Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year movie

Ranbir Kapoor adds another interesting movie to his kitty. He will play the role of a Sikh salesman in Yash Raj’s Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year.The movie will be scripted and directed by the writer-director duo of Chak De! India, Jaideep Sahni and Shimit Amin.

Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year
will be released in December 2009.

The movie is said to be a comic take on life in the times of recession.

This is good news for Jaideep Sahni and Shimit Amin fans like me.

Jaideep Sahni is the scriptwriter of Company, Bunty Aur Babli, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Chak De! India, and Aaja Nachle.

In nearly all of his films he has brought across a poignant understanding of the middle class and small town India.

Of all of his movies, Aaja Nachle was completely panned, but I thought the movie was well-scripted and directed.

It was supposed to be Madhuri Dixit’s “comeback” movie, and it was heartening to see that she was cast as a 40-year-old single mother, closer to her age, and not in roles essayed by the Katrinas or Rani Mukherjees.

The main reason the movie tanked was because it was Madhuri’s “comeback film” and most expected it to be some sort of grand spectacle, not the small town story that it was.

Shimit Amin has directed the 2004 Ab Tak Chhappan, which got him critical acclaim, and the 2007 Chak De! India that got him both critical acclaim and a huge box office success.

It will be interesting to see how Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year shapes up. We haven’t seen a realistic tongue-in-cheek comedy like Khosla Ka Ghosla in a long time, except for the recent Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, so Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year should be welcome.

Ranbir Kapoor, who had a very shaky acting debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, has done well with his 2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno.

He will be seen next in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Wake Up Sid, and Rajniti, in 2009.


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