Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgan) is a Police Inspector in the small town of Shivgad on the Maharashtra/Goa border. He settles every problem in his town with punches and dialogues alike. He is the local Hero until he gets transferred to Goa City and is forced to cross paths with Criminal/Extortionist Jaikant Shikre (Prakash Raj). A vicious battle ensues between good and evil that threatens to shake the whole system.
It’s very easy to criticize a masala movie. It’s very easy to call it Over The Top, illogical and dismiss it as unintelligent cinema. But if everybody had an appetite for intelligent cinema, we would all be famous writers, critics and directors.
Singham falls in this infamous genre. In fact, it is the ‘sher’ of this genre. It is an old fashioned, good v/s evil film that is very easy to digest. Yes, you generally wonder whether to laugh or applaud when the hero sends goons flying in the air with one punch. But given the treatment, screenplay and music of ‘Singham’, I bet you’ll applaud. The common man is basically a coward, and he will applaud heroism, especially ones that display exceptional leadership qualities. The ones who can awaken the “zameer” of commoners with their dialogues. ‘Singham’ pulls a desi cop version of “300” on you – The fearless bare bodied leader with rousing dialogues and spine chilling action. The more intellectual among us, too, will be surprised at how gripping this 140 minute action drama really is.
So, there you go – daredevil heroism, classic good v/s evil, rock solid actors and a strong background score. What else do you need? Who cares if the story isn’t exactly fresh and who cares if the action is unbelievably over the top.
Verdict: It’s crisp, entertaining and ‘paisa vasool’. ‘Singham’ has blockbuster written all over it.