SINGHAM REVIEW: When Ajay Devgn channelled Rajinikanth

Fri, July 22, 2011 1:45pm UTC by 36 Comments
SINGHAM REVIEW: When Ajay Devgn channelled Rajinikanth

It’s got the right dose of every emotion essential for entertainment, but it’s chock-full of clichés and fast becoming a diet that palls

Rohit Shetty’s Singham is about an honest, diligent and righteous cop, Bajirao Singham, a Maratha, played by the robust looking Ajay Devgn (sorry Salman, right now the Devgn dude boasts of a better body!). He has a happy existence in a small town called Shivgad, located between the borders of Karnataka and Goa. Singham resolves the local people’s fights and differences over a cup of chai and conversation. He is the fave man of every Shivgad resident.

But what is a man without a woman, our filmmakers ask, as always. So along comes Kavya (played by the young and pretty south actor Kajal Aggarwal), the lady who literally stalks Singham and corners him, making him fall in love with her. And the work-happy cop is delighted to be chased by a beautiful girl. To create ripples in Singham’s blissful life, an egoistic and self-obsessed goon from Goa – Jaikanth Shikre (played by a well-known bad man in the south, Prakash Raj, who was also seen in Wanted) – arrives to stir up the scene a bit.

What happens next is not out of the ordinary. Transfers, confrontations, humiliations, frustrations, helplessness, politics, redemption – writer Yunus Sajawal uses all tricks in his well-thumbed book to take his screenplay forward. It’s a pacy-racy one, but all too predictable and over-the-top. Dialogue writers Farhad and Sajid, who have become a favourite with Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn, manage to come up with some punchy and funny dialogues, too. But none of this is enough to sustain interest in a routine cop-and-goon story.

Comparisons to Salman Khan’s Dabangg are unavoidable; but Ajay’s Singham is a far more serious man and more justified in his manic rampage of punching goons and politicos. Both are the ultimate saviours for humankind, with each having a unique way of going about it. Dabangg and Singham glorify their cop, almost making them appear like superheroes.

Since it is a Rohit Shetty film, you get to watch cars being blown up, sidekicks being beaten up and a wonderfully desi version of Matrix-style action. It is almost hilarious to watch Ajay pull out the driver from a flying car or get off a running car and shoot people. But, well, it’s entertainment: you see what’s not believable. It is an action flick, so the camera rolls slowly when the men are being punched or cars are being blown up. But we’d prefer that the camera made some love to the so-not-in-love couple Ajay and Kajal. The two sing love songs and have their intimate moments, but it’s a lacklustre romance. Salman-Sonakshi had better sizzle in Dabangg.

When it comes to acting, award-winning Prakash Raj does a fab job. This new bad man in Bollywood is one to watch out for. He effortlessly transforms from a powerful gangster-turned-politician to a weak and comical man struggling to save himself from Singham. Ajay is competent. He looks good, acts well and fights like a hero. But maybe he should have avoided mouthing dialogues in Marathi or asked wifey for more assistance than he got from her for his diction. South import Kajal tries hard to make her presence felt, but all she does is add glamour and give the audience a chance to step out of the auditorium for a break. The rest of the cast includes some well-known actors – Ashok Saraf, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Govind Namdeo and Anant Jog. But this is an Ajay Devgn film all the way, so there’s little for anyone else to do.

Singham has everything right, from the action to the actors to the drama to the screenplay to the dialogue to the background score, but it’s all too very clichéd. So if you enjoy the Rajinikanth or Salman ‘Dabangg’ Khan kind of action films and have the hots for Ajay Devgn, you should not miss this one over the weekend.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • GOUTAM

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  • tirupati

    Ajay Devgan’s Singham Is Super!

  • VIKAS YADAV

    singham is the best

  • arpit arora

    Chottu met Amitabh Bachchan in his office,jagannath.

    Amitabh sir support cause based film. . .

    I AM KALAM :)

  • nikhil

    total typical ajay devgan like film…… superhitt

  • chandrashekar patil

    ajay devgun super performens

  • Nitin Dewangan

    Ajay’s roll is very enthusiastic but i think the movie are inspired from south actions lastly the roll of ajay in G3 was also appriciated by many people. Kajal is also looking very smart rather than her looks in south but in future the demand for kajal in bollywood will also appriciable

  • kamalmeena

    bollywood hero are nice

  • smital mistry

    ajay devgun super star

  • tirupati

    It has Blockbuster written all over it!

    THE LION WILL CONTINUE TO ROAR HOPEFULLY!!!

  • Deepak With Music

    HI
    This is outstanding.about this read”DEEPAK WITH MUSIC”my blog and can me mail on”DWDEEPAKDW@GMAIL.COM”

  • vidit

    hiii….

  • kushvendra

    ajay devgn superstar…….

  • sabhith

    Ajay devgan like a lion in the movie (singam=lion) very good movie , watch it, kajal very cute.

  • Rohit Gaur

    ye gaon mera hai aur mein is gaon ka jaikant sikre(rajnikant).
    ho gyi na patloon gili abhi k abhi…………. mst movie hai yr

  • vasu

    outstanding movie

    • riyaz ahmed

      ya .. its a very outstanding movie ajay devgan super actor and its film his great show actting.

  • suraj

    1 no film .

  • sharif

    mast film hai…………..

  • Dhananjay

    best movie Ajay rock

  • srujan

    singham really rocks
    ajay was superb and kajal was awesome..

  • krishna

    1 no bhava.

  • BHUVANESH

    MARATHA ROCK IN THE MOVIE………………

    ALL MARATHA CAST SUPPORTS THE MOVIE
    THANK YOU DEAR ROHIT SHETTY SIR FOR MARATHA CAST ADDEd in MOVIE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Deepak Dandekar

    khup chan pictur aahe.“““““““““““““““““““`

  • krishnanand

    outstanding performance of ajay…… gud movie….

  • samadhan sanap

    AJAY ALWAYS ROCKS & ROARS… HE IS BIG SUPER STAR & HE DOES ALWAYS EXCELLENT FROM STARTING …I DON’T HAVE PHRASES FOR HIS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE …ALL THE BEST….

  • MUNEES

    SINGAM FLIM IS VERY GOOD,KAJAL IS SWEETY GIRL

    • moresantosh

      thank you

      • Helen Robert D’souza

        Ajay devghan was too good actor, story of Singham presented filmi, no one in the police force there like singham, film wanted is also a nice film and one can be there, to manage that kind like salman is possible.

  • siddhesh

    not good

  • muzaffar shah

    singham is very good movies this year best movie awatd singham

  • muzaffar shah

    singham is very good movies this year best movie awatd singham

    ajay devgan is best rool salman khan ki wanted se buhat acchi hai kahgi zada aachi movies hai sinhgam

  • namdev

    singham

  • Prajwol

    Ajay rocks with Singham so superb movie. Best hero’s best movie. No one actor of hindi cinema.

  • Helen Robert D’souza

    Singham is a good movie, Ajay Devgan too was too good but do you think anyone in the police force can find one like Singham? Wanted somehow possible.

  • Helen Robert D’souza

    To watch this film again and again gives lot of entertainment. Fir bhi Singham jaisa koi hai ? If there one, please inform me, I want to meet that policewala.


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