Singh Is Kinng Movie Review
Undoubtedly SINGH IS KINNG is one of the biggest films of the year and the fourth venture from Vipul Shah, after a hat trick of hits, all featuring Akshay Kumar - AAKHEIN, WAQT RACE AGAINST TIME and NAMASTEY LONDON. However, unlike the previous occasions, this time around its director Anees Bazmee who is at the helm of affairs. Most of the earlier films by Vipul did not have high quality music to boast of, though NAMASTEY LONDON (by Himesh Reshammiya) had some lovely, melodious numbers. Since SINGH IS KINNG is an out and out entertainer, lucky music director Pritam has been roped in to compose the music. Pritam is undoubtedly the unofficial numero uno composer today, coming in after a series of hits like JAB WE MET, BHOOL BHULAIYYA, RACE and JANNAT. However to some it may seem (after KISMET KONNECTION) that there is an over dose of Pritam. So let us see what the overworked but extremely lucky music director has to offer in this very prestigious project.
Certainly the most talked about number before the launch of the album, the title track, 'Singh Is Kinng' truly befits the hype behind it. The composition that has the likes of famous American rapper Snoop Dogg, Britain's popular bhangra band RDB and Akshay himself (quite a decent singer after many stints during stage shows). The composers here are Calvin Broadus along with Surjeet Singh, Manjeet Ral and Kuljeet Ral. The song commences with Snoop Dogg introducing himself and other artists; Akshay and RDB, in his own popular style. The track is all 'Punjabi', mixed with English rap, and it's only natural as the film has a singing and dancing Sardar as the lead protagonist. The rap by Snoop Dogg and the repeated 'mukhda', 'Singh Is Kinng' certainly elevates the song to a different level and the arrangements are top notch, to say the least. There is also a reference to the much talked about diamonds worn by Akshay.
After the superlative title track, it's Pritam all way and he starts off with 'Jee Karda'. It commences with a nice electronic guitar rhythm and some good blend of English and Hindi combo singing by Suzie Q. The number is another bhangra based dance track which is totally inspired by Punjabi folk. And so Labh Janjua, (PARTNER) has been roped in to render this number, which also has a 70-style touch to it ( a la Asa Singh Mastana). Rarely used traditional instrument like 'ektara' and also 'manjira' lend novelty value. The song itself is nice and sweet and its picturisation amongst the ancient Egyptian pyramids enhances the song further and it would be a treat to watch on the big screen..
'Jee Karda-Remix' by Hyacinth is a mere space filler and not much care has been taken by the arrangers to make it different. Just faster rhythm and higher tempo and beats that in a way reduce the ethnic Mastana touch!
The king crooner of title numbers, Neeraj Sridhar has been assigned the task of delivering the rollicking 'Bas Ek King' and he has Ashish Pandit, the Bhangra-pop queen, Hard Kaur and Daler's younger brother, Mika Singh to support him in his endeavour. The first version, 'Bas Ek Kinng', has a deadly, lazy rhythm, continuing till the end of the track, one which certainly is an entertainer. The early rap portions and the 'mukhda' itself is quite infectious and have a lot of repeat value. Though the last part of the 'mukhda', which has gained immense popularity (especially amongst children and youth) is inspired by Sridevi's 'Na Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai' from CHAALBAAZ ( Laxmi-Pyare). The rap and reggae portions have been effectively handled by Hard 'Glassy' Kaur, who is certainly here to stay. Her voice has the kind of attitude required for singing these types of tracks. Mika and Neeraj (his voice structure is similar to Akshay's and he sounds so much like him!) combine well and convey that feeling of royalty through their full of attitude and style singing. It may not be a musical gem but it surely has all the right ingredients to end up as a chartbuster and provide for a thumping opening to the film.
Apart from Akshay, Sonu Sood commands a terrific screen presence. As the King, he marshals his resources well, even his half-blind brother (Mika) Javed Jaffery who turns in a good act. Om Puri is finally seen in a good role. He combines well with Akshay to give the best moments of 'laugh time'. The music is loud and vibrant, in true Sardar style and the characters, keeping the Sardars in mind. What's interesting is that every actor who is not a sardar carries off the get-p so well that it's difficult to distinguish a real Sardar. Full marks to the costume designer who has added colour on the screen to go with the vibrant community.
Katrina Kaif has not much of a role like Neha Dhupia but both the girls offer excellent support. Katrina looking gorgeous whips up some sexy dance moves with Akshay amidst the pyramids of Egypt while Neha with her saucy moves lights up the proceedings in the King's villa.
The first half breezes through without a hitch. Certain flaws crop up in the second; the loose editing of two songs, which appear abruptly between scenes and disappear as quickly, and a sub-plot, which could have been done without. But that is all forgotten in the din of the theatre as the junta go wah wah over their new King!
The North Indians are going to go ballistic while the overseas market is sure to rake in a huge turnover. An out-and-out entertainer guaranteed to bring on the laughs.
Eh picture badi changi hai!
It's Balle Balle from Amrutlal to Amritsar! Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah hits bull's eye. With Anees Bazmee in the director's seat and Akshay Kumar moving around with serious comic intent, this film is a laugh riot that will have the multiplexes bursting at the seams in the days to come. At the paid preview on Thursday night, there was not a single empty seat. Ladies and Gentlemen, a big round of applause to Singh, who is now officially King. The khiladi has proved that comedy is also his cup of tea.
The films rests on a very basic plot of 'Good Vs Bad', but the characters incorporated and the treatment given on a lavish scale is what tilts the balance in the film's favour. Also, you cannot discount the fact that Akshay is in his elements right from take one! There is some magic in his body language, a purpose in his every scene, and the desire to excel in every shot. He lights up the screen every time he comes on and spreads the energy like a virus. The man once called wooden I'm sure is having critics and producers who shied away earlier, having to eat out of his hands from a wooden spoon! SINGH IS KINNG is an out and out Akshay Kumar film. The support cast too is terrific; Om Puri Javed Jaffrey, Ranvir Shorey, Sudhanshu Pandey, Sonu Sood, Kirron Kher, Yashpal Sharma and Manoj Pahwa.
Akshay (Happy Singh) is one happy-go-lucky chap with a big heart who always goes out to help his villagers. Sonu Sood (Lucky Singh) another villager is a dreaded gangster in Australia. He makes headlines almost every other day. He is King in Australia and his cronies are his friends from his village Amritsar in India. Happy is forever putting the villagers in trouble with his 'do goo act'. Fed up, a few decide to get rid of him. They decide to send him to Australia to get back Lucky Singh whose ailing parents are longing for him. With him on this mission is his childhood friend Rangeela (Om Puri). How Happy manages to make Lucky and his gang of Sardars turn back from their evil ways is what the film is all about.
There's action and romance packaged to guarantee the best returns for you bucks. Bazmee excels on both counts. Somewhere in between is writer Suresh Nair's humour, which is the film's selling point!
- Actor: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Om Puri, Javed Jaffrey, Ranvir Shorey, Sudhanshu Pandey, Sonu Sood
- Lyrics: Mayur Puri
- Director: Anees Bazmee
- Music Director: Pritam
- Release Date : 07 Aug 2008
- Movie Duration : 2h 32m