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Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 December 2009 (USA)
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A story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart.

Director:

Shimit Amin

Writers:

Jaideep Sahni (dialogue), Jaideep Sahni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ranbir Kapoor ... Harpreet Singh Bedi
Prem Chopra ... P.S. Bedi
Mukesh Bhatt Mukesh Bhatt ... Chhotelal Mishra
D. Santosh D. Santosh ... Girish Reddy
Naveen Kaushik ... Nitin Rathore
Gauhar Khan ... Koena Shaikh
Manish Chaudhary ... Sunil Puri
Shazahn Padamsee ... Sherena K.
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Imtiaz Ahamed Imtiaz Ahamed ... Narayan
Kumar Amit Kumar Amit ... Shivam
Lakshya Raj Anand Lakshya Raj Anand ... Bunty
Saumya Sankar Chakraborty Saumya Sankar Chakraborty ... Accountant Gupta
Amar Choudhary Amar Choudhary ... Rajesh
Kayaan Contractor Kayaan Contractor ... Sherena's Colleague
Suumeet Darshan Suumeet Darshan ... Rumaan - double 'A' (as Sumeet Darshan Dobhal)
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Storyline

Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) has just graduated and decides to five into the world of sales for an adventurous career. But soon his idea of success begins to clash. It's the story of a fresh graduate trying to find a balance between the maddening demands of the 'professional' way, and the way of his heart - and stumbling upon a crazy way which turned his world upside down and his career right side up. Written by Official source

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

11 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tam Ve Toc Hanh: Nguoi Ban Hang Cua Nam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Yash Raj Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film didnt fare well though released when Ranbhir had given back to back hits. See more »

Quotes

Sunil Puri: I'm giving you an offer of a lifetime.
Harpreet Singh Bedi: Oh, so you sell phone cards as well?
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Connections

References Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) See more »

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Pankhon Ko
Performed by Salim Merchant
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Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is a film with all heart.
19 December 2009 | by sumanbarthakursmailboxSee all my reviews

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is a film about the importance of basic goodness. In an industry driven by opening weekends and bumper collections, it's that oddball film that seldom compromises on its intentions for the sake of becoming more box-office friendly. As a result the film feels too long, indulgent even, and ever-so-often it appears uncinematic. That's hardly surprising, considering much of the film is shot in basic office spaces and features long conversations between its characters. But don't be fooled by its appearance; Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is a film with all heart. Ranbir Kapoor plays Harpreet Singh Bedi, an idealistic young graduate who lands a sales job in a computer firm run by a boss who sets unrealistic targets for his team. His rose-tinted glasses come off early in the day as he watches receptionists being wooed for prompt appointments with busy managers, and security guards being bribed for information on rivals. For his own part, he stays strictly upright, going so far as to file a complaint against a client who wants his palm greased. That act of honesty, however, is rewarded with a demotion. Convinced that a business can be run clean, Harpreet sets up his own company within the one he works for, roping in a handful of fellow colleagues as partners. Operating honestly and diligently, this team discreetly sets up a thriving business that eventually rivals the one they work for. Meticulously written by Jaideep Sahni, the genius behind such gems as Khosla Ka Ghosla and Chak De India, the script of Rocket Singh is its real star. Seeking inspiration in real life and real people, the film avoids stereotypes and goes for characters and situations that are refreshingly familiar – the team-leader who fudges conveyance vouchers, the cut-throat competitive co-workers, the porn-surfing maintenance guy, even the promotion-seeking receptionist. Taking the cue from Sahni's script, director Shimit Amin bravely resists any temptation to glamorise the world they've set the film in, by rooting the drama in a space that is basic and without frills. An office party scene is filmed with colleagues drinking out of plastic cups, loosening their ties and dancing to songs being played out of a computer. Even the film's opening credits sequence in which the camera lovingly floats over a middle-class home's bric-a-brac is evidence of the makers' commitment to authenticity. But Rocket Singh touches a chord because it's that rare film that urges us to examine our lives and to question the rules by which we live it. It has a life-affirming quality that will appeal to every one of us who has ever hesitated before taking the easy way over the right way. The film isn't without hiccups, though. Overly long, especially in its first half, Rocket Singh suffers on account of sluggish pacing, and occasional indulgences like that unduly stretched-out confession monologue by Harpreet's boss in the film's climax. Remarkable casting has resulted in some fine performances by key players, although even the bit parts are filled out convincingly. D Santosh as the affable maintenance guy, Mukesh Bhatt as the tea-man with computer-repair skills, Naveen Kaushik as the oddly sideburned team head, and Gauhar Khan as the cutting receptionist pitch in commendable performances. Of course it's topped off by Ranbir Kapoor's compelling, effortless portrayal of Harpreet Singh Bedi. Ranbir adds the little touches that make all the difference: combing the beard, tucking in the turban, lifting the 'kada' further up his arm before dipping his hand into a bucket of wet clothes. He's an actor you can't take your eyes off. In the end, Rocket Singh is a clean, honest film with noble intentions. It requires patience to appreciate it fully, but deserves a viewing because films like this are hard to find. I am giving a thumbs up for director Shimit Amin's Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year; whatever else you do , don't miss this film.


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