THE MOVIES I WATCHED IN THEATER in 2013...and ranked in order i enjoyed...
A Bollywood classic directed by Rodit Shetty. Singham tells the story of sub-inspector Durai Singan who uncovers a scam run by extortionist Vaaganam in which kidnaps children from wealthy families and holds them for ransom. With Singam on his tracks Vaaganam starts to target people dearest to him including his fiancé and close friend Inspecter Ravi. Singan has to stop Vaaganam before he puts any more lives in danger.
An incredibly entertaining film that's all about Ajay Devgn in full-on hero-giri mode, going to town on everyone and everything, defying the laws of physics, having a LION sound cue whenever he does anything awesome or delivers a badass line, that morphs into a crazy apologia for fascism.
The film's denouement is incredibly disturbing and ultimately what makes the film so fascinating. SINGHAM eventually ends up almost being about the death of idealism when faced with corruption and injustice. Singham ends up destroying the corrupt system that's in place, but only does so by actually completely rejecting the idea of ethics, law or justice - what ends up in place of that system is an even more reactionary, morally corrupt…
The most (unintentionally) anti-cop film I've seen in a long time. There's no way the filmmakers intended it, but the ending is deeply cynical as to who cops serve and how they go about achieving "justice."
"Singham" is perhaps the strangest Bollywood action movie I've yet to see. It's very much in the vein of "Dabangg" and "Rowdy Rathore," with a khaki-clad, mustached cop kicking ass in the name of justice. But whereas those aforementioned movies built to a show-stopping finale where the bad guy and his goons got their violent comeuppance, "Singham" ends on an awfully downer note that seems to suggest the only way to fight widespread societal corruption is with more corruption.
While the film's many song-and-dance numbers hold up Singham's character as a paragon of virtue, by the time the credits roll our hero has had to compromise all of his values in order to stop the bad guys. What's worse is…
I want a theme song as awesome as this guys.
Pure, unfiltered and proudly Bollywood MASALA cheese! I laughed my ass off!
Singham is some over-the-top Bollywood action fun. Eventually it gets into disturbing territory, presenting a solution to the problems the characters face that may be just as bad as the ideology they're fighting. This major discrepancy in the values of the "good guys" is however never addressed, and is presented by the filmmakers as not only acceptable, but something to be applauded.
Barring the confusing resolution to the film, this is some crazy fun and I'd recommend it at least as a starting point for those interested in jumping into the pit of insanity that is Indian cinema.
I wanted this to be so good, but like many Bollywood films, the runtime is too long. Sure the intentions for that are good, but this film should really have been an hour forty or something.
Hilarious, ridiculous. That’s it, really.
Singham! Terrible flick, but thoroughly entertaining, because: Holy sh** that dude just flipped a car with his bare hands and pulled the driver out as it was flying over him! There's really nothing else that needs to be said.
He who fights with the lion's paw. - After seeing PK (2014, Hirani), I was eager the explore some more modern Bollywood insanity. In the beginning I though I wouldn't enjoy it, looked liked some godly inspired police propaganda. But after a while it becomes clear that internal decay and corruption become evident. Singham is in his own silly way a likable hero. Silly, cheesy; it's mainly good fun. Keep in mind that modern Indian productions mostly run above 140 minutes.
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On Episode 44, the Super Action Bros. journey to Bollywood and partner with the Head Slappin' Belt Beatin' B.A. that is Singham for Week 2 of International Beatdown Month.
Rohit Shetty is an action packed director often known to make action packed movies. Same with Singham, a remake of Tamil Super Hit Singam, which starred Suriya in the lead role. That movie was fantastic. But as its Rohit Shetty as the director and Ajay Devgn as the hero, they have made it even more entertaining. The film is not a scene by scene copy, but it sounds a different film in various scenes.
Ajay Devgn, to be very honest, has come out with his best performance in this film. Although the role of Singham may have been done by other action heroes, but this role suits him the best. The action scenes are one of the best. The music…
To get this out of the way right now - I don´t like Bollywood movies. Everything is just to colorful, to happy, the song and dance numbers annoy me and the movies in general are much to long.
But from time to time there are some "you have to watch this"- movies and I´m open enough to give them a chance.
Singham got me right from the start - an colorful opening sing and dance number in which our hero - practically named Singham -, a police officer in a little village in Goa gets introduced with his own theme song. Judging from this song he is absolutely perfect, a real straight guy fighting corruption and anything bad. And the…