Statutory Warning: Singh is Bliing is no attempt to make great cinema, or get your grey matter ticking...
If you've followed Prabhudeva's work then the blueprint for this film shouldn't be difficult to comprehend. This Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson starrer is a good looking blinged out version of Singh is King. Everything is amplified. The jokes are louder, the music is more bass, the clothes have enough color to fill up a Holi scene, and there are enough slapstick situation and gags to last a season of a stand up comedy show.
What’s it about:
Akshay Kumar plays Raftaar Singh, a buffoon and a sort of caricature oh himself. He doesn't speak in English, hates taking anything seriously, has a serious affinity towards landing himself in trouble and has a thing for babes in bikinis. The story begins in Punjab, jumps to Romania, South Africa, Goa, giving us some eye catchy locales and beautiful frames. Amy Jackson plays Sara, the antithesis of Akshay. She not only speaks fluent English, but is capable of getting herself out of every tricky situation by kicking some ass. The two meet, there are a couple of funny romantic scenes and we get a backstory of Amy trying to find her long lost mom. Kay Kay Menon plays the worst written baddie in recent times. Akshay and Amy who can't speak each other's languages converse through the help of an interpreter played by Lara Dutta, who also has the best written scenes in the film. There are plenty of songs, fight scenes and gags to keep you occupied, depending on your palette for movies you will be entertained or appalled.
What works for the film are the scenes with Lara, Akshay and Amy. The whole Mind Your Language and Lost in Translation moments between these three provide ample comic relief. Lara and Akshay have an impeccable comic timing and play off each other's energies. The writing is fresh and some dialogues genuinely funny. Also the songs are shot lavishly and look rich. Sunny Leone's cameo comes as a pleasant surprise. Lara makes a spectacular comeback, making us wonder why we don't see more of her. Please someone cast her in a TV remake of I Love Lucy.
On the flip side, we have seen a few of these funny scenes and gags in previous Prabhudeva films. His unnecessary cameo moment in a men's restroom sort of gives us a glimpse of the 'toilet' humour he's come to master. Amy looks smashing but doesn't have much to do except look angry or sad. We wish there were more scenes between her and Akshay where they could talk without subtitles or any interpretation.
What to do:
Singh is Bliing is entertaining if you don't go expecting evolved humour. Some really funny scenes with Lara Dutta and Akshay Kumar make this film engaging and watchable.
3.0 out of 5
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