Singh Saab The Great Hindi Movie Review
Let's get one thing straight. If you haven't been a fan of Sunny Deol superhits like Ghatak, Ghayal, Gaddar and more, if you don't have his famous dialogues right from dhai kilo ka haath or tareek pe tareek memorized or if you don't like the high-octane raw, brawny action drama then Singh Saab The Great isn't a film for you.
The movie revolves around the morally upright government official Saranjeet Singh (Sunny Deol) who works as a collector in a small town of UP. Being a proponent of good deeds, Saranjeet Singh always stands in the way of corruption and takes on corrupt officials who are plaguing the nation. He goes to all lengths to restore truth and honesty even if it means putting his and his family's life at stake.
Singh Saab The Great scores purely for rooting for our desi hero. Instead of adapting or being inspired by the Hollywood action flicks, the movie brings back the times of an underdog rising to fight for his, his family and his nation's pride.
There couldn't have been another actor more befitting to this story than Sunny Deol. His comeback to the action mode is brilliant. But the actor fails in emoting romantic sequences as endearingly as he used to in the past. The rust on his acting prowess, owing to the gap that came about, can easily be seen. Having a teenage debutante (Urvashi Rautela) opposite him only makes matters worse for the gap in age makes for a bad cinematic experience.
It's after long that one finds Prakash Raj playing a negative role menacingly and not making it appear like the million others he has played in the formula films of Bollywood. The battle between both Deol and Raj has its gripping moments.
Amrita Rao as a journalist who is chronicling the life of Singh Saab is average at best and doesn't add any value to the story.
SSTG has it all going for it except that the film (treatment-wise) comes a few years delayed for its time. Despite having its moments, there are portions in the film which remind you of '80s cinema. Even the production quality is jaded and gives the film a tripe feeling. Filmmaker Anil Sharma takes a very old school approach in story-telling which is decorated garishly with loud background score and melodramatic sequences.
To sum it up, Singh Saab The Great is a complete single screen film for Sunny Deol fans who are yearning to see him back in action. For the others it's just another masala entertainer.