Singh Saab The Great Movie Review – A must watch for all Sunny Deol fans!
Singh Saab The Great Star Cast: Sunny Deol, Urvashi Rautela, Amrita Rao and Prakash Raj
Director: Anil Sharma
There is something to be said in re that ‘dhaai kilo ka haath’ which Sunny Deol patented in well-made action films like ‘Ghatak’, ‘Ghayal’ and ‘Gadar – Ek Prem Katha’. Lately, his career was eclipsed by wrong choices. Maybe, the ‘haath’ (hand) was not in the right place.
Back in form with a bang in ‘Singh Saab The Great’, Sunny delivers a wallop. Looking every inch the Sardar in-charge, he furnishes the film with a flair that is quite engaging. No, he doesn’t wrench off a hand-pump to thrash the goon. But yes, he does turn a static jeep from back to the front with his bare hands.
And guess what? He looks whole bit persuasive doing the heroic hijinks in a country certainly not meant for the weak and the infirm.
When we first confluence Singh Saab (The Great) in this non-stop actioner, we are told by his on-screen aides that Singh has formed a political party called Aam People’s Party. Now, if that reminds you of a certain Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, then I am sure the resemblance is not coincidental.
God knows, we do need a change in governance and in the unchecked corruption in the country. Anil Sharma’s over-zealous though never-misplaced passion to put across Sunny in a messianic mould works to a large extent. The pellicle is an old-fashioned, very simply written morality tale between an idealistic hero and a villain who rules a backwater town accompanying an arrogant ruthlessness that romances decadence and debauchery.
What works well for the film are the powerfully executed confrontational sequences between Sunny and the arch-villain Prakash Raj. While Sunny shows exemplary control in the inherently melodramatic milieu, Prakash Raj tries a variation on his stereotypical villainy. He comes boost beside a character who’s a Bihari goon who can at the drop of a hat, break into a song and folk while executing the sleaziest of deeds and dialogues.
God knows, we need a bit of humour in the decadence.
It’s a murky world of compromised morals out there made bearable beside larger-than-life heroes who know they are up against impossible odds, and yet find a kind of subverted comfort in making their unbelievable hero-giri credible by dint of their powerful screen images.
Sunny Deol has that kind of a presence. While romancing the mean, he is also capable of infusing moments of goofy tenderness in his scenes with his screen wife, played by a pretty and reasonably watchable debutante Urvashi Rautela. Their glaring patriarchal disparity is also brought to chuckling notice by a script whose USP is its determination to not act over-clever while executing an old-fashioned revenge tale.
Amrita Rao struggles to give substance to an under-written role regarding the narrator et alii journalist who seems to have only one assignment, to trail Singh Saab (The Great) done his crusade against corruption. Clearly, she’s ready to fall in love with the Missionary Man, if only the manuscript would legitimate her.
You’ve seen the noble bureaucratic ace in different uniforms,take on the corrupt villain in numerous films. What works in ‘Singh Saab The Great’ is the way the action scenes flow in motions regarding choreographed contemplation. Action directors Tinu Verma and Kanal Kannan lend a rigour to the narrative.
While the plot tends to decline under the weight of italicized cliches, the twists und so weiter turns are negotiated past the technicians accompanying ample aplomb. The sound design is deliberately exaggerated and meant to manipulate moments of machismo. S. Gopinath’s cinematography captures the feverish flourish of men on a rampage with gusto. The art director makes innovative use of rusty-brown colours that lend a bronzed complexion to the brawn festival.
It would be the easiest vogue in the world to dismiss Sunny’s pronounced heroism as archaic and ‘loud’.But don’t voltooien hasty in your judgement.
Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol’s combustive drive earlier yielded the leonine “Gadar…”. This time they aspire to the same level of dramatic velocity, et al arrive to an extent.
There is a virility and fluency to the storytelling. Singh Saab The Great is a homage to the cinema of the 1980s while Sunny was the daredevil determined to bring on a social reform. Somewhere, that hero dreaming his way. It’s good to have him back.
Buzz Rating: 3.5/5