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Singh Is Kinng : Movie Review

Date: 08/08/2008

Sing Is KinngThe pairing of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif and the names Vipul Shah and Anees Bazme are what are enough to build your trust to watch it with confidence that you will not be disappointed at all. Behind the title of this outing, there is a story as well. This is what happened that Akshay Kumar, during shooting for some film in Punjab, saw a Sardar (Sikh) who was lively and at the back of his truck, there was written 'SINGH IS KINNG'.

Lakhan Singh aka Lucky (Sonu Sood) is the King of the underworld don based in Australia accompanied by his cronies (Javed Jaffrey, Neha Dhupia, Manoj Pahwa, Yashpal Sharma, Kamal Chopra and Sudhanshu Pandey). In a tiny village in Punjab, India, where Lucky was born, Happy Singh (Akshay Kumar), who is large-hearted and notorious and causes chaos everywhere he goes. The villagers conspire to rid the village of Happy and convince him to set off to Australia and bring Lucky back. The happy-go-lucky Happy Singh fastens the belts and luggage and embarks on his journey along with his friend Rangeela (Om Puri).

The duo arrive in Egypt, where Happy bumps into Sonia (Katrina Kaif). He falls in love with her. Things take a shaky turn as he runs into a series of comic misadventures, which leave him penniless. In Australia, he persuades the defiant Lucky to return to his parents in Punjab. Entrenched fully in crimes, Lucky cannot leave for India. Lucky gets injured in a fight and Happy is offered Lucky's place. Now Happy is the King. In a strange turn of events, an attempt on Lucky's life is foiled by a well-intentioned Happy, who fights off the attackers by risking his own life. Following the altercation, Lucky lands up in hospital paralyzed and Happy, unexpectedly, finds the tables turned on him when he is expected to assume the role of the new King.

Sing Is KinngPritam has scored very catchy and hummable tunes, which have become popular already with the listeners. 'Bhootni Ke', 'Jee Karda' and the title track stand tall out of the rest of the album. Cinematography is the one element, which makes the locales of Punjab, Egypt and Australia a real treat to watch. The album has an array of remixed versions. Bas Ek Kinng's remix is a rocking one with Hard Kaur in total mood! Bhootni Ke's remix is crooned by Mika and sounds like an unplugged version. Though not as good as Daler's piece, it turns out a so-so track. It also has DJ Amythi's version, which sounds fine. Talli Hua's mix is strictly okay since the original doesn't click. Hyacinth's remix of Jee Karda sounds ho-hum, the original is way better than the former. Teri Ore has a drab fast version and has nothing great to offer. The album, overall, can be rated a little above average; however, Singh is Kinng is not likely to charm music lovers to a great extent.

The real stars of the movie are the dialogue writers who've written some riot-worthy lines. It's been a long time that I heard words like 'Tuchcha' and 'Bhasudi Ke' (very coloquial terms randomly used in North India). Music is fun for most parts. Soft and romantic Teri Ore emanates lovely feelings from within and its picturisation amidst Egyptian pyramids is brilliant. Talli didn't work for me and as for the much hyped Snoop Dogg version of Singh is Kinng is more a case of 'too much promised...so so delievered'. Akshay's beard and moustache in this song have been tackily done. Ben Nott's cinematography is fantastic and spares too much stylisation.

Sing Is KinngAkshay Kumar takes rapid strides with SINGH IS KINNG. Katrina Kaif looks bewitching and enacts her part with tremendous confidence. Kirron Kher is superb and so is Om Puri. Terrific performances! They compliment Akki so well. Ranvir Shorey is first-rate. Sonu Sood is another actor who's finally getting his due in Hindi films. Javed Jaffrey's character works big time till he does a somersault in the pre-climax. Neha Dhupia is engaging. The nok-jhonk between Sudhanshu Pandey and Yashpal Sharma is perfect. Manoj Pahwa is good.

On the whole, SINGH IS KINNG lives up to the hype and hoopla. By this time Singh is Kinng has already started to crack under the weight of the layers of unreal situations.



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