80s and 90s saw formula driven movies in Bollywood. These movies saw hordes of Police stories where the good cop was up against a corrupt system and single handedly cleared all the wastes. That was the time when I was born. A little over 2 and half decades hence, I come across another one, Dabanng (it was all S's Salman and style and a super hit) and then another S, SIngham hit the theatre. An old saying: Not all that glitter is gold. A new one says: Not all heroes playing cop in moustache is a Chulbul Pandey. Singham is no Chulbul. I think thats enuf to you off this movie, now for a more detailed post mortem (well i know its not dead, but not far from there).
The story is about a cop Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) who is an inspector in a small village in Maharashtra. His peaceful life as a clean and honest cop sees a violent change when he forces the Crime Lord of Goa (Jaykant Shirke played by Prakash Raj) to come and sign on parole papers. This 'hurts Shirke's ego' so much that he makes sure that Singham gets transferred to Goa so that he can flex his muscle around him and show him his power. What ensues next is Singham's struggle to stay honest and his tryst with the corrupt system. He comes across the story of an honest police officer committing suicide for the lack of evidence to prove himself honest, all for our badman Shirke. Singham promises to change the system. Well whether he does it or not, you have to wait till the end. Before that you have to pass through banal actions, side track into a love story, fight through a few mindless song sequences and relief less comic-relief.
It draws inspirations from various cop movies, a dialogue reminds me of Khakhee "hamari system hi hamari tthokne pe laga hai".
The songs are at best bearable. Sonali Kulkarni is decent, Kajal Aggarwal is average. Prakash Raj is at his ham best. Rohit Shetty sticks to his cars crashing and to-hell-with-gravity action. Story is insipid and actions after a certain point becomes repetitive. Music is at best forgettable. The background score of a lion roaring is too often and at times irritating.
Give it a miss... You wont miss much