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For the 2010 original Tamil film, see Singam.
Singham
Singham (2011 Hindi film) Theatrical poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rohit Shetty
Produced by Reliance Entertainment
Written by Sajid – Farhad
Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal
Story by Hari
Based on Singam
by Hari
Starring Ajay Devgan
Kajal Aggarwal
Prakash Raj
Music by Ajay-Atul
Cinematography Dudley
Edited by Steven H. Bernard
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • 22 July 2011 (2011-07-22)
Running time 142 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Marathi
Budget INR20 crore (US$3.3 million)[1]
Box office INR140 crore (US$23 million)[2][3]

Singham (Hindustani pronunciation: [sɪnɡʱəm] "Lion") is a 2011 Bollywood action film directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Ajay Devgan, Kajal Aggarwal and Prakash Raj in lead roles. It is a remake of the 2010 Tamil blockbuster Singam featuring Suriya and Anushka Shetty. The film is produced under Reliance Entertainment, which co-produced the original Tamil movie. The theatrical trailer was released with Ready on 3 June 2011. The film released on 22 July 2011, and received extremely good response worldwide. It turned out to be a Blockbuster at the box office, and became one of the highest grossing movies of 2011.

Plot[edit]

Singham opens with an honest police officer in Goa, Rakesh Kadam (Sudhanshu Pandey), committing suicide because of false accusations of corruption by Jaikant Shikre (Prakash Raj), a don and politician in Goa running a kidnapping racket. Kadam's wife Megha Kadam (Sonali Kulkarni) vows revenge.

The story moves to Shivgarh, a small village near the Goa-Maharashtra border. Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgan), an honest Maratha police inspector like Kadam, is in charge of the Shivgarh police station. He resolves most of the problems in his town informally and without filing charge sheets, thereby gaining much reputation and love from the villagers. Gautam Bhosle ("Gotya," Sachin Khedekar) is an industrialist and a friend of Singham’s father Manikrao Singham (Govind Namdeo). He comes to Shivgarh with his wife and daughter Kavya (Kajal Aggarwal). Eventually Singham and Kavya fall in love with each other. Their courtship takes place through a series of comic events where she initially hates him and then has a change of heart when she sees his honest and simple nature.

Everything seems to run smoothly until Jaikant, who is given a conditional bail for a murder he committed, is required to travel to Shivgarh to sign the bail every fortnight. He, instead, sends one of his allies to do the formalities, much to the anger and rage of Singham who demands Jaikant sign the bail in person. Humiliated, Jaikant reaches Shivgarh but is unable to take any revenge on Singham fearing the wrath of villagers. Using his political contacts, he gets Singham transferred to Goa to take revenge.

Singham, unaware of Jaikant’s hand behind his transfer, joins Colva police station. His co-workers, Sub-Inspector Phadnis (Vineet Sharma), Sub-Inspector Abbas (Ankur Nayyar), Head Constable Savalkar (Ashok Saraf) hate Jaikant for his crimes but are unable to take any action because of Jaikant’s political powers. DSP Patkar (Murli Sharma), Singham's senior, is on Jaikant's payroll and takes care in concealing and eliminating the evidence of Jaikant’s crime from the eyes of the law. Singham tries to take this to the notice of DGP Vikram Pawar (Pradeep Velankar) but it turns out to be of no use as there is no evidence against Jaikant and Patkar. The local minister Anant Narvekar (Anant Jog) does not help Singham and, in turn, he warns him to stay away from Jaikant's case. Defeated Singham wants to return to his hometown but is stopped by Kavya who encourage him to fight against the evil and not run like a coward.

Being mentally tortured by Jaikant, Singham arrests Jaikant’s top lieutenant Shiva (Ashok Samarth) in a fake case of illegally smuggling alcohol. He thwarts off DSP Patkar in full view of the public when Patkar, bounded by his duties to Jaikant, tries to protect Shiva. Meanwhile, Megha Kadam, after being ridiculed by DGP Pawar and minister Narvekar for her corrupt husband’s death, seeks help from Singham to abolish the corruption charges against her husband; he obliges. Jaikant kidnaps Kavya’s younger sister for ransom. Rescuing her, Singham successfully traces the origins of the kidnapping racket to Jaikant but is unable to arrest him as he wins an election and becomes a minister of Goa.

Jaikant, sends transfer orders to Singham to go back to Shivgarh. That night at a police function organized for the officers with their family, Singham confronts the officers for not abiding to their duties and being dishonest and unfaithful to their profession by protecting Jaikant. At first, the officers disagree with Singham, but filled with guilt, the officers decide to help Singham fight Jaikant. They reach his home to kill him, with DGP Pawar and Patkar, now in support with Singham. Jaikant eventually escapes but, after running through the city, he is arrested by the police the next morning. They bring him to the police station and shoot him dead on the same chair where Inspector Rakesh Kadam shot himself. Then they threaten Shiva to change his statement. Jaikant and Minister Narvekar are proved guilty. At a media conference, DGP Pawar and Singham clear Kadam of all corruption charges.

The film ends with Singham and other police officers saluting Mrs. Kadam.

Cast[edit]

Character Map of Remakes[edit]

Singam (2010)
(Tamil)
Singham
(Hindi)
Kempe Gowda (2011)
(Kannada)
Shotru (2011)
(Bengali)
Surya Sivakumar Ajay Devgn Sudeep Jeet
Anushka Shetty Kajal Agarwal Ragini Dwivedi Nusrat Jahan
Prakash Raj Prakash Raj Ravi Shankar Supriyo Dutta

Production[edit]

After the success of the Tamil film Singam, directed by Hari in 2010, the film's remake rights were sold by the producers for Hindi and Kannada versions. The co-producers of the Tamil version, Reliance Big Pictures purchased the Hindi remake rights and announced in November 2010 that the version would feature Rohit Shetty as director and Ajay Devgan in the lead role.[4] Prakash Raj was signed on to reprise his role as the antagonist from the original, whilst reports emerged that Asin and Anushka Shetty were being considered for the female lead role.[5] Anushka strongly refused the offer, stating that she didn't want to work in Bollywood, and that she will never do it. She was then replaced by Kajal Aggarwal, another actress who predominantly featured in South Indian films.[6][7]

Singham went on floors in November 2010, with its scheduled cast. The first schedule began in early March 2011 with action sequences shot in Goa featuring technicians from South India.[8][9]

A scene with Prakash Raj and Ajay Devgan was shot in Goregaon in Mumbai with around 500 junior artists as villagers. Another scene was shot at Vagator in Goa for which 100 police jeeps were called.[10] Shooting was stalled by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) members who demanded INR45 lakh to be paid to the workers when it was being shot in Film City in Mumbai.[11]

Release[edit]

Reliance Entertainment released Singham on 22 July 2011 in 2000 screens worldwide with 1500 prints excluding overseas.[12]
The film's DVD was released on 23 August 2011. The Delhi High Court, upon Reliance Entertainment's request, issued an order to all Indian ISPs to block file sharing sites to prevent piracy of Singham.[13]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Based on 93 reviews, review aggregate site desimartini.com gave the film the verdict, "A shout out to yesteryear masala movies, Singham is an out and out action entertainer with Ajay Devgan reminding us of his old action films, while Prakash Raj gives another solid performance. If masala movies amuse you, go for it!" The site's average audience rating is 3.0/5.[14]

Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India gave it four out of five stars and stated "Singham is over-the-top retro kitsch, spilling over with high-voltage stunts, slow-motion action cuts and fiery dialogues delivered in high decibels. It is meant for all those action buffs interested in time travel to the angry young 1970s and 1980s when cinema was larger-than-life and totally unrealistic. But then, retro is currently chic, isn't it?"[15] Komal Nahta of Koimoi gave it four and a half stars out of five stars and said "On the whole, Singham is a powerful action-emotional drama which boasts of equally powerful dialogues and absolutely power-packed performances. It’s a super-hit and will be loved by the masses and the classes, the men and the women, the young and the old, the rich and the poor. It is the kind of film which consumes the viewer and gives him the feeling that he was part of the fight against corruption! The film has immense repeat-value. Its business in Maharashtra will get a further boost because of the liberal use of Marathi in the dialogues. Kaajal Aggarwal acts with effortless ease. Her performance is good."[16]
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the four and a half stars out of five and said "Singham pays homage to the action films of 1970s, which was known for the heroism, death-defying action sequences and pulse pounding thrills. It's an acknowledgement to one of the most successful genres of Bollywood – action movies – known for the trademark good versus evil themes and well choreographed stunts."[17] Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV also gave four out of five stars and said "Singham is an old-fashioned but rousing Hindi commercial film that pretty much restores one’s faith in this often-maligned brand of cinema. It has super-duper hit written all over it. No matter how dismissive you might be of films that have no space for shades of grey, chances are that Singham will disarm you, if only for a bit."[18] Shivesh Kumar of IndiaWeekly awarded the movie 4 out of 5 stars.[19]

Nikita Kapoor of FilmiTadka rated it with three out of five stars and wrote in her review "Singham will do very well in single screen theatres and lovers of commercial potpourri will definitely get their money's worth, though it looks tacky at some points, excessive Marathi usage is also incomprehensible, has a typical south Indian film feel, and a scene by scene copy of original, still it entertains. Kajal looked pretty, and delivers her city-based yet traditional girl character confidently."[20] Dailybhaskar gave a score of three stars out of five and said "The action takes over the romance in the film. Go for it, if you want to catch one hell of an action flick! "[21]

Sukanya Venkatraghavan from Filmfare gave two stars out of five and said "Singham is a film that will invoke wolf whistles and applause from its audience. It is gloriously massy. The movie knows its job and does it well. It does nothing out of the box to grab your attention and yet it does. Pretty easily. Watch it for its robust potboiler personality. With extra masala as garnish. Ajay Devgan pulls out all stops for this one. He is fierce and impactful. This is his show all the way. His quirky forte for comedy too comes forth in the ubiquitous ha ha sequences with leading lady Kajal Aggarwal who looks pretty and has done what she has been told to, but probably deserved a meatier debut."[22] Kaveree Bamzai from India Today gave three out of five stars and deemed that "Mr Devgn tries hard, growling like a singham, and acting like a superman, but I was more interested in Prakash Raj's two tone Al Capone shoes."[23] Raja Sen from Rediff gave one and a half stars out of five and said "All I can personally say about this trend of remaking one-note Southern hits as a viewer is that it's an exhausting one. It is in the tiny victories that we must seek refuge after a film like this: I'm just glad the hero, so eager to peel off his uniform, left his pants on."[24] Sudhish Kamath from The Hindu said "The original wasn't the best film around but it had a few smarts, pace and fury, and worked despite its cheesy visual effects purely because of Suriya who made the corniest lines sound good. Devgn does exactly the opposite. He takes some half-decent lines (by Farhad and Sajid) and makes them sound cheesy."[25]

Shubha Shetty Saha from MiD DAY gave the film a score of two stars and deemed that "Nothing turns director Rohit Shetty on more than cars meeting mid air. We all know that by now. And this film has some breath taking action sequences, too. That's about it is."[26] Meenakshi Rao from The Pioneer describes the film as "the David Dhawan of action, or for that matter the Golmaal of fights. To keep the audience engaged all through such unending babble needs some kind of acumen which normal people do not always have and through which people like Rohit Shetty get to make a whole lot of money, if not sense." giving it seven out of ten stars.[27] Kunal Guha from Yahoo! Movies gave two stars and says that "The film's assumption that mispronunciation is funny makes us endure words like honest (with a loud 'h'), clean cheet (clean chit), noun-saans (nonsense) and sooocide (suicide). The dialogues are spouted with immense enthusiasm but the words defuse the intensity and make them seem trivial. Devgn does a fair job and conveys sufficient conviction and humility through his character. Kajal Aggarwal makes an unobjectionable debut and her eyes would surely inspire a few compliments."[28]

Box office[edit]

Singham started extremely well at single screens with occupancy around 90% and was average at multiplexes with 50%–60% occupancy,[29] In the first four days, the film collected INR350 million (US$5.8 million).[30][31] After five days, the earnings were around INR407.5 million (US$6.8 million) without any drop.[32] The opening week gross collections were INR442 million (US$7.3 million) in India and INR35 million (US$580,000) from overseas to fetch a total opening week gross of INR477 million (US$7.9 million), thus putting the nett weekend collections at INR475.7 million (US$7.9 million),[1][33] including INR120 million (US$2.0 million) in Mumbai area alone. In the second week, it collected INR263.4 million (US$4.4 million) nett to take the total two-week net collections at INR777.4 million (US$13 million).[34] The film is currently the sixth highest second week grosser.[35] The third weekend collections were estimated to be INR82.0 million (US$1.4 million).[36] After three weeks, the nett collections amounted to INR861.7 million (US$14 million).[37] It collected INR65.0 million (US$1.1 million) in its fourth week bringing its collections to INR926.7 million (US$15 million) in four weeks.[38] Singham earned INR980.0 million (US$16 million) nett in India, at the end of its theatrical run.[39]

The film grossed over INR1400 million (US$23 million) worldwide.[2][3] It was given a blockbuster verdict by Box Office India. In Mumbai, the film earned INR460 million (US$7.6 million)and remains among the top five in terms of distributor's share.[39]

Soundtrack[edit]

Singham
Soundtrack album by Ajay-Atul, Chandan Sharma
Released 19 June 2011
Genre Film soundtrack
Label T-Series

The music of the film is composed by Ajay-Atul with lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Maula Maula"   Kunal Ganjawala, Richa Sharma 04:04
2. "Saathiya"   Shreya Ghoshal, Ajay Gogavale 05:10
3. "Singham"   Sukhwinder Singh 05:50
4. "Maula Maula – Remix"   Kunal Ganjawala, Richa Sharma 03:44
5. "Saathiya – Remix"   Shreya Ghoshal, Ajay Gogavale 05:00
6. "Singham – Remix"   Sukhwinder Singh 03:23

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 2/5 stars[40]
Planet Bollywood 5.5/10 stars[41]

The album was panned by music critics. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama awarded the album two stars out of five and said "Singham turns out to be a fine album though one does feel that there could have been much more than just three songs here. While 'Saathiyaa' is the pick of the lot and has the potential to play on beyond the theatrical run of the film as well, title song "Singham" brings in the right mood despite its setting. However given the fact that the film is not quite a musical and the focus would be primarily on pushing its action flavour, the album would find it tough to make much of a mark commercially."[40] Tanuj Manchanda of Planet Bollywood gave the album five and a half stars citing that "Ajay-Atul produces a satisfactory soundtrack, after their first attempt in Virudh and shows their versatility in a short span of 3 songs. One looks forward to their forthcoming venture My Friend Pinto which will be their second Bollywood film as composers. Overall, the songs are decent and have the ability in them to become a success. It will help in enhancing the film's narrative."[41]

Controversies[edit]

Protests in Karnataka[edit]

Singham had been removed from cinemas in Karnataka while some cinemas had cancelled the shows following pressure from various groups protesting against derogatory statements against the Kannadigas. Various organisations raised voices against the anti-Kannadiga dialogues in Singham and the film which was released faced problems in continuing with the shows. There was a demand to remove such scenes from the film and the filmmakers contemplated on the next course of action.

Singham commenced in Karnataka after the removal of some "objectionable" dialogues, a day after disruptions in its screening.[42]

Sequel[edit]

Director Rohit Shetty announced his plans for Singham 2, and how it was expected to start filming soon after the release of his directorial film Chennai Express (2013). The film is now expected to release on 15 August 2014, under the title of Singham Returns, with Ajay Devgn reprising his title role from the prequel.[citation needed]

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