Singh Is Bliing
|Singh Is Bling|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Prabhu Deva|
|Produced by||Ashvini Yardi|
|Written by||Shiraz Ahmed|
Meet Bros Anjjan
|Edited by||Steven Bernard|
|Distributed by||Pen India Limited (India)|
Eros International (Overseas)
|Box office||est. ₹116 crore|
Singh Is Bliing is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Prabhu Deva. It was produced by Ashvini Yardi and Jayantilal Gada under the banners of Grazing Goat Pictures and Pen India Pvt. Ltd. The film features Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Lara Dutta and Kay Kay Menon in leading roles. Although often misinterpreted as a sequel, it is unrelated to the 2008 film Singh is Kinng which also stars Kumar, hence qualifying as a qausi-sequel. The plot is unofficially copied from korean movie My Wife is a Gangster 3. Few of the scenes were unashamedly copied frame by frame from original.
Raftaar Singh (Akshay Kumar) is a nice and fun-loving but uneducated man, with a mischievous and humorous character. He is thrown out of his home by his father who gives him an ultimatum: if he wants to come back, he must get into business with Kirpal Singh in Goa or marry a fat woman called Sweety. Raftaar chooses the former. Meanwhile, Sara Rana (Amy Jackson) is shown living in Romania with her father, who made bad choices and works for the mafia. Mark, a mafia boss, wants to marry Sara but is rejected by Sara and her father, and shoots Mr Rana in anger. Sara manages to escape to Goa where she hopes to find her estranged mother.
Raftaar meets Kirpal Singh and lies about speaking English in order to get a job taking care of Sara while she is in India. Raftaar and his friends meet Sara at the airport; finding that Sara does not understand Hindi, Raftaar hires a translator, Emily (Lara Dutta). Sara meets Kirpal and feels safe but presumes Raftaar to be a bad guy. Sara's opinion changes when she sees Raftaar helping a woman who was bothered by a bunch of goons. When these goons later come after Raftaar, they are beaten-up by Sara. Emily is shocked to see that Sara can fight, but Sara warns Emily not to reveal about the incident to Raftaar.
Raftaar's friends and Sara become kidnapped by the same goons; Raftaar tries to save them but gets badly beaten. Sara later fights all the goons away and begins to fall for Raftaar. Kirpal feels happy with Raftaar's performance and soon becomes a successful businessman with his help. Mark learns that Sara is in Goa and sends his men to bring her back. Raftaar and Sara try to flee but their car is hit and Raftaar is beaten-up. He later fights them all except for a woman who is beaten-up by Sara. On Kirpal's advice, Raftaar takes Sara to his family home in Punjab.
Sara meets Raftaar's parents, and seeing Raftaar with them she reminisces of her childhood and cheers-up. Raftaar's father asks Sara about her relationship with Raftaar, and she reveals that she is in love with him. Earlier, Emily had handed responsibility to Raftaar to find Sara's lost mother, and they return to Goa where Sara sees her mother with a child, thinking her mother had a second marriage and is happily living her life. Sara decides to go back to Romania, saying she would never return. Raftaar feels heartbroken seeing her leave.
In Romania, Sara finds her father recovering in hospital. Raftaar finds Sara's mother and brings her to Romania, reuniting the family, and Sara confesses her love to Raftaar. Raftaar decides to marry Sara, telling his family and purchasing a cake, flowers and new clothes. He goes to church but is angered when he finds Sara about to marry Mark. Sara refuses to marry Mark, who challenges Raftaar to a fight. Raftaar manages to beat Mark and his men but is shot. Sara is worried that Raftaar may die, but he wakes after remembering the lessons taught by his father and resumes the fight with Mark. Raftaar is able to beat the mafia and Mark, who dies after saying "You're too good, sardaar " (English: 'chieftain' or 'leader'), with Raftaar left hanging by the side of a bridge. Sara and Raftaar confirm their love for each other, and Raftaar is saved and returns to Punjab to celebrate his happiness with his friends, family, and Sara. The film ends with Raftaar and Sara performing a song together.
- Akshay Kumar as Raftaar Singh
- Amy Jackson as Sara Rana
- Kay Kay Menon as Mark
- Lara Dutta as Emily
- Pradeep Rawat as Kirpal Singh
- Anil Mange as Pompy
- Arfi Lamba as Pappy
- Rati Agnihotri as Harpreet Kaur, Raftaar's mother
- Yograj Singh as Raftaar's father
- Kunal Kapoor as Mr. Rana, Sara's Father
- Ali Haidar[disambiguation needed] as the airline passenger (special appearance)
- Prabhu Deva in a special appearance as the man in the washroom and in the song "Singh and Kaur"
In early 2014, it was announced that actor Akshay Kumar and director Prabhudheva would be reuniting for another film after their previous blockbuster, Rowdy Rathore. Soon after, it was confirmed that the film would be titled 'Singh Is Bliing' and was to be produced by Grazing Goat Pictures. Kumar had also shot some scenes with a lion.
After Akshay Kumar was signed for the lead role, Kareena Kapoor was replaced by Kriti Sanon for the female lead. After training for the role, Sanon opted out of the film and was replaced by Amy Jackson.
Principal photography started in early April 2015. Kumar posted a photo on Twitter stating the film's first day shoot. The film started its first day shoot in Patiala. Portions of the film were reportedly shot in Goa in early May 2015. The final portion of the film including the climax was reportedly shot in Romania's Hunedoara Castle in the first week of July.
Objections by Sikh clergy
Shri Akal Takht Jathedar (the highest member of the Sikh clergy), Giani Gurbachan Singh, objected to scenes in the film's trailer. He said that equating Holy Golden Temple with whisky and chicken is highly objectionable, as were film posters which had Kada with inscribed Gurbani shown with semi-clad women. It was appealed that Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee should be consulted by all film producers before producing movies showing Sikh characters, religious places or religious symbols.
Some Sikh organisations raised objections to scenes of the film which contained Kara used as a weapon and the lead character's turban being set on fire. Central Board of Film Certification decided to delete these scenes from the film. Kumar screened the movie for the organisations to ensure nothing that would hurt the Sikh community was shown.
Shubha Shetty Saha from Mid Day described the comedy as "random and silly", but commented that "it is this randomness that also makes it a breezy, entertaining film". Devesh Sharma from Filmfare wrote that filmgoers should "watch the film if you like cornball comedies". Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express, however, was less receptive to the film, which she rated 1.5 stars of 5, expounding, "The only thing which saves it is that it wears its silliness proudly on its hero's 'pug' (turban)".
Rohit Vats from Hindustan Times noted the film's plot holes, poor screenplay and problematic dialogue. Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV wrote, "What is irretrievably amiss with the film is that nothing it says manages to drift anywhere near some degree of coherence." Surbhi Redkar from Koimoi commented, "Akshay Kumar's Singh Is Bliing is enjoyable in parts but as a whole it is not up to the mark. It loses its bling over time and you are just left watching the silly antics of Mr. Singh."
Tushar Joshi from Daily News and Analysis wrote, "Singh is Bliing has some genuinely funny moments and Lara Dutta brings a certain freshness to the film." India TV wrote, "Overall, Singh is Bliing does not disappoint. One steps in expecting mindless humour, entertainment and some fairly good performances and on that front the film delivers. That there would be a spectacular story was never an expectation".
|Singh Is Bliing|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||9 September 2015|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|1.||"Tung Tung Baje"||Sneha Khanwalkar||Sneha Khanwalkar||Diljit Dosanjh, Nooran Sisters||04:43|
|2.||"Singh And Kaur"||Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Raftaar, Big Dhillon||Manj Musik||Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Raftaar||03:30|
|3.||"Cinema Dekhe Mamma"||Wajid, Irfan Kamal||Sajid-Wajid||Wajid Ali, Shaan, Ritu Pathak||04:09|
|4.||"Mahi Aaja"||Manj Musik||Manj Musik||Manj Musik, Sasha||03:20|
|5.||"Dil Kare Chu Che"||Kumaar||Meet Bros||Labh Janjua, Apeksha Dandekar, Meet Bros||03:59|
|6.||"Mahi Aaja" (unplugged version)||Manj Musik||Manj Musik||Arijit Singh||03:39|
|7.||"Singh And Kaur" (remix)||Manj||Manj Musik||Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur||03:37|
|8.||"Mahi Aaja" (remix)||Manj Musik||Manj Musik||Manj Musik, Sasha||03:50|
The film became Kumar's highest-opener, beating the previous record of Brothers as it collected ₹20.67 crore (equivalent to ₹23 crore or US$3.4 million in 2018) net on its opening day. On its second day the film collected ₹14.50 crore (equivalent to ₹16 crore or US$2.4 million in 2018) net. The film collected ₹19.27 crore (equivalent to ₹22 crore or US$3.1 million in 2018) net on its third day, bringing its first weekend total to an estimated ₹54.44 crore (equivalent to ₹61 crore or US$8.9 million in 2018). By the end of its first week, the film collected approximately ₹78 crore (equivalent to ₹88 crore or US$13 million in 2018) net.
The film grossed approximately ₹116.27 crore (equivalent to ₹131 crore or US$19 million in 2018) worldwide by the end of its run.
The film grossed ₹6.52 crore (equivalent to ₹7.4 crore or US$1.1 million in 2018) on first two days of its release overseas.
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