Posted by Sari
Number six on the 2011 box-office list, this is again a hindi remake of a tamili film. Ajay Devgan is a police officer in a village. He is just and everybody loves him. He also looks fine in uniform, especially as he walks in slow-motion towards camera. Kajal Aggrawal is his love interest, a girl from Goa whose family is originally from Ajay’s village. Things get problematic when Ajay crosses paths with a Goan don and a politician who is mixed up in everything from kidnappings to murders. The don arranges Ajay’s transfer to Goa and begins to harass him. As the police and the political system is in the don's pocket, Ajay has an uphill battle to get the don to justice.
And from the western point of view, he fails. He gets the police department on his side just as the don is elected as minister for the local government. As the police has no evidence against him, and naming him minister makes him virtually untouchable, the police solve the problem by blowing his brain out and staging it as suicide. And as the whole police department is in on it, they naturally get away with it.
If the filmis are anything to go by, the government and police are often corrupt in India, and thus this could be seen as an uplifting story of the police realizing being on the take is not the thing, but as a westerner the total lack of faith in the system is jarring. Also, though I have always liked the menacing aura of Ajay Devgan – not to mention his very impressive stache – the slow-motion battles with very unconvincing throwing people about does make the action more silly than exciting, and as most of the film is about action the whole does not impress. I am probably pretty squarely in the minority, however: Singham has at least three sequels/spin-offs.
Clipper Snore & Peace: Chamomille with lavender and lemon balm. I don't think chamomille and lavender go together that well. The taste is a bit muddled.