Same Old, Same Old
Director: Robert Lieberman
Cast & Crew: Vinay Virmani, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Camilla Belle, Gurpreet Guggi, Russell Peters, Noureen DeWulf, Sakina Jaffrey, Rob Lowe
Plot: Speedy Singhs is a cross cultural family comedy set in the Indo-Canadian community in suburban Toronto, Canada. The film tracks a young man struggling between traditional Indo-Canadian family expectations and his dreams of hockey stardom. Speedy Singhs, full of love, color and fun brings to life the coming of age of a young man and gives further insight into the immigrant family experience. It brings a clash of Bollywood entertainment to Canada`s favorite sport.
After acting in one cross-cultural sporting underdog story (Patiala House), it’s now time for Akshay Kumar to produce one. Bringing all cross-cultural cliché’s in one place, Speedy Singhs borrows heavily from many other cross-cultural sagas (Patiala House, Goal, Bend it like Beckham) and unsuccessfully attempts to present it on a fresh plate. With nothing new to offer, the film flaps frivolously about while just brushing the surface of all themes cross-culture related (underdog treatment, weddings, accents etc.)
The story follows Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani), who is struggling between traditional Indo-Canadian family expectations and his dreams of ice – hockey stardom. Canada’s favorite sport as they call it, is a taboo in Rajveer’s home which is run on a very tight leash by his father (Anupam Kher). Then comes along coach Winters(Ron Lowe) and his gori sister Melissa(Camilla Belle) who decide to help this team of underdogs make it to the local championship.
The only thing fresh about Speedy Singhs is Vinay Virmani. He has a natural charm going for him that seems to fit the NRI image just fine. Anupan Kher seems to have made a career out of playing the strict yet confused desi-dad, but he’s bankable none the less. Russel Peters’ and Rob Lowe’s talents have been wasted. Camilla Belle isn’t given much to do. Same goes for the rest of the cast.
Verdict: Speedy Singh is not such a bad watch if you’re up for a quick mixer-grinder version of all your fav cross-cultural films.