A total bone-crunching action entertainer with local spice from Goa.
The plot: The small village of Shivgad lives in lok shakti bliss under the protection of their beloved Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn), an honest police officer who dispenses justice in his own unique way. He beats up people who try to bribe him, he gives `40,000 from his own tijori to settle a dispute and stop a marriage from breaking, he fights goons without weapons to save his girl, and he is the uber fit angry young man out to change the system. The big battle begins when he messes with the don of Goa, Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj), and bashes his ego. Raging like a disturbed rattle snake, Shikre’s reach prises Singham out of his Shivgad den and plonks him in Goa where the don can take his revenge on the incorruptible police officer. Kavya (Kajal Aggarwal) is the perfunctory love interest of Singham for the mandatory (and tiresome) song sequences which could be edited out without disturbing the narrative.
The good: Singham totally justifies the genre it belongs to. You can laugh and whistle as the high octane action (Jai Singh Nijjar) and punchy dialogues (Farhad-Sajid) keep the good vs bad story moving speedily.Larger-than-life frames by cameraman Dudley, beginning with the titles of Singham and the scene where all the police officers meet against a backdrop of moonlight, strengthen the visuals. Ajay Devgn as a Maratha cop is fresh and a pleasant departure from the Punjabi Khannas, Kapoors and sarson ka saag flavour of Hindi cinema.Sonali Kulkarni as Megha is impactful in a cameo as the widow of honest cop, Inspector Kadam (Sudhanshu Pandey) who blew his brains out courtesy Shikre.Prakash Raj as Shikre is simply brilliant. He provides both mirth and menace with ease and stands up to Devgn in every frame.
The bad: The romantic angle and the songs unnecessarily lengthen the story especially when the music (Ajay-Atul) is so ho-hum. The plot takes you back to good vs evil themes of the past. The long spiel by Singham to the whole police force is neither crisp nor fresh. The first half lacks fire but picks up pace after interval.
Overall: A smart combination of smart quips, super action and high intensity performances by Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj that give Singham blockbuster appeal.
– Pooja Thakkar