Rocket Singh- Salesman Of The Year is the story of a salesman who is trying hard to persuade companies to buy computers. Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) has just graduated with the lowest-possible marks. But that does not stop him from dreaming of an exciting and adventurous career of a salesman. He takes a deep, positive breath and dives into that world, rumoured to be ultra cool career for all smart people blocked from entering medical, engineering or business schools by brainless entrance exams. It’s everything he dreamt of, with its smooth dressing, smoother talking men and women who can sell ice to an Eskimo, dreams to an insomniac, and a lifetime mobile connection to a dying man. But soon, his idea of success begins clashing with the strange ways of these ‘professionals’ he looked up to.
Shimit Amin’s Rocket Singh-Salesman Of The Year starts on a high note but twenty minutes into the movie and one can already feel the narrative being dragged. What makes this movie mundane and boring? The actors can not be faulted, because almost all the actors have performed marvellously. It is the story that is blah – nothing special; a regular story of a salesman – faced with targets, commission, lies, corruption and competition and so on. The attempt has been to make a true to life film. There is no drama, no twists and turns. The way Ranbir’s life has been shown as a down to earth middle class salesman living in a simple house stands out. But, that is also the drawback of the film, depriving of glass and glamour, music and dances, romance; in fact every ingredient Yash Raj Films is known for and has capitalised on always. The first half is boring and unbearable, while the second half is only little livelier and tolerable.
Ranbir Kapoor once again manages to woo his fans with an impressive performance. He is full of conviction despite poor script. Prem Chopra as the doting grandfather is very convincing in the few scenes that he has. Naveen Kaushik (Harpreet’s immediate boss) with his sarcastic punch-lines is excellent. Gauhar Khan (Koena) in her sexy avatar is worth noticing. Also her bindaas attitude is creditable. At par with her is D. Santosh (Giri), a voyeuristic techie, who delivers his cheesy lines with ease. Newcomer Shazahn Padamsee could have been done without; her miniscule role was a waste and just stretches the movie more.
Except for one sad number, there are no songs in the film which makes it even duller. The cinematography is awesome. Detailed shots of products; with perfect timing of scenes and colourful background, Vikash Nowlakha has taken care of every small feature. Though the dialogue is witty and derisive, it still fails to impress the audiences and make them laugh.
Having opened to poor response, Rocket Singh- Salesman Of The Year is a major disappointment.