Singh is Bling full movie review - A blatantly lifted comedy that delivers fair entertainment in its first half but nothing at all in the second, following the set format of SINGH IS KING.
Offering nothing new of any sort, this is again a comedy presenting everything with an over the top Punjabi feel, blindly following a foreign source exactly like they did in SINGH IS KINNG.
- As an individual film of Akshay directed by Prabhudeva ?
The initial sequences of SINGH IS BLING do occasionally make you smile, especially the scenes with a lion that are sure going to appeal the kids. A fair amount of entertainment is offered with Amy entering the scene superbly and Lara surprising one and all in her new hilarious avatar. PlusSunny Leone provides the pleasant shock along with Kay Kay having a strange get up (not suiting him at all) speaking in a wicked tone. A series of jokes portraying Akshay Kumar as a comedian (or a silly person) get evenly placed in the film's first hour engaging the viewers partially. But what eventually turns out to be a winner is the stunning action sequence featuring Amy as the beautiful killer just before it says intermission.
In the second half the film starts sinking with simply nothing to say or deliver either in its story content or execution. In fact the moment the team steps into Punjab it all becomes quite dull with the same old 'seen before' sequences reminding you of Akshay's own NAMASTE London. Amy's added plot with her mother falls flat affecting the film badly and only a few deliberately written dialogues (catering the Sikh sentiments) work marginally post interval along with the action.
To be brief, with everything looking clichéd, served with an unexciting soundtrack and many stale jokes, SINGH IS BLING becomes unbearable post interval and overall cannot be rated as something great coming from the stable of Prabhudeva who is not getting into the 'delivering mode' since his last few films. Moreover revealing it as a 'completely copied product' in the next part of the review, I seriously doubt Prabhudeva had really got anything to say of his own as a director in this particular project.
In the performance section, God knows why Akshay Kumar is so determined to present himself playing such ridiculous characters, whereas he can easily carry a fast paced crime thriller much better as per my personal opinion. Yes, the actor has certainly got a terrific comic timing proved many times before, but serving the same in a poor (repetitive) disguise of a funny Sardar purely points towards his greedy profit motive and nothing else. Thankfully this time we have both Amy Jackson and Lara Dutta making a much better impact than Akshay due to their splendid acts. At one end Amy simply wins over the viewers with her gorgeous looks as well as killing instincts and on the other Lara undoubtedly proves to be the surprise package of the film playing the witty translator. The two equally silly friends of Akshay are not able to contribute much with their forced acts and the same can be said about the supporting cast too including the supremely talented Kay Kay Menon (who remains wasted).
Shot at a lavish and colourful scale, SIB's background score is a bit loud, hugely depending upon the Punjabi theme. Yet it was indeed surprising to hear the identical notes of golden oldie 'Sau Baar Janam Lenge" playing in the backdrop in its second hour. In the soundtrack department SINGH IS BLING doesn't have a song that could lead from the front as it was there in SINGH IS KINNG. The OST heavily relies on two borrowed tracks with 'Tung Tung' being a redone version of the original track created by Sneha Khanwalkar in her MTV program of 2012 that also introduced 'Nooran Sisters' two years before they became famous with the HIGHWAY 'Jugni' track.
Besides, "Aaja Mahi" remains a reworked version of RDB group's more than 6-7 years old song that was also performed by Akshay in a Bollywood award function a few years back.
- As a blatant copy of the Korean film -
Questionably directed by Prabhudeva this is a complete scene to scene lift from the Korean film MY WIFE IS A GANGSTER 3 (2006) as if made by a loyal follower of Korean cinema. Now whether this is an official remake or not, that has not been disclosed. But it better be, since only an official remake can go on adapting the original so shamelessly as seen in SINGH IS BLING.
- Addressing the Punjabi community -
Watching films like SINGH IS BLING, I am forced to ask a question from my fellow Punjabi (Sikh) community, that often in social networks and in real life too I meet people who feel offended when someone cracks a joke on Sardars with the reference of names like Santa-Banta and more. The feeling of getting offended is not completely wrong if the matter goes beyond control projecting Sikhs as just clowns, laughing at anything and everything like some dumb characters.
But I frankly fail to understand that what happens to those people when the same kind of fun is being made by a known name so bluntly in a Bollywood film? In other words why they don't get offended watching a Hindi film star making fun of their personality on the screen just like it is done in all Santa-Banta jokes. (For reference just check the "Aa Mamma" song with proper bearded Sikhs moving their heads in an idiotic manner sitting behind the romancing Akshay.)
In all, walking on an identical path, SINGH IS BLING is nothing but a similar re-packaged (copied) product made just to earn some quick weekend bucks at the box office. However it still deserves a few extra brownie points in comparison just because of Amy & Lara alone, to give them their much deserving due.