Singh Saab The Great movie review: Sunny Deol’s dhai kilo ka haath still packs a punch!

The jodi of actor Sunny Deol and director Anil Sharma is back for a fourth time with Singh Saab The Great and the duo has tried to give the audience an earnest film. Though the story could have been tighter, Sunny paaji’s action avatar makes up for it

Director Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol have delivered three hit films together so far –Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and Apne. And we can safely say that they are back with a bang with Singh Saab The Great. The movie is about an honest collector Saranjit Singh Talwar (Sunny Deol) who believes in doing the right thing and does so till he is transferred to Bhadori – a small town in Uttar Pradesh. This is when Bhoodev Singh (Prakash Raj), the baddie in the film, comes into the picture. While Saranjit believes in the power of truth, Bhoodev thinks the ultimate power is money. Like any politician, Bhoodev is corrupt, powerful and does every wrong thing possible. But Saranjit gets in his way each time to make things tough for him. In their fight, it is Saranjit’s wife (Uravashi Rautela) who bears the brunt of the enmity and dies. Things take a turn for the worse when the Bhadori collector is accused of bribery and is jailed. Seven years later Saranjit, with a help of his cop friend manages to get out of jail and changes his identity. Now he is known as Singh Saab, whose motto is not ‘badla’, but ‘badlav’. But does he manage to change society and most importantly, Bhoodev Singh? Watch the film to find out.

What’s good about Singh Saab The Great?

Without a doubt, it has to be Sunny Deol’s performance. Even though he is in his late ‘50s, Sunny still manages to do action sequences amazingly well. His dhai kilo ka haath yet again entertains us…and how! He is one actor who actually makes action stunts look believable. Another highlight of the film is its dialogue. An angry Sunny mouthing dhansoo lines like ‘Bali hamesha bakre ki di jaati hai, sher ki nahi’ is a treat to watch. And though the story could have been more crisp, I enjoyed watching it coz there is different atmosphere when you enter a Sunny Deol film. It’s like watching a cricket match. Every time Mr Deol fights or says a dhamaakedar line, the audience goes crazy and claps and whistles. That’s what made my experience enjoyable. Besides Sunny, Prakash Raj has delivered a solid performance. In fact, he gives worthy takkar to the ultimate action hero. His scenes with Sunny Deol are to watch out for. They make a perfect hero-villain jodi!

Amrita Rao as a journalist does well. Urvashi Rautela has nothing much to do in the film and after a point you forget why she is there at all…and then she is dead. Johny Lever makes you laugh in places.

What’s bad about Singh Saab The Great?

The most important thing: the story. While Anil Sharma’s concept is good, he fails to execute it properly. Also, the love angle between Sunny and Urvashi doesn’t fit into the plot seamlessly. The film gets boring in between, though never when Sunny is in the frame. Apart from the title track sung by Sonu Nigam and his sister Teesha Nigam, none of the other songs are too appealing. There is an item number too, but the only thing which makes that tolerable is Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj’s dancing. It fun to watch them, trust us!


Singh Saab The Great is a typical Sunny Deol film and if you are a fan of the actor, you wouldn’t mind watching it. If you want to watch a film with your family that isn’t a remake, is full of action and has plenty of drama, this one is perfect.

PS: It was nice to see so many old people in the theatre. A rare sight these days, considering the kinds of films that are being made, hai na?

Rating:3 out of 5

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Shanti, Tulsi, Shaktiman: Who should come back to Indian TV?

To celebrate World Television Day this week, take a look at the best TV shows over the last five decades. Which one do you think should make a comeback? Tell us….

In a country that is hugely dominated by Bollywood, Indian television has given its audience some of the biggest and most evergreen shows ever. Some of them are still running, while others are now off air, but each is memorable, for the characters they created and the actors who played them. Don’t you remember Mandira Bedi – now Nikita Rai on Anil Kapoor’s 24 – as Shanti? Or Smriti Irani as Tulsi Virani onKyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi? And of course, there was Mukesh Khanna asShaktiman – he was last seen as the Diwan patriarch on Pyaar ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara. We do. Stroll with us down memory lane and share your thoughts with us….

Shanti - Missing the signature tune that played in the afternoon in almost every Indian household? You definitely are still hung up on Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani, telecast on DD National. The show revolved around a young journalist and her aspirations of writing the biographies of two friends from a big Bollywood production house. Wasn’t Mandira Bedi far better as Shanti than in the cricket commentary box?

Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi – If you walked through a residential colony around 10:30 pm a few years ago, all you would have heard would be the signature tune of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The serial produced by TV queen Ekta Kapoor was a family saga and portrayed the emotional tensions between a newlywed bride and her mother-in-law. It was a huge hit with housewives who could relate to every aspect of the story. If you watch Smriti Irani give a speech as a BJP politician and you exclaim, ‘Tulsi aa gayi!’ you definitely still have the Kyunki hangover.

Ramayan – Once upon a time not too long ago people woke up on Sunday morning and made a beeline for the TV set at 9 am. Were you one of them? And do you find yourself drifting towards the idiot box just before 9 every Sunday? If yes, you have not lost the Ramayan habit. Based on the Hindu epic Ramayan and Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas, the show was created, written and directed by Ramanand Sagar. It was so popular that the entire nation watched it and remembered every line. The streets would be empty, the city, silent. Those were the days….

Mahabharat – Do you watch Puneet Issar as Parshuram in the new Mahabharat and wonder how he would look as Duryodhan? You have company; many people we know miss the oldMahabharat. Based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata, this was once the largest crowd puller afterRamayan went off air. This epic serial depicted societal values and helped people choose between good and bad. The tale may have been millennia old, but the freshness in the narrative brought the characters to life and left an indelible impression on the collective mind of the Indian audience.

Kaun Banega Crorepati – The most celebrated game show on Indian television is based on the UK’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and for one season by Shah Rukh Khan, brought big screen stars to the idiot box. Amitabh made his first appearance on the small screen as host of the show and it proved to be a big turnaround in his then-sagging career. The last episode of latest season has just been shot, and Bachchan’s baritone inviting ‘Aaiye hum aur aap khelte hai Kaun Banega Crorepati’ still echoes!

Hum Log – Do you remember Ashok Kumar’s iconic voice intoning Hindi couplets and limericks? If yes, you definitely are missing Hum Log, the first Indian soap opera. It became immensely popular soon after it started airing. The story revolved around an Indian middle-class family in the 1980s, describing their daily struggles and aspirations. Tell us – which characters do you remember most? Are you watching the reruns?

Shaktiman – Remember how, as a child, you would run back from the playground on a Sunday morning at 11:50 to watch the first Indian superhero story at noon? Long before Krrish, there wasShaktiman. Created by Dinker Jani and Mukesh Khanna, the show was made to entertain children and teach them a sense of right and wrong, dos and don’ts. Shaktiman created a lot of controversy, as children started aping the antics shown in the hope that Shaktiman would arrive to save them just in time. Will he come back to save us from mundane TV shows?

CID – The longest running Indian television series – it’s been going for over 16 years – is a prime audience puller even today. The show showcases the Crime Investigation Department (CID) bureau and its working. The characters in the show are so popular that their words are often used as jokes. ‘Daya, darwaza tod do!’, anyone?

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Bigg Boss 7: Has Armaan Kohli’s mother accepted Tanishaa Mukherji as her bahu?

Looks like Armaan’s pyaari mum has accepted Kajol’s baby sister as her bahu. Read on to know more…

Tanishaa Mukherji and Armaan Kohli’s chemistry in Bigg Boss 7 has been the much talked and written about thing. There have been times when the two have indirectly confessed about their feelings to each other.

Now that Kushal Tandon has returned to the house, Armaan and Tansihaa have a reason to rejoice. What is the connection, you ask? Kushal who re-entered the glass walled house yesterday, brought along with him some gifts for the housemates which he has carefully selected for everyone.

We have heard that in those gifts, there was special gift for Tanishaa-Armaan from Armaan’s mother. “Bigg Boss contestant Armaan Kohli’s mother Nishi Kohli sent a special message through Kushal. She said that she is very fond of Tanishaa as she is a very nice girl and also asked him to give her a nice hug and kiss from her side,” informs our bitchy birdie from Lonavala.

Well, it looks like Armaan’s mother has already accepted Tanishaa as her bahu, but will Tanishaa’s mother Tanuja will accept Armaan as her damaad? Well, we think you already know the answer

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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein movie review: No romance or comedy in this rom-com!

The Imran Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer is supposed to be a romantic comedy. Unfortunately, it is merely an insipid mess…

First things first. Punit Malhotra cannot direct rom-coms…period. The filmmaker tried to do a Karan Johar in I Hate Luv Storys and almost nailed it, but with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, he failed miserably.

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is the story of Sriram Venkat (Imran Khan), a young man who doesn’t value relationships, family or friends, and Dia Sharma (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who is a hardcore social activist who wants to change the world. They meet and fall in love over one wedding song and numerous social revolts. The attraction initially is physical, but later becomes emotional and veers into complex territory, resulting in a clash of ideas and ideals, which drives them apart. However, Sriram soon realises that he is not over Dia and still loves her. But it’s too late for him; Dia has moved on and now lives in a village called Jhumli near Gujarat where she is playing Mother India to the locals. Like a perfect lover, Sriram arrives in Jhumli to take back Dia home and show her that he is a changed man. But she refuses to go with him. Now since there has to be a happy ending – it is a Dharma Productions movie – Sriram is successful in wooing Dia after a lot of maar-dhaaad and conflict.

Kareena is eye catching in her appearance. Unlike the typical social activists who’ve graced the Bollywood frame in drab and rustic costumes, Kareena is always well turned out in colourful outfits and nicely manicured nails. Imran, on the other hand, doesn’t impress at all. Come on, we have to say that the guy cannot act, no matter how hard he tries! The two look good together, but they seem uninterested and passionless. Newbie Shraddha Kapoor has an extended cameo in the film, and we have no complaints about her. She is adorable and does her part well. Anupam Kher’s character has grey shades, but hey, he is spotlessly impressive.

Punit has given us a blend of rural and urban India with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, but has desperately tried to do a Karan Johar and failed. Clearly, Karan’s brand of romance isn’t rocket science, but it does require some talent to pull it off. You will have to agree that texturing love sagas in a glossy setup is an art that only Karan has mastered, with Shahrukh Khan standing strong by his side. And if Punit’s directorial duties weren’t arduous enough, he doubles as writer to assist Arshad Syed on the screenplay and dialogue, penning the most bakwaas and insipid lines ever. Even his lame trick of borrowing fun dialogues or scenes from Bollywood hit romances isn’t noteworthy.

The music of the film, Punit claimed in an interview, is apparently Vishal-Shakhar’s best work till date. Frankly, the composers have done much better.

Sadly, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is supposed to be a rom-com, but it’s not. It’s supposed to have peppy dance numbers, but it doesn’t. It’s supposed to have some stellar performances by Imran and Kareena, but it doesn’t. You are supposed to watch this film? No, you aren’t!

Rating:2 out of 5

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Gunday first teaser: Ranveer Singh-Arjun Kapoor the new Jai-Veeru of Bollywood!

Finally the much-awaited teaser of Gunday is finally out and we are maha impressed with it

Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer Gunday looks promising. Though we didn’t get to see the Exotic babe, we aren’t complaining coz Singh and Kapoor are a treat to watch in the trailer. The movie is set in 1971 and going by the teaser it looks like director Ali Abbas Zafar has managed to create ‘70s era in his film. While watching the video, Ranveer and Arjun did remind us of Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) of Sholay. From the background music to Irrfan Khan’s voice over, all most everything syncs well in the first teaser of Gunday. However, the cinematography of Zafar’s film will instantly remind you of Danny Boyle’s Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire – especially during the train scenes. Watch the teaser and you will agree with us.

While Ranveer is already riding high on the success of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, wethinks the actor will notch it up with Gunday. On the other hand, the Kapoor lad looks good as well but if you ask us, it is RS who caught our attention in the trailer.

After watching the first teaser, we are now eager to see Ms Chopra and what the makers have in store for us. For now, Bollywoodlifers, you watch the teaser and share your views!
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