Singham Scores With Audiences
Director Rohit Shetty has successfully rehashed this gem in Singham to create a tale that’s resonating with audiences across India.
The story takes place in Shivgad, a small village in the border of Maharashtra and Goa. Inspector Bajirao Singham, played by Ajay Devgn, relies on his outstanding principles to battle injustice and prejudice. Unfortunately, he discovers that the people who make the laws can be the greatest crooks when he’s forced to confront Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj), a powerful criminal turned politician.
Jaykant uses his influence to have Singam transferred to Goa. Jaykant spares no effort to make the Inspector’s life a living nightmare. With the support of his girlfriend, Megha (Sonali Kulkarni) and a few true blue friends, Singham realizes that to transform India, he cannot work against the law—he must become a part of it.
At 2 hours and 23 minutes, Singham is a lengthy but lively ride. While the romance is overshadowed by the inflated hungmama of the fights, the lead actors do have a nice chemistry. The only serious, even amateurish, drawback is the underlying stereotype that real values only exist in Indian villages while cities are hotbeds of filth and corruption.
The film has generally garnered positive reviews from critics. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India gave it four out of five stars stating, “Singham is over-the-top retro kitsch, spilling over with high-voltage stunts, slow-motion action cuts and fiery dialogues delivered in high decibels. It is meant for all those action buffs interested in time travel to the angry young 1970s and 1980s when cinema was larger-than-life and totally unrealistic.”
A few critics have panned the film, explaining that while the movie knows its job and does it well, there’s really nothing out of the box to grab your attention .
Singham is currently sitting at an 80% audience approval rating. It’s the second highest opening weekend grosser of 2011 after Ready, grossing a whopping 31 crore in its first three days—about seven million dollars.