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    Desimartini | Updated - January 22, 2014 8:09 PM IST
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    SinghamWatch trailerRelease date : July 22, 2011

    There is nothing which is unforeseeable in Rohit Shettys new film, and quite clearly, viewers are aware that the concept of one person against prevailing, blatant corruption has struck the imagination of our filmmakers ever too often. Theres the painfully honest cop who severely bashes obese goons, theres the worried parents who still want their son to continue on the same path, theres the mandatory bubbly eye-candy (surprisingly she isnt held hostage, even once), and theres the awfully bad guy gangster-turned-politician who is involved in multiple beats extortion, murder, kidnapping and the like. There is the over the top background score and sky-high action sequences.

    All very formulaic. But why complain, when all of it unfolds with heightened drama, is wrapped ingeniously with whistle-worthy lines and above all there is a thoroughly aspirational triumph of good over the corruptly amoral. For once, suspending our beliefs, it is overwhelming to witness a corrupt politician get kicked in the rear by a number of policemen, later the central villain a terrific Prakash Raj (Wanted, Bbudha Hoga Tera Baap) neatly trapped into their net, while the rest plot how to cover-up his murder. It is all darn fantastic.

    Unlike the very mediocre Dabanng, where the protagonists star-power overshadowed anything sensible or logical, Singhams Bajirao Singham is an epitome of all things good, and is a person more realistic. He is endowed with fearless power (mental, muscular), he is hell-bent on keeping his jurisdiction clean, and proudly follows the symbol on his police-cap a roaring tiger. He says if even the President isnt awarded with that kind of seal they surely belong to a lot highly admired by their people. And you dare mess with Singham right from local farmers to the chaiwallah all jump with robust support for him.

    Jaykant Shikre played by Prakash Raj is the main antagonist. And Bajirao Singhams crusade against him is where the film nearly gets our grip, which is again, nearly towards the second half. If the first hour is a sensible establishment to the world of Singham, laced with a number of genuinely laughable gimmicks the penultimate hour consequently explodes with high voltage drama, and back-to-back punchlines, that are., at times intentional, and at times, accidental grim and hilarious. The action is robust, over-the-top but the little twists layered around keep up the interest and moreover the brilliant pacing doesnt let us slip into coma.

    Come on folks, if a Bruce Willis in a Die Hard comes with a few ugly bruises after crashing from a helicopter and then sliding conveniently through a flyover why does our hypocrisy come into picture when an Ajay Devgn is on an outrageous bashing spree? Agreed, ours is not that brilliantly real, but both are similarly preposterous. And for once, let us respect for whatever original we generate, rather than unsuccessfully try to ape our western fellows.

    Rohit Shettys direction is surprisingly mature and he has handled even sensitive scenes like when Ajay Devgns Singham - a relentless cop on the verge of giving hope, barges into an annual police celebration to raise a few key questions, fairly well. A curve where the film could preach and become exhaustingly boring Singham actually asks very relevant questions, and if it doesnt plausibly answer them, it offers unusual solutions, which if not authentic, are grossly entertaining. Add to it, the film is laced with some nuanced performances, which range from reasonably good to brilliant to satisfyingly over-the-top.

    Even the supporting cast blends in, and delivers expectantly rousing enactments. In fact, I found Singhams comic energy far more superior to the Golmaal series an absurd franchise Shettys earned millions with. He entrusts Devgn with almost anything, and here, he is in very fine form. When he is not mouthing well-manufactured lines by Farhad-Sajid, the unerring expressions convey the angst, and determination of an angry young cop. I particularly found Devgns Bajirao Singham, very valid. He has a family who he cares for and respects, he has a girlfriend (reasonably okay Kaajal Agarwal) in front of who he is restrained and shy, he is just doing an ordinary job with an extraordinary force. And that explosive force is where Singham sustains.

    And there lays its fiercely powerful energy. The audiences slap their hands in unison, the lion roars, and even the multiplex crowds whistle to an ear-screeching sound.

    At times like this, tuchya aaichya gaavaat, nothing else matters.

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