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Bollywood gets a Salman Khan 'Kick' in theaters

There are few predictable things in India, but one of them is movies starring action hunk Salman Khan. One of Bollywood's three big bankable Khans, he's got blockbuster down to a solid formula: pummel bad guys with bare hands, grumble punchy one-liners and take off shirt to riotous applause. To cushion things even more, his release Kick is out for Eid, an Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and also one of India's biggest movie weekends.

Khan plays a guy named Devil in this remake of a 2009 Telugu-language flick by the same name (although the Tollywood protagonist was more sensibly named). What does Devil like to do? Anything for a thrill — or a "kick" out of life, including walking in front of trains. Devil's morals (does someone named Devil have any?) are a little fuzzy and so is the plot, but it seems he's trying to evade police and deal with a bigger "devil" while keeping a romance alive. No pressure.

Rounding up the backup cast of love interests and antagonists are an actor of highly questionable skills, Miss Sri Lanka 2006 Jacqueline Fernandez, and two of high critical acclaim: Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who visited Tampa for the International Indian Film Academy Awards as a best supporting actor nominee.

Kick, with English subtitles, opens Friday at Tampa's Veterans 24.

Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer

   
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