Singham Movie Review

Singham Movie Poster
Singham Movie Poster

The music album of Rohit Shetty and Reliance Entertainment's action drama SINGHAM does not hold much expectation mainly because of the genre that it belongs to. But when Abhijeet Vaghani, who has done the three remixes in the album, told us that the composers associated with the album, Ajay Gogavale and Atul Gogavale are a known name in Marathi films and are called the Rahman of Marathi film music, our expectations did soar quite high and so we do expect them to come up with something novel and melodious and compose out of the box. The presence of lyricist Swanand Kirkire, whose award winning compositions have always been, appreciated makes things even well. So let's start the proceedings on a positive note and come straight to the first song of the album which is naturally the title track, Singham.

The sound of war cry and shank (conch shell) along with Sanskrit shlokas commence the title track Singham.The composition introduces the lead protagonist through some trademark zesty and feisty Sukhwinder singing, the kind already seen and heard in Ajay's very own title track of OMKARA and recently in Salman's DABANGG (co-incidentally another title track). However credit goes to Ajay-Atul as the composition and its melody is entirely different and the all Hindustani music arrangements, dhol, nagada, shankh etc are an audio treat. The background chorus is a good extension of lively melody that proves just apt to conjure up a good image. The song on the whole serves to provide a nice sketch of the film as well as the main lead, Bajirao Singham, who is compared to a lion in terms of strength, fearlessness and ferocity. Swanand's lyrics are a big help in the endeavor as well and the good use of easy Sanskrit and Hindi is commendable.

The Singham remix is very much different and one can see that a lot of work has been done to make this zestier and fierier and something that youth can relate to due to the added tempo and beats.

The next number, Saathiya, proves why Ajay-Atul are called the Rahman of Marathi films as it's all out haunting melody that prevails throughout this love ballad. The number certainly has that lingering quality that stays back even after the song comes to close and it's the new nightingale herself, Shreya Ghoshal, who does wonders to the composition with her sugary sweet vocals. The composer, Ajay comes in for brief interlude in the chorus, Badmash dil and that certainly is the highlight of the track. There is a heard before feeling about the tune of the track that one gets after listening to the song. Swanand's lyrics are filmy and just right for the hopelessly in love situation.

There's hardly any movement in the first half in terms of the story, while the second half has countless unintentionally funny scenes. To be fair, Singham and Jaykant do have some ceete-maar dialogues. However, there are several puerile dialogues mouthed by the various characters on the top of their voices. The action sequences are good, but they get very repetitive and exhausting. You only have blown up cars (Rohit Shetty's favourite) and Singham beating the hell out of the gundas. It's marred by an atrociously slow pace, which is a complete no-no for an action film.

Dudley's cinematography is fine. Ajay and Atul Gogavale's music is totally uninspiring, with Saathiya being the only decent number. Steven H. Bernard's editing is tacky, with many continuity lapses.

Ajay Devgn, who is seen in a complete action film after a long time, looks really fit and acts wonderfully. But there's nothing much he can do beyond that to compensate for the weak script. Prakash Raj (a big name in South) looks promising initially, but his character loses steam and becomes like a joker as the film progresses. Perhaps his character is diluted to enhance Ajay Devgn's role. Kajal Aggarwal, who plays Singham's love interest Kavya, looks pretty. However, she does overact. Sonali Kulkarni is all right. The rest of the characters are strictly okay.

With a lot of noise (read loud) and no substance, SINGHAM brings no
khushi and only gham.

Rating - 2/5

In an action scene from SINGHAM, Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) jumps and hits a baddie on his forehead with his palm. The guy spins, falls on the ground face first, bounces up a few feet in the air like a ball, and again falls on his back. With scenes like these, SINGHAM is so bad that it's almost good.

The Tamil SINGAM starring Suriya was a huge hit down South. But the adaptation for the Hindi audience, despite have its share of masala, isn't up to the mark.

Bajirao Singham plays an honest cop from a small village named Shivgad on the Maharashtra-Goa border. Using his own principles, he makes sure that the village remains peaceful and free of any unscrupulous activities. He resolves petite quarrels and doesn't even mind lending his own money to a villager in need.

Things take a horrid turn when he meets a wily criminal and politician Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj), who is required to be present in Shivgad for a case. Through his political connections, Jaykant gets Singham transferred to his own backyard, Goa and tries to make his life a living hell. Can he silence the lion Singham and his roar?

Director Rohit Shetty has come up with an insipid film, which fails to deliver on all fronts. It starts as an action drama, takes a romantic interlude and again returns to maar-dhad. Not to mention Rohit's trademark GOLMAAL type humour in many occasions. At one point, when Singham and Jaykant verbally try to outdo each other in terms of the people they can arrange to fight for them, it seems like a fight between two local gangs.

There's hardly any movement in the first half in terms of the story, while the second half has countless unintentionally funny scenes. To be fair, Singham and Jaykant do have some ceete-maar dialogues. However, there are several puerile dialogues mouthed by the various characters on the top of their voices. The action sequences are good, but they get very repetitive and exhausting. You only have blown up cars (Rohit Shetty's favourite) and Singham beating the hell out of the gundas. It's marred by an atrociously slow pace, which is a complete no-no for an action film.

Dudley's cinematography is fine. Ajay and Atul Gogavale's music is totally uninspiring, with Saathiya being the only decent number. Steven H. Bernard's editing is tacky, with many continuity lapses.

Ajay Devgn, who is seen in a complete action film after a long time, looks really fit and acts wonderfully. But there's nothing much he can do beyond that to compensate for the weak script. Prakash Raj (a big name in South) looks promising initially, but his character loses steam and becomes like a joker as the film progresses. Perhaps his character is diluted to enhance Ajay Devgn's role. Kajal Aggarwal, who plays Singham's love interest Kavya, looks pretty. However, she does overact. Sonali Kulkarni is all right. The rest of the characters are strictly okay.

With a lot of noise (read loud) and no substance, SINGHAM brings no
khushi and only gham.

Rating - 2/5

Rating 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ajay Devgn, Kajal Agarwal, Prakash Raj, Sonali Kulkarni and Ashok Saraf
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
  • Director: Rohit Shetty
  • Music Director: Ajay-Atul
  • Release Date : 01 May 2011
  • Movie Duration : 2Hr 23min