In this out-and-out commercial film, what stands out most is the lead pair's freshness.
There's something about a fresh jodi on screen. Most of the time, their fates depends on how the audience receives them on their first film. In this game of hit and miss, many stars have fizzled out over the years. With Knock Out, debutants Shoaib and Kinni passed the test. Maybe not with flying colours, but with enough honest efforts that deserves appreciation.
The plot of the film, however, is not very original. Sunny Roy (Shoaib Khan) is an unsuccessful entertainment reporter of a TV channel, who rides a red scooter (nicknamed Bhola) and harbors a secret desire of becoming a crime reporter. Ruhi Sen (Kinni) a girl from Siliguri, becomes the winner of a beauty contest, Miss Bangla International. Being the only daughter of a popular politician Bikramjit Sen (Rajesh Sharma), her life is sheltered. Winning the beauty contest makes it more suffocating. In a bid to achieve freedom and being her own woman, Ruhi slips off her hotel and roams around Kolkata. After an interlude at a night club, she barges in Sunny's bachelor residence in a drunken haze. Sunny, who earlier failed to attend Ruhi's press conference, gets elated after discovering her in his home. She promises him an exclusive interview. In the meantime, Ruhi's father, who was annoyed with her participation in beauty pageant, summons her home so that he can marry her off. Ruhi fails in giving him the interview, for which Sunny loses his job. After listening to her plight of freedom, they forge a friendship and to escape Ruhi's father's men, fly to Thailand. While they start to fall in love, their followers catch up with them. After a lot of dishoom dishoom and tearful scenes, what happens is anybody's guess.
In this out-and-out commercial film, what stands out most is the lead pair's freshness. Though Shoaib needs to work on his body language and diction, he can be the next chocolate boy in Tolly. Kinni has some weight issues and sometimes becomes saccharine sweet, still she looks innocent enough to be endearing. Rajesh Sharma is an asset of this film. As a politician and Ruhi's father, he manages shades of black and white with equal aplomb.
But the film is not devoid of glitches. The direction went overboard with the comic scenes. So much so that most of the scenes get irritating after a while. Secondly, the music of the film is disappointing. The songs are shot well, but are completely forgettable. Moreover, the scene where Ruhi breaks rule for the first time, the background music sounds uncannily like the prelude of the song Aashiayaan from Barfi! This doesn't go well for the music director.