Akshay Kumar broke all records with his 2008 film Singh Is Kinng and asserted his box office dominance. 7 years ago, he was a bigger star than the Number 1 star of today, Salman Khan. But today things have drastically altered. Akshay has had a hit and miss run of films lately. People have been seeing Singh Is Bliing as the sequel of Singh Is Kinng, but it is only a spiritual successor of that film. The brand recognition and holiday should help it a lot. But is the film any good? Is it as entertaining and funny as the original one? Let’s find out.
Story: Raftaar Singh (Akshay) is a good for nothing buffoon who keeps getting into troublesome situations in his hometown in Punjab. He has a loving mother (Rati Agnihotri) and a strict father who gives Rafaar an ultimatum to marry an obese village girl. He runs away to Goa where he gets a job at a local Don’s place. Elsewhere in Romania, Sara (Amy Jackson) is the daughter of a super rich Don and her life is in danger because another Don called Mark (Kay Kay Menon) wants her life. So she is sent to Goa for her security. Here she meets Raftaar who is in charge of her security. Sara can’t speak Hindi and Raftaar can’t speak English and they get the help of local girl Emily (Lara Dutta) to communicate. But Emily keeps messing the languages up and eventually helps them brew a romance between each other.
Screenplay and Direction: Prabhu Deva who has to his name some horribly misogynistic films, makes amends of sorts in Singh Is Bliing by writing strong, powerful women characters in this one. There’s more good news. Singh Is Bliing may be consistently low brow, but it is also consistently entertaining. The pace drops off a bit after the interval but still doesn’t bore us. The comedy scenes are also very funny and have thought behind their conceptualization. The action scenes are good, solid endeavors. Prabhu Deva returns to form with Singh Is Bliing.Technically, Singh Is Bliing, comes across as a high budget movie with big action set pieces which have been filmed in very high octane tones. The cinematography is stylish and deft. The editing is decent but could have been tighter. The music of Singh Is Bliing is above average with the opening song Tung Tung getting us hooked to it.
Acting: Akshay Kumar is the Singh in Singh Is Bliing and he lives the character of Raftaar right from the start. He is in fantastic form and his comic timing is as astute as it has ever been. And he looks and feels good. Amy Jackson is the Bliing in Singh is Bliing. She doesn’t speak much unless she has to and doesn’t emote too much but she does a great job in her action scenes. She can kick ass! Lara Dutta is a pleasant rediscovery as the comic character Emily. She has perfect comic chemistry with Akshay Kumar. Kay Kay Menon hams it up as the baddie Mark. He overacts and overdoes everything.
Conclusion: Singh Is Bliing is a return to form for Prabhu Deva and Akshay Kumar both. Singh is Bliing is a funny, entertaining movie which works well as a great counter programming to serious real life issues. If you have 3 hours to kill and want to laugh your hearts out, then look no further than Singh Is Bliing. It is earnest and even innocently intelligent. Singh is Bliing is an entertainer. Go watch.
- Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta and Amy Jackson all give competent performances
- Prabhu Deva directs a thoroughly entertaining movie
- The comedy and action scenes work
- Pace slows down a bit after the interval
- Kay Kay Menon hams it up
- Music disappoints