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Singham – movie review

A hard core action film with a universal appeal


Singham - movie review

Singham is a hard core action film, an action film like no other with a universal appeal and has something to take home for everyone. It is a remake of the 2010 Tamil film Singam featuring Suriya and Anushka Shetty and directed by Hari.

In recent times even as action movies have gained immense popularity amongst cine goers there is a void for earthy action films with elements of heroism, idolism, machismo and valor.

Among the things which work in favour of this film doesn’t have any item numbers like what is in vogue in every other Bollywood film. Exciting are the scenes where Bajirao Singham confronts the villain Jaikant Shirke every time.

Singham is a loud melodramatic film about an upright cop who is cornered by a power-crazed criminal who runs unlawful businesses like kidnapping, ransom in the guise of being a respectable citizen.

The story begins in a Goa city Police Station with an honest young policeman shoots himself in the head out of sheer frustration when he is falsely hauled up for corruption. This cop was wrongly framed by the local don Jaikant Shikre (Prakash Raj).

In Shivgad, a small village on the border of Maharashtra and Goa, Inspector Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) fights against injustice, prejudice and corruption using his own brand of ethics and justice. Inspector Singham settles every dispute in his town with his words of wisdom, even financially aids the defaulter and resorts to force only when the situation demands it.

When Kavya (Kaajal Aggarwal) comes from Goa to visit her grandparents, she is charmed by Bajirao’s bold and courageous demeanor.

Everything seems to be smooth-running until the city based extortionist Jaikant Shikre (Prakash Raj), is required to travel personally to Shivgad to sign a conditional bail for the next two weeks. On the first day, Jaikant sends one of his henchmen to sign in his place.

An angry Bajirao Singham demands that Jaikant come in person for the signature and thus Jaikant is humiliated.

Destiny sets up the honest and diligent police inspector against the tremendously powerful criminal cum politician Jaykant Shikre. Jaykant’s manipulations ensure that Singham is promoted and transferred to Goa.

Little does Singham know that while this move will bring him closer to Kavya, it will also deliver him into the clutches of Jaykant. Because Goa is the place where Jaykant rules supreme. And Jaykant has vowed to make Singham’s life a living nightmare.

Alone in enemy territory, Singham must now rise to his toughest challenge – hold on to his principles and destroy the all powerful enemy.

Singham has high-voltage stunts where the director fully exploits the concept of the cinematic liberties which is prevalent even in Hollywood. It is a powerful action-emotional drama with powerful dialogues and absolutely power-packed performances. It is a fight against corruption and there is liberal use of Marathi in dialogues.

Ajay Devgn fits into his role of an upright cop. Kajal Agarwal is fine enough. Prakash Raj has something in him which livens up the screen when the good guy meets the bad guy. Ajay is convincing and underplays at times while gets the dialogues which fetches him whistles from the crowds. After a long time such frenzy was witnessed in the cinema halls.

Singham is full of unrealistic action, but it is depicted in such a way, that momentarily it appears convincing. This is the only drawback apart from the romantic songs which seemed unwanted in this action thriller. There are several high moments during the scenes where Singham’s path crosses that of the handsome gang-lord. It is full entertainment – Bollywood style.

Cast of Singham:
Ajay Devgn – Bajirao Singham
Kajal Aggarwal – Kavya Bhosle
Prakash Raj – Jaikant Shikre
Ashok Saraf – Prabhu Bhawalkar
Sachin Khedekar – Gautam Bhosle/Gotiya
Suchitra Bandekar – Mrs. Bhosle
Murli Sharma – DSP Patkar
Sudhanshu Pandey – Inspector Rakesh Kadam
Sonali Kulkarni – Megha Kadam
Govind Namdeo – Manikrao Singham
Ankur Nayyar – Inspector Abbas
Credits & Crew of Singham:
Produced by Reliance Entertainment
Directed by Rohit Shetty
Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal
Music by Ajay-Atul
Background Music – Amar Mohile
Cinematography Dudley
Editing by Steven H. Bernard
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Art Direction – Narendra Rahurikar
Costume Design – Vikram Phadnis, Navin Shetty
Assistant Director – Surender Dhavle
Sound Department – Subir Kumar Das
Singham – movie review