Singham is one more addition to the list of masala entertainers like Wanted and Dabangg. This Rohit Shetty direction also has a larger than life hero Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn), who knocks off 50 villains with just one punch. Going back to where they started (Phool Aur Kaante and Zameen) Rohit and Ajay have successfully got back to the action genre after a series of successful comedy flicks. The film is a remake of the Tamil hit Singham starring Suriya.
We would like to brush up all rumours about Singham being an adaption of Dabangg. The only similarity one can see between the two films is that both of them has a hero-villian concept and both the protagonists, Ajay and Salman are wearing the khakhi uniform. The core story of the film is totally different and bear no resemblance to Dabangg.
The backdrop is Shivgad, a small village on the border of Maharashtra and Goa. Singham narrates the story of an honest, diligent cop Bajirao Singham, who has his own ethics and principals. He fights against injustice and prejudice in the society. In the course of time Singham lands up standing against the powerful criminal/politician Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj), challenging his morals. Story moves ahead with Jaykant trying all possible means to make Singham's life a nightmare. Singham's girlfriend Kavya (Kajal Aggarwal) and his experience with late Rakesh Kadam's family (Sonali Kulkarni) makes him realize the importance to bring a change in the system. He plans on to eradicate the root cause of all the problems, Jaykant Shikre. He fights against the villain without breaking any of the law and by by being a powerful part of it.
Though a remake, Singham works for varied reasons. The conflict between the protagonist (Ajay) and antagonist (Prakash Raj) is interestingly written. Not even one instance in the film will leave the viewers bored. The high quality dramatic scenes, the raw action and the viewpoint of the common man on the rampant corruption, fraudulent politicians and spineless goons adds up to the real feel of the film. In short, Singham entertains completely.
The film can be said as Rohit Shetty's best work till date. The director has made sure to strike the correct cord of the audience by showing a spotless hero and an evil villian. The drama and execution of the plot keep you tied up to the film. A special mention about the mind blowing desi action moves in Singham (designed by Rohit Shetty and executed by Jai Singh). The actions scenes holds the power to spine-chill the audience. Without doubt the thought of actions wouldn't have come through so clearly if Ajay wouldn't have done it so proficiently.
The fact that, in Singham the antagonist is equally powerful and mighty as the protagonist, is interesting. The finale of the film is simply outstanding. All the credits here goes to the screenplay writing of Singham (Yunus Sajawal), which solely aims at the masses. The Marathi film Natarang track by Ajay-Atul fails to strike. However, the title track sung by Sukhwinder works big time. Dudley's cinematography is eye-catchy. Farhad-Sajid's dialogues are mind blowing. Amar Mohile's effectual background score has a special position in Singham.
All good things have bad sides to it. The romance between Ajay Devgn and Kajal Aggarwal doesn't work. Infact, the songs and romance looks like a hindrance in the flow of the film. The chemistry between the two actors cannot be blamed, rather the powerful drama is what overshadows other aspect of Singham.
Singham means 'lion' and only Ajay could have enacted the attitude that a lion holds. Ajay Devgn imparts a thunderstruck performance, which alone can carry the film to the winning post. Kajal Aggarwal doesn't really gets much opportunity in the film. This cannot be called as an ideal Bollywood debut for this South film beauty. However, she delivers a quality work. Prakash Raj is marvelous. So much so that Singham can be called as Ajay and Prakash Raj film. Supporting actors like Sonali Kukarni, Ashok Saraf, Govind Namdev, Ashok Samarth, Muruli Sharma and Anant Jog give an effective performance. Sudhanshu Pandey leaves a mark in a cameo. Sachin Khedekar's comedy track doesn't work at all.
In short, Singham is a full-on masala flick that will work for Indian audience big time. The energy, drama, stunts will leave you ecstatic in you seat. All the complements for Singham goes to three pillars of the film, Ajay Devgn, Prakash Raj and director Rohit Shetty. This one is sure to roar at the box-office. It has come with a Blockbuster fate!
Cast & Crew
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj
Director: Rohit Shetty
Screenplay: Yunus Sajawal
Editing: Steven H. Bernard