being a farmer.
In their youth while Arbaaz is sent to the city to study law, Sohail stays back home to till their land. The cliches arrive when two decades later the family faces a grave problem as their land is forced to be sold off to rich businessmen. Now making a movie about the plight of farmers is one thing, but turning it into a nonsensical violent B-movie is another.
The address has already been issued in Manoj Kumar’s flick as well as in the brilliant ‘Mother India’, and Kissan completely misses the point. Apart from the dated plot, the film comprises of some pretty yawn inducing music. What more ridiculous is that the film depicts a village from Punjab as something straight out of a Steven Segal movie, complete with nasty guys killing people by the dozen, the farmers screaming for revenge after taking their pagdis off. Why make an over-the-top flick that portrays farmers as unintelligible human beings?
Barring newcomer Romeo who plays the villain, the performances in Kissan are shockingly bad, as none of the characters speak with proper Punjabi accents. The setting itself is strange, where everyone sings bhangra songs all the time in mustard fields. The supporting cast including Dia Mirza, Nauheed Cyrusi, Sarat Saxena and Dilip Tahil sleepwalk through their roles. Jackie Shroff is unintentionally funny once again as he tries very hard to ‘act emotional’.