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Singham ("Lion")

  • India
  • 2011
  • 138 mins
  • DCP
  • Hindi
  • English (subtitles)

“A tribute to the pure, unadulterated action films of the Bachchan era... leaves you goofy, grinning and clapping with glee” - Nikhat Kazmi, TIMES OF INDIA

When Rakesh Kadam tries to publicly reveal the misdoings of Jaikant Shikre (Prakash Raj) the influential politician who reigns over the state of Goa like a king, he is forced to commit suicide. Convinced that he husband was framed and in fact murdered, Rakesh’s wife Megha demands vengeance. The top brass of the state, their strings pulled by Jaikant, do all they can to cover the matter up. And old murder accusation surfaces, making for a new headache for Jaikant, obligating him to present himself to the authorities of the village of Shivgarh. Sending one of his men in his place, Jaikant clearly has no clue that the village is protected by Officer Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn), an honest and respected policeman staunchly standing up for non-violence and respect for others. When Singham forces Jaikant to show up in person, he (and his henchmen) head to Shivgarh with plans to put the smalltown cop in his place. Things don’t turn out as expected — for anybody. Revenge, threats and extortion have never been so much fun.

In recent years the Indian movie scene has taken an ever more prominent place on the map of global cinema. Be it through its originality, its quality or its diversity, Bollywood has made its mark on us all. SINGHAM is in fact a remake of 2010’s SINGAM, the Tamil hit starring the iconic Suriya. This remake marks the seventh collaboration between director Rohit Shetty and actor Devgn, who notably appeared in the GOLMALL trilogy. SINGHAM, mind you, is by far their biggest success — it shot to the top of the box office upon release, finishing up as one of the year’s biggest draws. SINGHAM is rich, riotous, dynamic movie that doesn’t begin to take itself too seriously. The abundant action is expertly handled by Shetty, giving many an American director a run for their money. Beyond the welcome appearances of Vijay Patkar and the charming Kajal Aggarwal, the performances by Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj is simply sublime, their chemistry a real kick. And of course there are the musical numbers peppering the plot, some of which are outright spectacular, and we know you’ll be humming the theme song after the lights go up!

— Eric S. Boisvert

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