Singham – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 24, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Reliance Entertainment
DIRECTOR – Rohit Shetty
WRITER – Yunus Sajawal
CAST – Ajay Devgn, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj
MUSIC – Ajay Gogavale, Atul Gogavale
He roars like a lion and struts around like one too. The good old days of the all-powerful, one-man army, angry young hero seem to have come back to Bollywood to stay.
Ajay Devgan plays the upright, fearless Bajirao Singham, the just and fair police officer of the idyllic Shivgad. He is the king, the judge and the benefactor, all rolled into one, of the little town. He kicks with a fury and punches with power and disseminates justice like a ruler out of the Satyug. While he is doing his duty he even finds a pretty young thing (a little too perky Kajal Aggarwal) to prance around and fall in love with. All is happy till he crosses path with the big bad villain of the big bad city. Jayram Shikre (A dashing Prakash Raj) rules Goa city with a stony terror reign just as Singham does his little town with steely honesty. Singham is transferred to the city so that Shikre can take his revenge. Singham finds a bigger cause to fight there and fight he does in all glory. The forces of good and evil clash, making for the pot-boiler-est Hindi film since, well, Dabangg.
Also, just like Dabangg, Singham is a remake of a Tamil film of the same name. Its action is hence, high-octane and so is its pulse. Its morals are straight-forward and motivations simplistic. It rejoices in the sweat-drenched, taut muscles of its hero as he bashes twenty men at the same time and reforms a whole army of policemen with an impassioned speech. The film tries to bring in a contrast between rural and urban ethics and carries its hero as a human through the whole journey but ultimately having him make the choice of cleaning up the system. Of course, its up to him after all!
The film is entirely populist, catering to our numbed with corruption sensibilities and providing trigger happy extreme solutions. It is feel good all the way and owes nothing to realism or logic and does it with swashbuckling style winning enough for us not to miss either.
Ajay Devgan shines through the role of the toughie with equal parts style, charisma and vulnerability. His muscles ripple adequately and his voice thunders menacingly. He sashays onto the scene with aplomb and bashes the goons heartlessly, looking every inch the lion his name calls him out to be. In his first of a kind all-powerful role, Ajay Devgan makes you root for him and Singham, as he portrays the iron-clad police officer with amazing conviction. He is well-matched by Prakash Raj, whose histrionics range the whole gamut of hysteria to comic to uber-dynamic. His personality is towering and his charisma appealing. He throws himself into the extreme role with heartening confidence and even if what he is required to do is too old-world or Tollywood-ish, he combines with Ajay Devgan to give what we went for, total paisa vasool.