Anil Sharma – Sunny Deol liaison number 4 is the movie Singh Saab The Great. Their first venture together, Gadar – Ek Prem Katha (2001), was one of the biggest hits of it’s time. Their second outing, The Hero – Love Story of A Spy (2003), which was one of the most expensive movies of it’s time. Then came Apne (2007) which brought the 3 Deols together on-screen for the first time. And now, Singh Saab The Great is comeback of sorts for Sunny Deol as the angry sardar.
First things first, this is hardcore Sunny Deol film. He fights, he roars, he shows his biceps, he delivers punches – both physical and literal, he gets angry, his eyes are shown again and again, he sings and he dances as if the choreography was also done by the stunt master itself. It is a typical Sunny Deol movie, so expecting any logic would be your biggest undoing while being seated at the cinema hall.
Just sit back, forget your worldly worries for a couple of hours, enjoy the senseless flow of the movie, whistle at few dialogues, clap at few quotes, agree with the obvious preaching, punch the air with your fist triumphantly as you guess every next scene, sit back in awe as goons go flying in air, earth shivers with the thump of a thigh, fast-moving SUV’s are stopped by one hand and jeeps are swirled around, as if they were a twig, with bare hands.
Singh Saab (Sunny Deol) runs an NGO called ‘People’s Beat’ that believes in ‘Badla nahi, badlaav’ and wants to eradicate corruption from the society. It also aspires to open committees in every city to see that no wrong is done in any place. Singh Saab’s popularity is raising everyday and he gets invitations from various cities and towns requesting him to clean up their places as well. And among these invitations, there is an invitation from a village called Bhadauri too.
Amrita Rao is a journalist who discovers a truth about Singh Saab’s past and she accuses him of debauchery, corruption and selfishness as his colleagues were still in jail while he escaped from jail by some manipulations.
Thus, starts the flashback and we are introduced to the two beautiful and cute women Urvashi Rautela (19 years old) and Anjali Abrol (22 years old), who play the on-screen wife and sister of Sunny Deol respectively.
7 years earlier, Saranjeet Singh was a collector who believed in truth, honour, dignity and non-corruption which meant he was regularly transferred. His current posting happens to be where Bhudev (Prakash Raj) is ‘the centre, state, ruler, judge and government.’ Singh’s stringent policies doesn’t go down too well with Bhudev and thus starts their tussle.
The rest of the story is all about why was Saranjeet jailed, how did he become Singh Saab, what happened to the tussle between Bhudev and Saranjeet, how does he seek revenge or does he seek revenge or forgives Bhudev.
Urvashi shows immense talent for a debutante. She performs brilliantly, dances well, is covered in overdose of make-up most of the time, there is too much of age-gap between her and her husband (which he himself admits in the movie many a times) and is ever-ready to show her bare back to her husband as he kisses it to calm her whenever she is angry at him.
Anjali Abrol is brilliant as Singh’s sister. She looks cute, is innocent yet ferocious, strong yet vulnerable, lovable yet loud like a Punjaban. She also speaks Punjabi so fluently that not once does it seem like it isn’t her mother-tongue.
Amrita Rao as the journalist and her Hindi dialect, a mix of Bihari and Haryanvi is just annoying. She acts well, but she doesn’t have much to do except being present in most of the frames yet being nothing more than a bystander in spite of being the narrator of the film.
Prakash Raj plays the same menacing and comic villain that he has already played in all of his Bollywood outings so far. He is such a versatile actor that in spite of being cast in a stereotypical role, he brings a bit of novelty to it and doesn’t bore the audience. His attachment to his daughter stands out more than his ferociousness.
Sunny Paaji is the hero of the movie, quite literally. This movie is watchable for him and him alone. Technically, he doesn’t do anything that he hasn’t done already, but Sunny as Singh Saab is much more likable than his other outings in the recent years. He packs a solid punch.
Music is loud and jarring, but then, that’s expected, and the actors are loud too. Action is over-the-top, the heights being Sunny Deol’s both hands being grounded by a pillar and a lorry’s tyre respectively, yet he manages to free himself. Nothing much to write about songs except that the actresses look very beautiful with heavy make-up. As said earlier, choreography of Sunny Paaji is seem to be done by ‘action director’ itself.
The movie is best watched in a single screen, where the crowd just wants to enjoy a movie without being too intellectual or cynic about it.
The trailer :
(Abridged version first published at The Viewspaper)