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Friday, July 22, 2011 3:55:48 PM (IST)  

Movie Review: Singham – Lots of Masala, and Ajay Devgn

Anitha S
Daijiworld Media Network - Entertainment

Rating: 2/5


Mangalore, Jul 22: Director Rohit Shetty had warned that 'Singham' would be an out and out masala movie. And that’s what it is. You can safely leave your brains behind, and enjoy the action-packed good-versus-evil drama without bothering too much about it, or getting bothered by it.


The Plot

The movie is high on action, as expected, and even higher on drama. It opens with the story of inspector Kadam of Colva police station in Goa who is falsely accused of corruption, which leads him to suicide. A typical Bollywood scene follows, with his wife Megha Kadam (Sonali Kulkarni) threatening the villain with the same old “Insaaf to ab wo karega!” with a passionate flourish of the hand at the Almighty. Yeesh.

Enter Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn), dipped in a pond and praying fervently, amidst the beating of drums. The title song of the movie is shot Jeetendra-style, but what is worse is the sports ground where middle-aged saree-clad women dance to a spirited Singham track. The ‘lion’ action in the dance sequence is almost funny.

Anyway, let’s move on. Bajirao Singham is an upright, daring, politicians-my-foot kind of cop, who enjoys the support of the entire village of Shivgad. He has an unconventional style of working - he is the money-lender-cum-saviour-cum-family man, who has the uncanny knack of being omnipresent on his Bullet Electra. He is the ‘son of the soil’ who bashes up 20 gundas at one go and comes out unscathed with not even a small cut, the village boss who dishes out punishments as he wishes, a prince charming who saves a damsel in distress (Kajal Agarwal, who else?).

Enter Jayakant Shikre (Prakash Raj), a don in Goa (who was earlier threatened with God’s insaaf by Megha Kadam). He has the entire Goa in his pocket, right from the ministers to the chai wala in the Colva police station. His favourite pass time is kidnapping rich kids and killing them if their fathers refuse to pay up. He is the source of all evil in Goa, but is so powerful that no one can touch him. A prospective minister-in-the-making, he finally meets his match in Singham (again, who else?), when he is forced to go to Shivgad for a sign, amidst another dose of high drama and a lot of dialogue-baazi.

The real action begins post-intermission, after Singham gets transferred to Goa and comes face to face with the evil doers in the city. All of a sudden, Singham is promoted from solving petty problems in the village to encountering gun-flashing goons and a corrupt system, all running on Shikre’s fingertips. The minister, DCP and everybody else are ‘sold’, but thankfully, there are a few policemen like Singham who believe in righteousness, and soon, it is Singham versus Shikre tussle.

What follows is a series of attempts to outwit and intimidate each other, with a lot of high-flying dialogues thrown in. The encounters between Shikre and Singham oscillate between the intense and the funny, and some of the dialogues which are meant to be serious actually make you giggle. Take this for instance: “Kutton ki jhoond jitni bhi badi ho, unke liye ek sher hi kaafi hai.” Singham gives repeated reminders of the emblems of lion in the police vardi, which later inspires the DGP to at last take action against Shikre. The climax has the entire police force jammed into Shikre’s drawing room, with a chase to follow (and yes, an overweight don actually manages to run faster than the 20 police cars behind him).


The Movie

The movie is centred around action, which, to say the least, is too much to handle. Gravity-defying moments are many, with cars and people flying all over the place. With just one hit from Singham on the head, a goon bounces off the floor twice, and he can even pull out a man mid air from a car and bash him up. Nevertheless, they are quite enjoyable and you will not be bored.

What works for the movie is the background score. The title track, played at apt moments, adds to the intensity of the scenes. Songs pop up all of a sudden, all shot in the stereotyped Bollywood way with lots of colour.

The best part of the movie, for Mangaloreans at least, was a full-fledged scene shot in Tulu. No surprises here, director Rohit Shetty being a Mangalorean. Sunil Shetty is known to throw in Tulu in his movies, but in ‘Singham’ Rohit Shetty goes a step further by actually making an attempt to introduce Tulu as a language of Mangalore. Needless to add, the entire scene was wholeheartedly applauded, enjoyed and cheered by the Mangalore audience, though perhaps Shetty could have done without the needless jibes from the hawaldar.


Performances

Ajay Devgn is back in action, no doubt. He has played his character with all the grit and power it requires, and one cannot imagine anybody else playing the role. His persona overpowers you at times, and he is at his best when he is most angry. Playing the romantic shy-guy is just not for him.

Kajal Agarwal is average, and sometimes a bit too hyper. Ashok Saraf as the hawaldar is quite outstanding. Prakash Raj as the eccentric villain is funny, not so intimidating, and sometimes over-the-top.


Verdict

The movie is basically about an upright cop fighting a corrupt system. There have been many films on the same theme, and nothing about ‘Singham’ really makes it any different from them. Singham transforms the entire police force from being a doormat of politicians to becoming servants of the public in the real sense of the word. It may not inspire you to great deeds, but will keep you entertained, provided you are a fan of action movies and Ajay Devgn in particular.



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Comments on this article
habib, chennai
Friday, August 19, 2011

hi iam also ajay devgn very big fan when his started his carrier first debut movie phool aur khatian and now singham i must say no dout ajay devgn one of top class actor in bollywood no dout becoz of not iam ajay fan becoz the the whole bollywood agreed sharuk say in one award function is ajay devgn his fantasti actor and his beeat ever actor who act with him like ajay beeat akshay in khakee ajay beeat salman in hddcs amair in ishq becoz that time ajay not doing comedy flim so his given his best and both actor given best act in flim and singham ajay just rockkkkkkkkkk i love the movie and watching again again and this time ajay beeat salman tow waste movies daabaang and ready hastoff u devgn

Spark, Mangalore
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Good entertaining movie. This movie must be dedicated to all the sincere police officers and to the corrupted police officers to come out of politics and serve the people in unity.

Regarding Tulu language, Rohit Shetty has made an attempted to encourage Tulu language. But in a wrong way. Like how in Oriyardori Asal Vijaykumar Kodialbail has potrayed - Tulunad has both good and bad. That was the right way. But here, he has only portrayed the bad views. He should consider this next time when he gets such things into action. It hurts the feelings of viewers.

About this review, it's totally written in a negative way. Anything written includes "same old way" etc. A quick suggestion while you write reviews. Please do not include the climax in your reviews. While the movie makers make such an effort to make a movie and you include the climax in the review, who will have the enthusiasm to watch the movie when they know the end?

A good movie, hope corruption gets out of our nation inch by inch.

sanjay , satna
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

superb... is a good movie i like, kajal so good , aajay act also good.

sanjay , satna
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

ajay also better action hero, he play the singham, nice actor of bollywood. superb... is a good movie i like, kajal so good

Rajesh, Udupi, Dubai
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Looking for entertainment only, give this film a shot. Good performance from Ajay, Prakash & Saraf. But liked Zindagi na... even more as it made me think

brijesh, Lucknow
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ajay is the best and mind blowing movie singham

Priya Rajpal, Pune
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mast movie after so many days a gud story and gud action movie has been rlzd. Thanks Shetty Sir u r always best .And Ajay u r also D best

bijay hari khadka, okhaldhunga,nepal
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Singham is no doubt blockboster so i request rohit and ajay to make the sequel of this movie with new plot like upcoming don 2.Plz arrange dashing song and light dance for ajay.

deepu, Raipur
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Singham is a very nice action movie of ajay he is a best actor and singham is a fantastic movie.watch it in this site:http://www.watch-hindi-movies.com/

deepu, Raipur
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Singham is a very nice action movie of ajay he is a best actor and singham is a fantastic movie.

Shekhar S, Mumbai
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This is good entertainment movie. The who like only Khan's movie will never appreciate other movies.Just enjoy the movie.

diljit, jammu
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

awesome movie

pankaj kumar sinha, muzaffarpur
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

superb......is a good movie Hats off to Ajay devgn & his acting.

Shivraj, Pune
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" is not for even single time watch :( Very boring and paisa dub jayega movie.
Singham had done 700,000,000 Rs in 4 Days :)

praveen dsouza, kateel, kuwait
Monday, July 25, 2011

no good movie try next time rohit

shivprasad , Dubai
Monday, July 25, 2011

He He He Rahul..its Gangajal....NOT Ganjajal

Salim, Udupi
Saturday, July 23, 2011

its a typical south indian masala movie.

Ajmal, Ghaziabad
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Awesome movie....must watch for at least 2 times !

JAVED, MANGALORE
Saturday, July 23, 2011

superb... is a good movie i like it paisa wasool hai

arif bava, kaup / Abu dhabi
Saturday, July 23, 2011

shiva hagde, ur totally wrong, here tulu is not promoted, there is one character (police constable) who mocked tulu badly, tulu language have its own identity and history no need to promote like this manner, really hurted.

shiva hegde, mangalore
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dear all,I work for Reliance Ent and worked on this movie,there is no direct abuse on kannadigas.People have corelated.I am sure Rohit loves kannadigas,shooting was also done in Karnataka.He has promoted tulu not mocked.

HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Double dhamaal and Zindagi na..., better than Singham.

Nishith Shetty, Sujeer/movie
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Its an Good Movie for 1 Time watch!!

Good action similar to Dabang...

Hats off To Prakash Rai & His acting. But Karnataka People & Tulu Lasnguage has been Potrayed Lightly .

I guess that Dialogue will Conflict atleast In Karnataka.


Ganesh, Mangaladevi, Mangalore
Friday, July 22, 2011

I think people don't. know where to fight and when to fight.
Every where corrupt officer making huge money - corrupt learder fooling people, swamy nitya, reddy, yeddy. but people are calm.
why for simple reason people are fighting.
My Dear Friends to creat problem is very easy but - solve the problem is very difficult.
if there is any thing wrong pls. forgive. u should have faith in God.
for simple reason don't. waste time.
if u have time go and visit hospital, go and visit jail, go and visit old age- there many people want help. " people want money for major operation, instead of wasting time here, better save life. if u think u like Karnataka pls. stop this and try to bring peace in Karnataka.

Sadiq Dubai, Manglore/Dubai
Friday, July 22, 2011

ROHIT, ACTION MOVIE IS NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA. Pls Stick with comidy movie. Kajol Agarval(heroin)may more suit Rajanikath than Ajay Devagan.

arif bava, kaup / Abu dhabi
Friday, July 22, 2011

Worst movie, Being Manglorien/Tuluva Prakash Rai, Rohit Shetty both are responsible mocking of Manglorien/tulu language. I will request all to boycott "SINGHAM".

Lancelot N. Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar
Friday, July 22, 2011

If you can't digest the Singham movie, better take chiumgum, Current Generation doesn't like these type of masala old style movie.

Rahul, mumbai
Friday, July 22, 2011

It is same patern movie like Ganjajal

Torris, Mangalore
Friday, July 22, 2011

Singham is a good movie . Anybody who understands the basics will enjoy this movie .

morrisdgr8, M'lore
Friday, July 22, 2011

Better go and watch "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" twice ! I don't know why people waste their money in making such movies like Singam!!movie makers still beleive that "movie goers are ideots"

 
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