Singham is more of a Sing - HAM fest. Stretches like a Chewing gum. Watch it only for Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj.
| Mansha Rastogi
Nearly 40 minutes in the film the Minister of Goa yells at the cops for wasting his time and says out loud "Non-sense". Then and there you start relating to him as that's just what happens while watching Singham and you feel like saying the same words. For the nth time director Rohit Shetty teams up with Ajay Devgn but this time not for a madcap slapstick Golmaal series which he is known for. This time around it's all brawn and muscles as Rohit too jumps into the bandwagon of Heroism and South remakes with Singham. So call it an overdose of fight sequences, beefy actors and stunts or poor execution, Singham finds it hard to please the audience.
Set in Goa, Jaikant Shikhre (Prakash Raj) is a terror for every police man. A criminal with guns and power, Jaikant works the Goa law system his own way. Killing, extorting and getting away with it is the easiest thing for him. Cut to Shivgad, a small village on the border of Maharashtra and Goa, where an honest inspector Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) fights against injustice and prejudice using his own ethics and principles. How the two cross paths, how Shikhre messes with Bajirao Singham and how the simple inspector turns into a roaring, agitated, revengeful Simha (Lion) is what follows through the rest of the plot.
Singham is that brand of cinema that was prevalent in the '80s and '90s. It has a rone wali Maa, a bad villain, a revengeful wife, a heroine that provides all the dancing around the tress type of romance and high octane action between the hero and the villain. But it's the execution of it all that takes a beating. The film starts with a serious angle of an honest inspector committing suicide owing to the terror of Jaikant Shikhre. It then goes into a long tangent of introducing Ajay Devgn, his life, his supremely tedious romantic angle making you frustrated with the goings-on. 80 per cent of the first half seems needless and could very well be chopped off to give way to the drama that follows in the second half.
In a typical Rohit Shetty style there are a lot of cars blown up for providing the hardcore action feel. However, this time around the cinematography goes for a toss. The film is interspersed with bad shots which are glaringly obvious and out of focus scenes. The editing too isn't anything great.
The best thing about Singham is its villain. Prakash Raj as the maniacal and egoistic criminal is befitting. His serious, ruthless character blended with timely humour keeps the audience glued to their seats. Another reason to watch this film is the drama between Prakash Raj and Ajay Devgn. Their battle against each other is interesting and offers a lot of drama. Ajay's look and characterisation is very good however, whenever he speaks in Marathi it looks very forced and fake. Wish something could've been done about this. Even the setting appears farcical. Kajal Aggarwal has over the top written all over her throughout the film. so if you thought Kareena Kapoor in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham was OTT wait to see Kajal. Music too has nothing great to talk about.
Over all, Singham is more of a Sing - HAM fest. Stretches like a Chewing gum. Watch it only for Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
1.5 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good
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