Review: 'Singh Saab The Great'
There is something to be said about that 'dhai 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 every bit convincing doing the heroic hijinks in a country certainly not meant for the weak and the infirm.
When we first meet 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 rampant 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 film is an old-fashioned, very simply written morality tale between an idealistic hero and a villain who rules a backwater town with 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 up with a character who's a Bihari goon who can at the drop of a hat, break into a song and dance 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 by 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.
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