Movie Review: Singham (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Super Hit

The trend of atypical masala entertainers began all over again with WANTED, which was effectively emulated by the super-successful DABANGG. The larger-than-life hero knocks down 50 thugs and sends them flying in the air with just one punch. He romances the heroine. Puts his life at stake by catching the bull by the horns. Emerges victorious in the finale… Come to think of it, the Indian audience is starved for true-blue masala entertainers that were admired and revered in the 1970s and 1980s. Oh, can we ever forget the serpentine queues outside cinema halls to watch those movies, starring our fav stars? With SINGHAM, the Ajay Devgn – Rohit Shetty team goes back to their roots; both started with action films, if you recall — PHOOL AUR KAANTE and ZAMEEN, respectively. SINGHAM is one of those earthy, traditional, uncomplicated masala movies that most of us grew up on. The protagonist of SINGHAM is not the desi version of James Bond, nor is he any kind of a superhero.

In Shivgad, a small village on the border of Maharashtra and Goa, Inspector Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) fights against injustice, prejudice and corruption using his own brand of ethics and justice. When Kavya (Kajal Aggarwal) comes from Goa to visit her grandparents she is charmed by Bajirao’s bold and courageous demeanor. Destiny sets up the honest and diligent police inspector against the tremendously powerful criminal cum politician Jaykant Shikre. Jaykant’s manipulations ensure that Singham is promoted and transferred to Goa. Little does Singham know that while this move will bring him closer to Kavya, it will also deliver him into the clutches of Jaykant. Because Goa is the place where Jaykant rules supreme. And Jaykant has vowed to make Singham’s life a living nightmare.

Alone in enemy territory, Singham must now rise to his toughest challenge – hold on to his principles and destroy the all powerful enemy.

The Making of Singham


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “It’s a complete package of entertainment for the masses and devoted fans of masala movies. This one is sure to roar at the box-office. It has Blockbuster written all over it!”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “Singham is over-the-top retro kitsch, spilling over with high-voltage stunts, slow-motion action cuts and fiery dialogues delivered in high decibels.”
4.0 “Singham is refreshingly crisp and utterly uncluttered all the way through to the bitter end.”
NDTV Movies
4.0 “This one is better than Dabangg”
3.0 ” This remake of Tamil film Singam is a blast from the past, really. And unexpectedly fun!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Ajay Devgn roars, but Prakash Raj steals the show”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Singham is for Ajay Devgn fans only.”
2.0 “With a lot of noise (read loud) and no substance, SINGHAM brings no khushi and only gham.”
2.0 “Singham is funnier than Golmaal, and not in a good way”
DNA India
2.0 “This is the kind of movie, where anyone and everyone can walk into the Home Minister’s office, abuse him and give him a kick in the rear.”
2.0 “Singham wears you out”
IBN Live
2.0 “Singham works in bits and pieces, only when Devgn gets fully into his stride, squaring up to Raj as he hits the high notes. The rest is just stitched-up scenery.”
1.5 “Singham is more of a Sing – HAM fest. Stretches like a Chewing gum. Watch it only for Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj.”
1.5 “Singham is a tiresome film.”
1.5 ” It’s merely the first weekend’s collections the producers were looking at anyway.”

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