Singham, as we know is based on a Tamil movie by the same name. After a series of comedies (especially Golmaal trilogy) Ajay Devgan was starting to get stereotypical, but Singham is his comeback to hardcore action genre. Through this review let us find out if the movie works for him (and for us) or not.
Image: Ajay Devgan from Singham
Singham is the story of Bajirav Singham (Ajay Devgan) an honest cop from Shivgarh (Maharashtra) who is a god like figure in his town and finds a follower in every townsperson. He is living a usual cop life solving day to day problems of villagers in his unique style when one day a Goa based Jaikant Shikre (Prakash Raj), a big-time extortionist with shady mafia dealings, is required to travel to Shivgarh to sign a conditional bail. Rest is an age old story of how right wins over wrong, how hero defeats a villain. Oh! Yes and there is Kajal Agarawal too.
What sets Singham apart is the way it is served. Ajay Devgan’s performance is great, he has worked really hard on his physique, dialogues, fight sequences, chases, and everything else screams about a masala flick. Kajal looked pretty, and delivers her city-based yet traditional girl character confidently. Prakash Raj is great, I don’t know if it was a voice over but if it wasn’t then his dialogue delivery was just brilliant, Prakash has really overwhelmed his director (Rohit Shetty) who ruled over the idea of casting someone else in Hindi remake, Prkash makes you laugh and at the same time invokes the fear a mafia deserves.
On the music front Singham doesn’t have much to offer, may be the reason lies behind the timing of the songs, besides I found it too loud. The astonishing fact is that the composers are national award winners!
For Singham or for that matter any movie should be rated based on its entertainment quotient and not technique. Which is why Singham will do very well in single screen theatres and lovers of commercial potpourri will definitely get their money's worth, though it looks tacky at some points, excessive Marathi usage is also incomprehensible, has a typical south India film feel, and a scene by scene copy of original, still it entertains you and for that I rate it with 3 stars.