Film: Singh is Kinng
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia
Direction: Anees Bazmee
These are rousing times for Akshay Kumar, the un-anointed king of mainstream masala cinema. He is charismatic, he is exhilarating to watch. Yet, remarkably, he is unassuming with few of the airs. . Akshay is an actor who is good in bad films, and usually better in good films. As is the case here with Anees Bazmee’s film, a film that makes no apologies for its front-on, in-your-face approach. It is deliberately high-pitched. The characters are little more than uni-dimensional: nobody complains. The humour, though often clean, is usually low-brow. Subtleties are neither expected nor provided. The girls – Katrina Kaif and Neha Dhupia – are beautiful. And dumb! They show skin, swing along, ask no impertinent questions. Then, of course, there is Akshay, in a role tailor-made for him, in a performance that has pride and professional poise written all over it. Whether he is sharing corny one-liners with the veteran Om Puri or his linger smiles complementing his mischievous eyes in romantic interludes, he is a winner. Bazmee comes up with the story of a desi, a typical Punjabi lad who goes abroad to bring back another Punjab da puttar . From Punjab to Australia via Egypt! A little faux passé at the boarding desk and lo, the hero ends up in the land of Pyramids, swinging with the curvy Katrina Kaif amidst all the sand dunes. Before one can pronounce the word, ‘pharaoh’ the actions shifts to Australia! How? Well, Bazmee does not let us ask simple questions on geographySuffice that Bazmee keeps things moving swift and sound. The story has a breeze, the detailing adequate for this genre. And all the support cast, including Jaaved Jaaffery, Sonu Sood and Kirron Kher, quietly professional. That’s cool.
But are there some negatives? Well, the music by Pritam. A bit of a disappointment .
ZIYA US SALAM