Director: Puneet Issar
Cast & Crew: Tulip Joshi, Mika Singh, Puneet Issar, Gulzar Inder Chahal, Brooke Johnston, Rizwan Haider, Amy Rasimas, Sunita Dheer, Neeta Mohindra, Donny Kapoor, Akash Karnataki, Aushima Sawhney, Yusuf Hussain, Daler Mehndi
Synopsis: I am Singh portrays the trials and tribulations of men whose stories were never highlighted. After the 9/11 tragedy in America, the Sikhs were targeted all over and were the victims of mistaken identity. The film highlights what happened to few such people and their fights against it, never losing the faith in the American judicial system.
Review: Puneet Issar’s ‘I Am Singh’ has been directed, written and dialogued by him. Saves him expenditure at the expense of shocking all those who dare to watch it. Best known for his role as Duryodhan in ‘Mahabharata’ he has ensured that the lead hero Gulzar Inder Chahal is an extension of his ex-mythological role. So much so that within twenty minutes into the film you simply know this is the loudest tribute ever made to rage on screen. It’s an ode to hardcore aggression with a backdrop score so thunderous that it even overtakes the actors passively provoked fake expressions. The star cast could might as well be listed as anonymous. As trying to spot familiar celeb’s is akin to solving a serious puzzle in this film. If you can sit through it you need to be anointed with a magic potion that can infuse cinematic sensibility into you all over again. The film surprisingly highlights a very important cause, racist attacks that led to brutal deaths of the Sikh’s post the twin tower attacks in the US. But honestly the cast seemed too lazy onscreen to actually bother with a cause as huge as this. It was a kitty party of sorts, infused with fake concern and moments of anger that after a while leave you highly amused. Old school styled rhetoric was shown aplenty. Gulzar Inder Chahal seems strangely composed for a man traumatized by his brother’s death and injured father’s critical condition. His occasional outburst on screen seems more like added special effects rather than piercing outrage. Badly edited and directionlessly directed. I would call it creative recession.
Yes of course let’s not forget to discuss what the big deal of the plot was all about. Chahal plays Ranveer who swears by his Indian lineage though he has brothers settled in the US namely Balbir & Bikram Singh, successful restaurateurs overseas. His life post attending his friend’s boisterous bachelors party takes an ugly turn as he discovers that back in foreign shores, his brother gets murdered by an American mob , father gets brutally injured and to make matters a tad more serious , brother two as well has gone missing. All this happens while his parents decide to holiday in the US. It’s a holiday that turns into a Holocaust for all of us. And yes back in the US they have a lavish bungalow adorned with a fleet of cars. Perhaps that adds to Ranveers upfront complacency throughout the film in tackling something as devastating as a racial crisis. Instead of awakening the audience, the cast seems like a jobless bunch trying to solve a cause by rattling senselessly on screen.The attackers comically appear and disappear on screen. Nothing defines their advent into the film. Very for the heck of it harassment. Missing brother is relocated in a prison by Ranveer aided by Amelia Whites played by Brooke Johnston. Amelia the attorney seems like a seductress rather than a lawyer aiding him in his plight. She fails to suggest faith in the American judicial system, despite her vibrancy. The end spells ‘All is well’ but not without feeling like a silly sermon on the integrity of America which of course today is highly debatable.
Even an “I Proud to be an Indian” is far more promising and plight friendly than this movie. Need I say more. It could have been so much more poignant had Puneet Isaar not made it like a painfully long spoof cum sermon on the fact that not every turbaned man is an Arab. After watching recently made commendable list of racist films like ‘Goal’ ‘New York’ ‘Khuda Kay Liye’ and ‘My Name is Khan’ this is not just a disappointment but a daring to be different joke. Or should I say blaring given the ear numbing background score. Just in case you want to be adventurous and watch it make sure you carry cotton buds. That’s how deafening fake activism can get.
Verdict: Watch it at your own risk!