The jodi of actor Sunny Deol and director Anil Sharma is back for a fourth time with Singh Saab The Great and the duo has tried to give the audience an earnest film. Though the story could have been tighter, Sunny paaji’s action avatar makes up for it
Director Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol have delivered three hit films together so far – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and Apne. And we can safely say that they are back with a bang with Singh Saab The Great. The movie is about an honest collector Saranjit Singh Talwar (Sunny Deol) who believes in doing the right thing and does so till he is transferred to Bhadori – a small town in Uttar Pradesh. This is when Bhoodev Singh (Prakash Raj), the baddie in the film, comes into the picture. While Saranjit believes in the power of truth, Bhoodev thinks the ultimate power is money. Like any politician, Bhoodev is corrupt, powerful and does every wrong thing possible. But Saranjit gets in his way each time to make things tough for him. In their fight, it is Saranjit’s wife (Uravashi Rautela) who bears the brunt of the enmity and dies. Things take a turn for the worse when the Bhadori collector is accused of bribery and is jailed. Seven years later Saranjit, with a help of his cop friend manages to get out of jail and changes his identity. Now he is known as Singh Saab, whose motto is not ‘badla’, but ‘badlav’. But does he manage to change society and most importantly, Bhoodev Singh? Watch the film to find out.
What’s good about Singh Saab The Great?
Without a doubt, it has to be Sunny Deol’s performance. Even though he is in his late ‘50s, Sunny still manages to do action sequences amazingly well. His dhai kilo ka haath yet again entertains us…and how! He is one actor who actually makes action stunts look believable. Another highlight of the film is its dialogue. An angry Sunny mouthing dhansoo lines like ‘Bali hamesha bakre ki di jaati hai, sher ki nahi’ is a treat to watch. And though the story could have been more crisp, I enjoyed watching it coz there is different atmosphere when you enter a Sunny Deol film. It’s like watching a cricket match. Every time Mr Deol fights or says a dhamaakedar line, the audience goes crazy and claps and whistles. That’s what made my experience enjoyable. Besides Sunny, Prakash Raj has delivered a solid performance. In fact, he gives worthy takkar to the ultimate action hero. His scenes with Sunny Deol are to watch out for. They make a perfect hero-villain jodi!
Amrita Rao as a journalist does well. Urvashi Rautela has nothing much to do in the film and after a point you forget why she is there at all…and then she is dead. Johny Lever makes you laugh in places.
What’s bad about Singh Saab The Great?
The most important thing: the story. While Anil Sharma’s concept is good, he fails to execute it properly. Also, the love angle between Sunny and Urvashi doesn’t fit into the plot seamlessly. The film gets boring in between, though never when Sunny is in the frame. Apart from the title track sung by Sonu Nigam and his sister Teesha Nigam, none of the other songs are too appealing. There is an item number too, but the only thing which makes that tolerable is Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj’s dancing. It fun to watch them, trust us!
Singh Saab The Great is a typical Sunny Deol film and if you are a fan of the actor, you wouldn’t mind watching it. If you want to watch a film with your family that isn’t a remake, is full of action and has plenty of drama, this one is perfect.
PS: It was nice to see so many old people in the theatre. A rare sight these days, considering the kinds of films that are being made, hai na?
Reviewed by Namrata Thakker
**** Very good