Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year Movie Review

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Two years after delivering a hit on the hockey fields with CHAK DE INDIA, Shimit Amin returns, this time with business as the field of play. Yet again, he delivers a product with finesse. ROCKET SINGH appeals, endears, and warms the cockles of one’s heart.

Ranbir Kapoor is in that phase of his innings right now, where he can do no wrong. He is, in sporting parlance, what you call ‘in the Zone’. Anything he does just shines. He has that uncanny knack of ‘becoming’ the character, body language and all… He is such a joy to watch.

Ranbir is Harpeet Singh Bedi, a youngster who just manages to scrape through his B.Com exams and one who is not interested in CAT. He wants to work as a salesman. He lands a job as a trainee at AYS Computers and within a few days is blasted for being a “Mahatma in the jungle.” He complains against an employee of a firm who buys bulk orders from AYS because he is asking for his ‘Cut’.

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~ by Yakuza on December 11, 2009.

50 Responses to “Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year Movie Review”

  1. Rajeev Masand also appreoves his latest tweet “Whatever else you do this weekend, make it a point to watch Rocket Singh”…

  2. sorry typo its approves

  3. Even Avatar is getting great reviews
    @Topaz and Yakuza – If any of you gets to talk to CEOs or the concerned people of the multiplex chains in India, can you please request/ask them about the possibility of a 3D/imax screen in Chd. We have 5 multiplexes here but not even a single Imax/3D screen. People here really want to watch Avatar in 3D. Nearest 3D screen would be in Amritsar(the only in Punjab) or Delhi

    • sure, will get to know for any plans.

    • @claus,
      this movie deserve IMAX wadala,mumbai experience…man should be a trend setter…

      • Yeah man. Thats why i am pissed. Got to know even Nolan shot some sequences of TDK in imax. I so wanted to watch it in Imax but what to do. No choice. Punjab is a strong territory as far as BO collections are concerned maybe after Mumbai and Delhi. And inspite of having 16 screens in 5 multiplexes, not even a single one is imax. It sucks.

  4. paa will rock in second week sure
    roket singh is getting mix review
    even bollywood hungama given 1.5/5

  5. On the whole, ROCKET SINGH – SALESMAN OF THE YEAR is more of a documentary on the life of a salesman. Lack of music, romance and entertainment, coupled with zilch hype, will go against the film. A colossal disappointment!

    1.5 stars

  6. NDTV :

    Rocket Singh never becomes more than the sum of its parts but still I recommend that you make time for it. Just be prepared to be patient.

    Rating : 3/5

  7. Rediff : Raja Sen – 3.5/5
    Rocket Singh – Plain and Simple
    Rocket Singh won’t suddenly break into a jig, and there’s something quite priceless about the way he digs into a plateful of noodles after shoving his necktie into his pocket.

  8. Buzz 18 – 4/5
    Verdict – The most well written and genuinely unique of the year. This one’s a superb product.

  9. Any idea why Taran always makes mincemeat of Yash raj movies of late?

  10. wat a borin movie…… slept off…. hw can u give it 3/5..uff…

  11. Radiosargam :

    It is difficult to find more to write about Rocket Singh for this review. The film has nothing to talk about apart from Ranbir Kapoor’s acting. And it would probably be right to sum up stating that Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year will fail to secure sales at the Box Office.

    Watch it only if you love Ranbir Kapoor!

    RS Rating: 3/10

    • here comes the crusade of downgrading Rocket Singh for the Sake of PAAAA

      what faireness and what objectivity bollybusiness shows

  12. Boring Movie… Taran goes by the Audience view point. remember Delhi 6, Frankly it was not at all a bad movie compared Sales man. nothing new, just looks like a documentary, very slow paced movie. Usually Taran gives high rating to Yash chopra movies becasue they are entertaining… now a days they are forgetting about their forte (Entertainment).. Only New york was the saviour for them. Regarding Raja Sen, he praises all the YRF movies…

    • @Shivakumar
      Taran gave 4/5 to both Blue and Kurbaan and both tanked. He even claimed that Kurbaan was the best movie to come out this year.
      Raja Sen gave 1/5 to New Yorl and 2.5/5 to Dil Bole Hadippa. I think that claim about Raja Sen praising all YRF movies isn’t fair.
      But i think Rocket Singh is not an entertainer. Looks like going Luck By Chance way with critics loving it but masses having a mixed opinion about the movie.

  13. @Yakuza
    How much did Paa make in first week and DDD in second week??
    And how do you expect Rocket Singh to do considering the WOM is mixed, mostly good if i must add.

    • claustrophobic , my previous comment about paa :

      “Around 8 crore NETT from approx. 220 screens. Let me get few more single screens numbers, will come with final estimated Nett by evening. My wild guess is approx. 18-19 Crore first week. BTW Paa opened to steady response today (however on lower side).”

      About rocket :

      “Movie caught some pace in evening shows, first weekend should be good, weekdays fall is inevitable, look like 18-19 crore first week”

      Will update my report in 3-4 hours from now.

  14. Taran gave 4/5 to both Blue

    blue doing avg busniess

    hm, kurbaan disater ho gai

  15. Mouthshut user review :

    Overall, Rocketsingh fail to sell the product convincingly. For people in the field of sales it may be an ok watch. Otherwise this salesman fails to impress.

    My rating: 2.5 stars.

    general audience is not liking it … MS average rating 2 stars….

  16. i heard some decent words for this movie .. i will watch it for ranbir sake .. 🙂

  17. nits and Jeevan and others Bachchans Bakhts hopes and dreams of Rocket to flop or to be a disaster, and spreading false lies, what a pity

  18. I know from Day one Rocket Singh is not going to Click. what ever the Initial it will get from the week end is a kind of bonus, all thanks to the new SuperStar of bolly wood Ranbir!!. I was just watching an interview of Ranbir, Shimmit & jaideep (i think Headlines today). when reporter told all the best to your greatest movie till date then Ranbir replied immediately i will not say so. and even shimmit’s body language was suggesting all is not well. he was telling a small film with un knowns stars (may be during the making) with limited buget. He was saying he thought of experimenting a small fim with small buget with new starts after Chak De!!! Comman, small buget will not make the movie small nor the big Buget movie make a film Big. Any day PAA is greater than Drona!!

    Even Yash Raj, knew that Rocket singh is a dud. so they spent a pea nut for the marketing. Luckily Ranbir is a super star and they will recover their small investment easily. but for Ranbir, he will remember this movie as a wrong movie @ the right time. Ranbir has amazing fan following!! even an average entertainer with few good songs would have been a Super HIT and he would have been a A lister along with the SRK, Aamir, Akshay, Hrithik…

    Now, he need to wait for some more time to attain that STATUS.

  19. bakwas picture hai

  20. @yakuza what is the two week total of de dana dan

  21. Sandy Review:
    Quick Toughts on Rocket Singh

    First things first. Ranbir Kapoor seems to have truly arrived. How else do you explain a morning show for Rocket Singh being 80 per cent full! The foyer was teeming, with not an inch to move. And this for a film that was not even promoted so well.

    Coming to the film, it’s very close to what Khosla Ka Ghosla was. Jaideep Sahni’s touch is more than evident. It’s the same story where the good people con the bad ones.

    I’d say Khosla… was the more sharper film – the Delhi flavour, the satire, it’s irnonic wit made it one of the most delightful films in recent times.

    Rocket Singh is a lovely watch too, and there are some enormously entertaining scenes. If Ranbir Kapoor was the very soul of Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, here too, he makes a definite impression. But I get the feeling he’s getting stuck in goody-goody roles. At least with Ajab.., he had a lot of things to do. Here, his part is a bit too bland and one note. That could be deliberate to establish his ‘uncorrupted’ nature, and at points, it works as a good foil for the more interesting characters around him. But the length does bring on the tedium.

    The highlight of the film are the characters around Ranbir. Model Gauhar Khan is super sexy, so is Ranbir’s sales manager. Giri.
    This is of course Jaideep’s strength -where he etches out delightfully real-life characters. It was evident in both Chak De India and Aaja Nachle.

    The film, at 2:40 mins or so, is certainly long. While it is similar to Khosla… in many ways, it differs to the extent that this one gets somewhat preachy and ponderous. This is a film Raj Kumnar Hirani would have been quite proud to make.

    There is a fine message in the film, one that casts a wry look at the working of the sales world and attitude to customers. Since the company where Ranbir works is into assembling computers , a lot of the film revolves precisely around this. The story might get technical to those who are not really aware of frauds related to computer sales. That is a drawback.

    All in all, since the film closely follows Khosla… , it’s can’t be altogether termed superlative. But it is still a very fine effort! Amin introduces a dozen new actors and that all of them perform with utmost confidence and flair.

    At the boxoffice, I see it performing pretty well. The opening will be more than decent. Not great, but good at the BO.

  22. Rocket Singh is the smartest and best film of 2009 along with Kaminey, without a doubt

    Rocket Singh is the smartest and best film of 2009 along with Kaminey, without a doubt. Starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead and made by the combo of Shimit Amin and Jaideep Sahni, Rocket Singh deserves all the praises in the world.

    Rocket Singh

    Rocket Singh is a film about college pass out Harpreet Singh Bedi who was just an average student in college. Not finding any suitable options in further studies, he decides to pursue his career in sales. But, things were not the way he expected. Corruption, bribes, hard competition between the staff, a frustrated guy as his senior, and a corrupt boss, that job turned out to be his worst nightmare. He then decides not to give up on his dream and fight the system and thus begins the journey of Rocket Singh. I won’t give too much story as I want you guys to really enjoy it.

    Let’s start reviewing the technical department first. Shimit Amin is a genius, no doubts about that. After Ab Tak Chappan and Chak De India, he is back with a bang! He captures your attention so beautifully that you won’t be able to think about anything else while watching the movie. He sets the tone of the film and shows the corporate world very realistically and that’s why the film works. And, we certainly can’t ignore his partner, Jaideep Sahni for writing such a wonderful script. Filled with many subtle comic moments and such a powerful drama, it is a perfect hybridization of both genres.

    There are so many powerful scenes such as Harpreet’s interview, conversation between him, his boss, and the client where his boss insults him and the climax; all 3 probably the best scenes of the year. TWO BIG THUMBS UP!

    Background score is really nice by Salim-Sulaiman. Cinematography is also awesome.

    Ranbir Kapoor is awesome and as I said before, the only actor of current generation who knows the art of acting. He sinks in the character fully and delivers a powerful performance. It’s definitely on of his best.

    But, for the first time, he is not able to steal the show. This time, it is the supporting cast which steals the show. Thanks to Yash Raj, there is no correct information available about the supporting cast on net, so I will update the post with correct names and their characters.

    But, there is one character Nitin, Harpreet’s senior, his performance was mind blowing. He takes the whole movie from Ranbir. Other performances were also good and especially Prem Chopra, I liked him after a long time in a movie.

    Final Verdict

    Rocket Singh is such a powerful film that it is a must watch for everyone, especially for the multiplex audience. If you love no-brainers and can’t digest smart and realistic films then stay away from this one. And don’t go to watch this movie in hopes of a total comedy coz it’s not. There are so many moments which are really cruel. They’ll probably remind you of your own office life. Rocket Singh belongs to two people; Shimit Amin and Jaideep Sahni. They are the heroes of this film. It’s such a pity that the promotions of this movie started so late.

    Rocket Singh is the top contender for best film of 2009 award with Kaminey. And with Three Idiots releasing, too, battle for Best Film award is really tough this year. We can’t forget Dev.D, Wake Up Sid, Paa, and Kurbaan which are also strong contenders. I just can’t wait for the nominations this year. Best year of the decade for Bollywood, hands down.

  23. @sam paaji

    im nt saying about rocket sing i m nt see it yet ot na hi dekhunga……….
    pls dont frustreted…………….
    im say blue was it was………..

    don show ur frustration here

  24. yakuza please answer my question

  25. what i can make out from responses and reviews is that the promos actually mislead the audience….peolpe were expecting it to be a light entertainer with good dose of comedy…still if the movie is well made it deserves to succeed…

  26. निर्देशक : शिमित अमीन
    प्रोड्यूसर : आदित्य चोपड़ा
    संगीत : सलीम- सुलेमान
    कलाकार : रणबीर कपूर, शेजान पद्मसी, गौहर खान, प्रेम चोपड़ा
    गीत , संवाद पटकथा : जयदीप साहनी
    बैनर : यशराज फिल्म
    एक सेल्समेन की जिंदगी पर आधारित रॉकेट सिंह सेल्समेन ऑफ द ईयर बहुत खूबसूरत फिल्म है। फिल्म का लेखन कमाल का है और इसके पात्र दर्शकों से एक रिश्ता सा जोड़ लेते है। चक दे इंडिया के बाद निर्देशक शिमित अमीन और लेखक जयदीप शाहनी की जोड़ी ने एक बार फिर से कमाल की फिल्म बनाई है जो दर्शको के दिल को छू जाएगी। कहते है ब्यूटीफूल मांइड सफलता की खोज का सबसे बेहतरीन माध्यम है लेकिन ये ब्यूटीफुल माइंड आखिर चीज क्या है?

    एक सेल्समेन की जिंदगी को आधार बनाकर उसकी सोच , उसके काम करने के तरीके और ईमानदारी कोरे कागज पर लिखी हुई इबारत के साथ एक बेहतरीन फिल्म है। फिल्म कहती है मार्कशीट पर मिले नंबर सब कुछ नहीं होते जिंदगी की जीत की पटकथा तो रिस्क और कुछ अलग हटके सोच रखने वाले लोग ही लिखते है और आपके आसपास कुछ ऐसे लोग भी होते है जिनकों आप मामूली समझते हो और वह कुछ ऐसा जादू कर जाते है जिसकी किसी दूसरे ने कल्पना भी नहीं की होती है।

    फिल्म की कहानी हरप्रीत सिंह बेदी (रणबीर कपूर) की जिंदगी पर आधारित है जो बहुत की कम नंबरो से स्नातक है लेकिन एक कंप्यूटर कंपनी में सेल्समेन की नौकरी करता है। चूंकि उसकी नौकरी नई है इसलिए उसके वरिष्ठ उसे कई तरह से परेशान करते है और अपनी ईमानदारी के कारण वह कंपनी के आलाअधिकारियों को भी रास नहीं आता है। लोग उसे एक ऐसा जीरो समझते है जो किसी काम नहीं है। लेकिन इसी बीच वह कंपनी के आईटी से जुड़े एक बंदे, रिसेप्शनिस्ट गौहर खान को अपने साथ जोड़कर ईमानदारी से कस्टमर को पीसी सेल्स करने लगता है और वह भी दूसरी कंपनियों से बेहद कम पैसे में। धीरे-धीरे कंपनी में रहकर वह रॉकेट सिंह के नाम पर अपनी कंपनी खड़ी कर लेता है जिसके कारण मूल कंपनी को नुकसान होने लगता है। लेकिन राज खुल जाता है, नौकरी के साथ कंपनी भी जाती रहती है। लेकिन कुछ समय बाद हरप्रीत की पहली कंपनी के मालिक को अपनी भूल का अहशास होता है और वह उसकी कंपनी वापस कर देता है और कहता है तू चीज क्या है यार में आज तक नहीं समझ पाया।

    दरअसल इस फिल्म का खास बात इसका लेखन है जिसके लिए आप जयदीप साहनी को साधुवाद दे सकते है। जयदीप फिल्मी दुनियां में आने से पहले एनआईआईटी में एक साल तक कंप्यूटर प्रोफेशनल के रुप में काम कर चुके है और इस फिल्म को देखकर ऐसा लगता है उन्होंने अपने आस पास जो देखा है उसे फिल्म में उस बात का टच दिया है। जयदीप के लिए ऐसा करना कोई नहीं बात नहीं है इससे पहले वह ये जादू खोसला का घोसला में भी दिखा चुके है।

    कलाकारों में रणबीर कपूर का अभिनय बेहद शानदार रहा है और यह फिल्म उनके अभिनय को एक नया आयाम देती है। गौहर खान ने भी फिल्म में अपने रोल के अनुसार बेहतर काम किया है। शेजान पद्मसी की यह पहली फिल्म है लेकिन इस फिल्म में उनके लिए कुछ खास नहीं था।

    फिल्म में गीतों की संख्या कम है हालांकि संगीत बेहद उम्दा है।फिल्म में एक दो और गीत की गुंजाइस बनती थी और यह इस फिल्म की सबसे खास कमी दर्शक को लग सकती है। लेकिन जो भी गीत संगीत है उम्दा है और यह फिल्म लोगों को पसंद आएगी।

    फिल्म में रणबीर कपूर के शानदार अभिनय, जयदीप के शानदार लेखन और शिमित अमीन के कमाल के निर्देशन के लिए देखी जा सकती है। ओवर ऑल यह एक बेहद शानदार फिल्म है जिसे कम से कम एक बार हर उस कर्मचारी या मालिक को तो जरूर देखनी चाहिए जो किसी कंपनी से जुड़ा हुआ है। ओवरआल देखा जाय तो यह एक ऐसी फिल्म है जिसे कम से कम एक बार तो देखा ही जाना चाहिए।

    रेटिंग : ***१/२

  27. people dont go on taran review may be he is nt getting money 😛 he only knows 1.5 nd 4 star .. never think about good average movie
    ranbir rock its one time watchable movie go for it !!!!!!

  28. yakuza please answer my question soon about collections of ddd

  29. @ sam its sure you hate bachachans .. but we loves him and loves gr8 cinema as paa rocks

  30. agree with u sam

  31. Firat Day First Show – Majority liked the movie

  32. yakuzaa what is first week collection of paa nd second week collection of DDD????????????????????????

  33. But the high point of the film are the punchy dialogues and the handful of scenes which touch your heart with their had-enough-of-dishonesty, let’s-be-good-now India, feel.

  34. Masand review : 3.5/5

  35. I watched Rocket Singh on my machine yesterday. I didn’t find much substance in the movie. There is no power in the story. Screen play is not that good as well. I am still trying to understand why some one like shimit carried awau y with such a story without raising any questions.

    I don’t know how Ranbeer signed such a film!!!

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