Introduction: Singham released today to a mixed response, the single screens were packed and the multiplexes were half empty. Clearly, the Ajay Devgan starrer is targeted at the masses. Directed by Rohit Shetty (director of Golmaal movies), Singham follows the new trend of remaking Tamil films, that started when Ghajini struck gold at the box office. The original, with the same title, featured Tamil actor Suriya and Anushka Shetty. Rohit though has just retained the story and changed about 70% of the film.
Story: Bajirao Singham (Devgan) is a honest village police officer, with no cases registered at his station. Reason? He solves most of the cases himself. He’s a quintessential Bollywood hero – has a heart of pure gold and fights like a lion. The film is all about his epic clash with Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj), a criminal who aspires to be a politician.
Movie Review: If you enjoyed watching Wanted or Dabangg – stop reading – go watch the film. Singham is an out-an-out action masala film – the hero flexes his muscles every 5 minutes with unrealistically shot action sequences, tries to go against a politician who makes his life hell, saves the damsel in distress, sings a couple of songs with her and finally wins without shedding a drop of sweat.
Heavily inspired from Ajay’s own Gangaajal and Rajkumar Santoshi’s Khakee, Singham is a decent one-time watch. But the film has absolutely nothing new to offer. More than the director and the actors, the real hero of the film is the action-director Jai Singh Nijjar.
Performances: Singham belongs to Prakash Raj who is absolutely brilliant, one of the best actors in the country undoubtedly. Ajay Devgan like always is fantastic, but certainly lacks Salman’s charisma and screen presence. Kajal Aggarwal looks pretty. The other actors do well.
Conclusion: Singham has nothing new to offer, but if you have time to kill this weekend, be rest assured that you wouldn’t walk out too disappointed.Rating: