In a recent interview, director Anees Bazmi said that he wants to make "hardcore commercial films". His exact words were: "My basic aim is that the film is a big hit, people make a lot of money, actors can raise their fees and everybody else gets paid more. Maybe 10 critics will write bad things but the lives of 100 people will change." Bazmi clearly does not aspire to create art. And it’s this un-embarrassed, undisguised, undiluted intention to provide a good time that actually makes Singh is Kinng a fun ride.
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Thankfully, unlike Bazmi’s No Entry and Welcome, Singh is superbly silly but not tediously moronic. It’s not a series of episodes patched together. There is a semblance of a story here. Of course it's a totally illogical one. Happy Singh, the local village bumpkin is dispatched to Australia to bring back an errant Sardar who has now become an underworld Don. Through a series of mishaps too convoluted to explain, the don becomes paralysed and Happy takes his place. The good-hearted, bumbling Sardar reforms the goons and eventually, in a scene of inspired lunacy, marries his sweetheart, without quite meaning to. Bazmi and co-writer Suresh Nair keep the gags coming at furious pace. They also weave in several elaborate songs, action sequences and a half-baked message about criminal reform. So even when the fun dips, as it does dangerously in the second half, you don’t have time or the energy to complain. But the glue that holds Singh is Kinng together is Akshay Kumar. Akshay has a great, goofy charm that fits the role perfectly. But he also has an intrinsic cool quotient so Happy Singh is both: a virtuous son of the soil and a trendy turbanator. This is an actor in peak form. Katrina Kaif is required to be an attractive distraction and she does this very well. The supporting cast – Kiron Kher, Om Puri, Sonu Sood and Ranvir Shorey – pitch in and ably buttress the nonsensical proceedings. Singh is Kinng is a pedestrian film. There isn’t a flash of wit or elegance in it. Like Happy Singh, it’s basic, unpretentious and supremely content with itself. I recommend that you sit back and enjoy the ride.