Movie Review Singh Saab the Great: Actors such as Ranjit Kapoor, Yashpal Sharma, Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever, Amrita Arora not used properly.
Sunny Deol (Actor) + Anil Sharma (Director) + Shaktimaan (Writer) = Gadar Ek Prem Katha (Movie)
The above was the last successful equation between these three. Not to say it striked the cord with Indian movie goers as well. Interestingly, many years down the road, the same formula has worked again. Sing Saab The Great has all the same ingredients as Gadar, except for additional inclusion of contemporary issues such as corrupt system, politics, bureaucracy, transfers.
And it will be realistic to say, Singh Saab The Great managed to weave the Gadar Magic.
Singh Saab (Sunny Deol) is a social reformer cum social activist. He runs a non political pressure group, PEOPLE BEAT. He loves to preach people for change. He’s not particularly a fan of revenge. He quotes famous Indian Historic personalities liberally. Notable ones being swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat singh etc.
In his crusade for a positive change; Singh Saab reaches Bhadori, ruled by Bhoodev (Prakash Raj), a local goon with political backing. Giving the script a super villainous twist, Bhoodev loves to call himself as bhooton ka dev (The Lord of the Ghosts).
Singh Saab is accompanied by a fearless journalist, played by Amrita Rao. She documents Singh Saab’s journey for change. Here the movie gets into flashback, where the audience gets to know about Singh Saab’s dark past as Saranjeet Singh Talwar, a clean shaven Sunny.
Saranjeet, an IAS officer committed to fight against corruption, lands in Bhadori. A conflict ensues between Bhoodev and Saranjeet. There is a romantic dimension in the movie well; that between Saranjeet and lovely teenaged bride Minnie (Urveshi Rautela). The Saranjeet Bhoodev rivalry ensues destructive incidents for the young IAS. He loses his wife and career, gets jailed on corruption charges and has to suffer loads of hardships.
How Saranjeet becomes Singh Saab and how he betters the life of Bhadori, makes the movie Singh Saab The Great interesting.
The movie is all about Sunny Deol. He performance justifies his name. One thing is specific about Sanjay Dutt and Sunny deol: They are as good as the director. If the director is good, they are great, reverse is equally true.
Sunny Deol as an IAs officer and Singh Saab is convincing. Prakash Raj, who has made his name as a tough baked villain badie is good as well. Only flaw with him being, getting typecast for such kind of roles.
Urvashi Rautela looks stunning as Saranjeet’s young bride. She manages to portray the much required vulnerability as well.
What the movie Lacked
The director has given too much screen time to Sunny Deol. This has cut short other characters in the movie. Actors such Ranjit kapoor (jailor), Yashpal Sharma, Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever and Amrita Arora must be used properly. Else, what is the use of employing them in movie?
Those who liked Gadar will like the movie. Although the resemblance with Gadar ends with Sunny Deol itself. The movie Singh Saab The Great is much nearer to another Sunny Deol starrer Big Brother.
Those who love Sunny Deol will love it too. That apart, the movie is inspired by many real life incidents in Indian politics and bureaucracy (for instance, Bihar Cadre IAS late Gautam Goswami, who was jailed in corruption charges). In addition, after a much gap, there came a movie which is not particularly inspired by some Hollywood and south Indian flick. A Hindi heartland viewer will clearly see the political and bureaucratic machinations of Northern India.
Anil Sharma may this time have taken the Prakash Jha like issue; but his treatment is much different.