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Singh is Kinng – Movie Review

August 11, 2008

Singh is King (directed and written by Anees Bazmee) isn’t copied, but it has to be inspired by something, right? This one was apparently inspired by a tag line read by Akshay Kumar at the back of a truck – Singh is King! And voila! A film was born. Considering that we have many such lines at the back of trucks, rickshaws and taxis, you can imagine the fodder Bollywood script writers have to chew on. In fact it got me wondering whether Bazmee, who also directed the hit No Entry, got his idea from this rickshaw…


Script writers are also often helped along by pre-decided venues (not to mention songs). In Singh is Kinng the venues chosen were Egypt and Australia. The film is almost entirely shot in these two countries.

What’s it about? (no spoilers)
The film is about a group of friends (mostly Sikhs) from a village in Punjab. Some have made it big (in Australia) while others are at the village doing nothing much with their lives. Akshay Kumar plays a rustic character at this village and his character is “Happy”, both in name and spirit. The successful munda is in Australia and is called Lucky (played by Sony Sood) but as we find out he isn’t very lucky, although he is King (of the underworld), and nor is he happy. In fact Happy isn’t lucky to have around either, although he does become King. If that doesn’t make sense, it isn’t meant to. There is no attempt at realism in the film and that results in some ludicrous situations which provide the comedy. Some hilarious moments there.

This movie portrays Sikh culture, their bravery and their helpful and kind nature. Although this is showcased in the form of a comedy I don’t think it denigrates Sikhs in anyway. The movie was shown to some religious authorities before its release and some scenes re-shot. We don’t know which parts were re-shot but perhaps it was the scene where Happy Singh explains why he had to partially shave off his beard. Well, not everything that was demanded was re-shot and some people still have objections to the film. As a non-Sikh, but someone who has known Sikhs since childhood, I think the film is a superficial portrayal of Sikh culture, but well, it wasn’t meant to be anything else. It’s a comedy after all. But I think for those who don’t know Sikhs, it will send a positive message.
In fact there were positive messages throughout the film. Underneath the ridiculousness of the convoluted story, there is a strong message about Good vs. Evil.

The music is alright but unfortunately in the cinema hall we saw it in (PVR) the audio was on too loud. At times we had to put our fingers in our ears…I think cinema theatres in India are going to make a lot of people go deaf.

Characters and actors
There is a plethora of characters in this movie, but ofcourse Akshay Kumar is the hero. He is certainly not one my favourite actors, but he does alright as a comic. It is also difficult to deny his screen presence and charisma. Ditto Katrina Kaif. If she had nothing much to do in this film but play the pretty (though spirited) girl-friend Sonia, it wasn’t a surprise. Om Puri, who plays Rangeela, a childhood friend of Happy’s, does a good job, but Ranvir Shorey has a much smaller role which as usual he does justice to.

There are two other women in this movie: Julie, played by Neha Dhupia and the Rose Lady by Kirron Kher. It was refreshing to see Julie not portrayed as a moll, but as one of the “gang” members. She is as trigger happy as any of the boys. Kher was resplendent in her overacting.

Is the movie really all that funny?
Well, the situations are ludicrous enough to be funny although the audience didn’t really go ballistic with laughter, except once. It was nice to see that there were no sexist jokes in the movie! Perhaps that was why I found this comedy very relaxing. Overall, I found the audience enjoying the movie and people were actually reluctant to get up when the movie ended!

So is it worth a see?
I see a movie from the entertainment point of view, not a critic’s point of view, although I am critical if one reads between the lines. And when it comes to entertainment, a lot depends on your own preferences (for genre), and also whether you are able to tolerate the main actors in the movie, or whether you have a tight schedule, whether you are a student and prefer to save the theatre experience for special movies, or whether you like to see movies at all. This certainly isn’t one of those special movies that one saves to see in a theater…it’s okay for time-pass.

(The picture of the rickshaw is copyrighted to me (taken in Agra) and the second is a movie poster)

Update: A comment from Ashvini has revealed that the story of the movie bears a similarity to a Jackie Chan movie which is called Miracles. If you have seen Singh is Kinng you can easily compare the plots of the two movies (link here) and you will see the similarity.

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  1. August 11, 2008 1:12 am

    Good. But what did you mean by the first picture, pointing to a writing like “no entry”?

  2. Tajbinder permalink
    August 11, 2008 1:58 am

    Hey Nita!
    I had to comment on this one.I am a Sikh and let me tell you how it denigrates our beliefs.When a sikh is depicted as clean shaven , its like what the westerners did by painting pictures of hindu gods and godesses on their footwear.Or when Muslims went berserk when a Danish artist portrayed Prophet Mohammed in bad taste. Such is the degree of offence and insult . Its a fact that todays Sikh youth is chopping off hair and trimming beard but then filmmakers etc do not get the license to portray Sikhs like they do, especially when they arent aware of facts.
    And the second misconception that we take pride in laughing and cracking jokes at ourselves is again so rude and insulting.Who would want to l;augh at the cost of his or her self respct and dignity.No one.(barring a few fools like Navjot Singh Sidhu and Khushwant Singh.Yes, it was khushwant singh who said that the Sikhs took pride at laughing at themselves.)Sikhism’s foundation were laid during such troubled times that it was anything but funny.
    Our tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji had two things in his mind when he directed the Sikhs to kep their hair intact. First it was a question of identity .Secondly, folklore has it that the Muslim invaders had big beards and it terrified the natives.So the guru directed his men to keep even bigger beard and moustaches .
    And finally you mentioned in the article that the film didnt have any sexist jokes.Well that explains it all. In this era of women empowerment when such things are taken as offensive , then so does such portrayals.

  3. raghav in geisterstadt permalink
    August 11, 2008 5:39 am

    Hi all

    Thnx Tajbinder Paaji. I never knew the thing about the beard despite having couple of Sikh friends.

    Anyways, if i consider all the hype n hoopla around the movie, i am dissapointed. But the music is good.

    On a honest note, i din think the comedy made me laugh much in the movie. Some very good actors seem to be wasted in the movie. Anways, i think the movie could easily become popular.

  4. August 11, 2008 7:52 am

    Aminul Islam Sajib, the answer to your question lies in the first paragraph.

    Tajbinder, thanks for explaining. About sardarji jokes, yes I agree that they can be very offensive and in fact I had written about this here at a group blog I used to write for.
    But where this movie is concerned, I felt that this movie sends a positive message about Sikhs. Have you seen the movie? If you see it you will know. The character explains why he has chopped off his beard, it is to fit in with the underworld character. I thought it was perfectly okay to imply all the good Sikhs wearing a proper beard (most Sikhs were like this) but the criminal ones had chopped off beards. In fact the hero (akshay kumar) keeps telling the criminal character that he is not a true Sikh. This is what I got from the movie.

    Raghav, Ranvir was totally wasted in the movie. I think he should stop doing bit roles. And I too think the movie will do well.

  5. vivek mittal permalink
    August 11, 2008 9:18 am

    After a long time i watched a film and it was a good entertainer. Akshay Kumar is now emerging as one of the most influential actors in bollywood….and some even believe he has overtaken SRK
    Now i’m looking for his next film “Chandni chowk to china”…

    It wasn’t a bad entertainer at all. I don’t like Akshaye Kumar but I still managed to enjoy this movie, so I can imagine what Akshay fans must feel. – Nita.

  6. August 11, 2008 10:02 am

    kab..kab…kab…mere pass time hoga ki mein movies dekh paaungi! :( :(

    poor you! :) – Nita.

  7. August 11, 2008 11:53 am

    Writing same comment as I did on Prerna’s blog.
    “It was just not worth the hype and the advertisements!! Total brainless forced comedy. I’ll be writing my review shortly.” It just falls short of David Dhawan style comedy and also has traces of Priyadarshan endings.

    @Sakhi Do not go with high expectations. As Prerna says leave ur brain at home then only u can bear the movie.

    Reema, ah, I think you didn’t like the movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly and when I see a comedy I hate it when the movie asks me to fetch my brain from home! :) – Nita.

  8. August 11, 2008 12:15 pm

    People are actually called “Happy” and “Lucky” in the movie? Hehehe!!! happy-go-lucky! :D
    I don’t know if I’m ready for this one yet… I might relapse into my illness after watching this! The trailer was enough to send me on a coughing fit! Hehehe! :D

    :) :) – Nita.

  9. August 11, 2008 12:43 pm

    ah ,,,I have already lots of movies in queue…i dont know if i would ever be able to see these movies..the lists goes on increasing ..
    good review.. ;)

    Thanks! – Nita.

  10. August 11, 2008 2:57 pm

    //I think cinema theatres in India are going to make a lot of people go deaf// :D lol haha.
    I liked the song with Snoop Dogg.. that was a good one….

    I think someone will get inspired with the line “Horn please okay’ or ‘we two ours two” or “AC no hand signal” etc and make movies out of it too…. :)

    :) :) :) – Nita.

  11. August 11, 2008 3:01 pm

    Xylene:

    What about ‘Ok tata phir milenge’, and ‘buri nazar wale tera munh kala’ :-)

    And Lallu ki Lal gaddi. :) :) – Nita.

  12. August 11, 2008 4:05 pm

    I loved the scene when Om puri goes to the wrong counter to claim his lost luggage. After a lot of effort he is able to convey his problem. When he is told that he is at the wrong counter he says-ab phir se angrezi bolni padegi.

    yes that was funny! My favourite was the one where Lucky is used as a carrier! :) – Nita.

  13. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    August 11, 2008 4:06 pm

    Shefaly:

    If you read Gurmukhi, you must also have noticed “Sat guru teri ote / Dilli taun Pathankote”. Seems a promising one for a travel-o-romance, with largely flat landscape, lots of dhabas along the way, and a fair number of trees and shrubs for the heroine Pinky and the hero Raju to cavort around, with a change of costume and locale after every stanza of the song.

  14. August 11, 2008 4:20 pm

    Not a bad one.1st half is totally entertaining but some how 2nd lost the pick up.

    true, first half is better. – Nita.

  15. August 11, 2008 5:17 pm

    hmm….i think my list might soon get cleared have about 2-3 weeks before the next cycle of exams….am off to work out maths for tmro’s exam…*sigh

    I doubt whether you’ll like this movie much Vishesh! – Nita.

  16. Ashvini permalink
    August 11, 2008 5:21 pm

    to the first line..well this movie is definitely a copy. Its a straight lift from Jackie Chan’s movie that I saw as a kid. was named ‘Miracles’ or ‘mrclayton and lady rose’, which again was inspired from an old hollywood movie-‘ a packetful of miracles’.
    Our hindi movie Singh is Kinng is definitely a scene to scene copy of the Jackie Chan version, including the name ‘Rose’ .

    Oh my god, you are right! I checked it out here, at Wiki and also at IMDB. The plot synopsis is uncannily similar! And the movie was a big hit, no wonder they have taken the story. What a shame. Looks like the tag line on the truck simply inspired the title, not the story. I will be updating the post, thanks. – Nita.

  17. August 11, 2008 6:31 pm

    The movie was ok for timepass but not worth the hype. I like more of witty comedy than Govinda or Johnny Lever Comedy. I’m more of a one liner comedy person and thats why i adore FRIENDS. But still i liked the portion in which Lucky intentionally wasnt showing any improvement lest they give away his money to poor :) Speaking of comedies have u seen Oscar starring Sylvester Stallone? watch it if u can get a DVD. its hilarious and the recent Mithun movie Don Muthuswamy has been copied from it.

    This copying thing reminded me of the scene in Ugly and pagli where the producer asks for the DVD of the film to be copied. :)

    Reema, Friends is the only comedy serial I watch. I absolutely love it and can see it again and again! Even today I watch it, though for around 15-10 mins a day. I enjoy all sorts of comedy, I confess. I love the witty comedies too but if a movie has to make me think hard I can’t enjoy it as a comedy. I prefer detective movies for that and in fact thrillers are my fav genre. I love Johnny Lever too. But I detest the Govinda type comedy. And as for Sylvester Stallone, somehow don’t like him at all. Don’t know why. I can at least tolerate Akshay. – Nita.

  18. August 11, 2008 7:22 pm

    Ohh i also dont like Stallone and I havent seen a single Rambo movie. But Oscar is thorough comedy and Stallone has done good and different from the Rambo image and genre. :)

  19. August 11, 2008 7:36 pm

    @Shefaly
    haha, yeah. You never know ,Bollywood may be already working on it. And just when we thought Bollywood was just getting inspired out of these lines, we have an update from Nita… :) Its a copy yet again !
    aaargghhh !

  20. lallopallo permalink
    August 12, 2008 2:47 am

    Iam forced to comment here after reading Tajbinder’s comment.
    @Nita,
    First of all, Nita, your review was so intelligent that it captured things exactly the way I thought. I say intelligent because it was easy for me to see things that way, but you coming from a different background surprised me at your take on this movie and it’s overall context.
    @ Tajbinder
    As Nita wrote, the movie was quite superficial in presenting culture of Sikhs and I would add that movie was quite silly too, but, in the final analysis, even though movie persists with some cultural stereotypes about Sikhs (which are not necessarily true), it will still do more good to the image of Sikhs than any other mainstream Hindi movie has ever done. The simple reason for that is that even though it’s an ordinary masala movie, it will be still seen by maximum number of people ( I just read that this movie has broken all records). Therefore, all those people will take home the central message of the film that Sikhs are brave and kind hearted people. Even though I personally find all such jingoistic claims for any group of people on a public platform (Film, TV etc) bit too loud for my liking and even not necessary, I still don’t see how this film hurts the image of Sikhs.

    Tajbinder, first of all, even though many Sikhs nowadays do cut their hair, director hasn’t shown a single Sikh in the film without a turban. Even when Akshay was shown without a full beard, there was a reason given for that.
    You are saying that Sikhs should never be shown in films without a turban, even though you agree that many of them nowadays cut their hair. I mean how’s that? At one point, we want to have as real & intelligent movies as possible, and on other hand, we want to present an ideal picture of everybody. Before you jump your guns at me, let me tell you that I come from the same community and even though I am not a practicing Sikh myself, I have no problem with those who prefer to keep long hair and beard. My father and even my brother keep long hair and tie turbans, but that’s their decision and I respect that. I don’t personally agree with your statement “ When a sikh is depicted as clean shaven , its like what the westerners did by painting pictures of Hindu gods and godesses on their footwear Or when Muslims went berserk when a Danish artist portrayed Prophet Mohammed in bad taste. Such is the degree of offence and insult “. I think more than symbols, it’s the Sikh values of justice, equality and large heartedness which are more important not to be undermined while projecting Sikh characters and culture. Yes, I am with you when directors like Karan Johar take advantage of negative stereotypes about Sikhs and show them in dumb light in their movies to fill their pockets. But, in this case, even though the ultimate motive might still be the same (to make money from the movie), it hasn’t denigrated Sikhs in any way.
    I think to laugh at oneself is a great quality and if Khushwant Singh feels that many Sikhs have that quality, I want to agree with him. Your assumption that troubled times don’t make people funny is completely unfounded. On the contrary, I firmly believe that Sikhs/Punjabis got their sense of humor only because of their troubled history; remember how most of the invaders through centuries entered India through Punjab only. Also, have you ever heard the term Jewish humor? Now, where did that come from..? I don’t think any group of people have been persecuted that much through human history as were Jews, but they make the best comedians in the business.
    In the end, my dear Tajbinder, I think we should not make big fuss about this simple movie and be unnecessarily sensitive about it….let’s relax and take it easy here..

    P.S : Nita, i just realized that I have posted such a long comment..perhaps longer than most of my written posts on my blog..:)

  21. raghav in geisterstadt permalink
    August 12, 2008 3:39 am

    My god ! Gimme a break. They copied this one too. It feels like some of our stars have little respect for the audiences.

    @Nita

    Yes. u r right. I think Ranveer is a brilliant actor n speaks the lang. of my generation of Indians. He is in a position to pick best for him. No probs, i can xcuse him this time.

    Anyways, why is Aki so obsessed with Kat.

  22. August 12, 2008 6:18 am

    Thanks a lot for the review, Nita !!
    (1) I must admit that I religiously read all your movie reviews just like I listen to Rajeev Masand :) You guys are the only two I want to go by before I watch a movie :-))
    (2) Here in the US, it is such a phenomenon! I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw in a theater here showing SOLD OUT against this movie! Apparently, in Canada it has hit Billboards and is topping charts, I heard. Oh, btw we had been to watch The Dark Knight (only now!!) wen we heard all this. And oh, did I tell you I enjoyed DK so much I dreamt of that bike the same night? :D

  23. August 12, 2008 7:57 am

    Lallopallo, wow! Thanks for that comment! I had guessed you were Punjabi but had no idea that you were born a Sikh. And thank you for clearing up a lot of things! When you said about the Punjabi and Sikh sense of humour, it suddenly struck me as to how right you are. I have had far more Punjabi/Sikh friends than of any other region in India and what always drew me to them was their warmth and their loyalty, and now I realise sense of humour! Each and everyone of them has a great sense of humour! Funny how I didn’t realise it was something to do from where they came from, but you are absolutely right. It has something to do with it, and this persecution theory is worth thinking about.
    And thanks for your other points too. I was hesitating to reply to those as I was not sure how to word it and didn’t want to hurt Tajbinder. Anyway, it’s always better that a Sikh addresses these concerns rather than someone like me.

    snippetsnscribbles, whenever anyone says anything nice about a review of mine it makes me feel very good inside. I love reviewing movies, and I think I have a critical eye which while being critical does not tear a movie to pieces, but allows me to see it objectively from different points of view. I think one reason for this is that I enjoy the movies and reviewing is not a paid job. In fact of late I have found my movie seeing has increased a bit, because I love writing reviews. Thanks for being a reader.

  24. August 12, 2008 8:10 am

    ha ha ha…yet an other copy..letz celebrate!

  25. August 12, 2008 9:10 am

    I am sure our Theaters can actually make us go semi-deaf!
    I also don’t like Akshay Kumar.
    And loved your auto rikshaw picture. Our trucks and autos are most creative :)

  26. August 12, 2008 2:46 pm

    Actually I loved the movie..may be because its been a long time since I had seen a good comedy. Ugl aur Pagli was passe but this had its own moments. I loved the khoon khaulane waala scene.
    I like the songs too..can’t wait to attend a party and jive on the songs! :)
    Good review..

  27. lallopallo permalink
    August 12, 2008 8:20 pm

    You are welcome Nita. I wrote what I felt and Iam sure that still there will be many Sikhs who may not agree with me on my take on this issue.
    Btw, I forgot to mention that like you I also felt that background music was very jarring and quite a few times, one couldn’t listen the dialogues because of that..
    I was wondering if ,for my record, I should make a separate post out of this post and my comments.

    That would be interesting, but be prepared for some flak from those who disagree vehemently! – Nita.

  28. Ravi permalink
    August 12, 2008 8:41 pm

    Lallopallo…that was one hell of a comment.. :-)

  29. August 12, 2008 11:48 pm

    @Lallopallo I totally agree with u on taking a movie as a movie!! its entertainment. If u dont like it dont watch it. If u do then watch it. I feel such a hue and cry shouldnt be made about whats depicted in movies regarding religion and traditions. More issues are there which deserve to be portrayed in better manner than such issues. Same case with Jodhaa Akbar.

  30. Tajbinder permalink
    August 13, 2008 12:50 am

    Hey lallopallo!
    I think you missed my point and i blame my english for that. Wehn you say, “…..more than symbols, it’s the Sikh values of justice, equality and large heartedness which are more important not to be undermined while projecting Sikh characters and culture.”I agree with you.But who is going to do that? I mean majority of people of india arent just aware of sikh history which is full of sacrifices, values of justice and large heartedness. There is simply no content about sikh history in the ICSE and CBSE syllabuses. What general perception indians have of the sikhs is that we are basically funny, dumb and agressive and that we pick up a fight at the drop of a hat.(except for our PM,bhagat singh, montek singh ahulwalia and a few others).All of us were even labelled as terrorists till a few years ago.And as if this wasnt enough the filmamkers aggravated the problem by their own depictions. If you want a funny character , then a sikh is the preffered choice.
    Regarding the cutting of hair , well if put in plain words , its a rape.Rape of our beliefs,rape of the sacrifices made by our gurus.As simple as that. But i also beleive that every individual is free to make his or her choice.
    Regarding the sense of humour. I think it doesnt include laughing at all those jokes which involves insults, ridiculing. It goes like this.In Santabanta jokes their daughter or wives elope with someone or they even commit incest etc etc.These jokes are simply made up to taunt and tease us.
    And finally when i said that since our religion was born during troubld times i didnt mean we lost our sense of humour.What i meant was that since our foundation was laid during troubled times we could be anything but fools or dumbos. We bore the brunt of invaders for so many centuries that it infused a sense of responsibility and prudence in us.Of course punjabis (including sikhs, hindus and muslims) are a lively and a cheerful lot with a great sense of humour .The ripples punjabis created in the all the laughter shows is for everyone to see.

    And NITA ,
    It was so heartening to have a generous response from you. Its a rarity. But when i went to mutiny.in and read posts other than yours , it had the same content like everywhere else. Hatred spewing from all corners. Full of misconceptions and stuff.

  31. raghav in geisterstadt permalink
    August 13, 2008 2:30 am

    @ Tajbinder
    I am sorry Tajbinder paaji, i don’t agree with some of the things mentioned by you.

    First of all, it would be very hard for me to say what % of Indians don’t know much about sikhs. But having talked to all kinds of diff. ppl., i think sikhs are still much better known to India than many other communities.

    Secondly, the NCERT book of CBSE(Xth) has a full chapter on Sikh history n independence heroes. I dono abt. ICSE.

    I agree that some movies have had showed sikhs in agressive n unwanted comic roles. But that doesn’t mean Indians think, what u said abt. the sikhs.
    I hope if u believe wat u mentioned, u may have a strong reason for it.

    Let me tell you about one observation, its the the punjabis or
    other ppl of north indian origin (directors) that have stereotyped sikhs in their movies. They are the ones who know perhaps much more abt. sikhs. I guess u got my point.

    I definetly agree that the jokes thing abt. sikhs has already gone too far. But in India we mostly poke fun of other ppl not coz of religion but because we take ething very casual. Of course, by saying this i am not justifying anything.

  32. lallopallo permalink
    August 13, 2008 10:55 am

    @Tajbinder,
    It depends what’s your definition of majority of Indian people. As far as I think, any educated Indian who has some sense of history does know/should know about valour and sacrifices of Sikhs in the past. Most of the educated Indians also know about their contribution in the Indian army.
    I dont agree with your description of how most Indians perceive us..and if few Indians do perceive so, I can only pity those who might think that Sikhs can only do bhangra and fight at the drop of a hat..if some people base their opinions about a particular group of people through that group’s projection in dim witted and nonsensical movies, I feel sorry for their intelligence..
    Those people will then also think that all south indians are like madrasis shown in hindi movies or all Parsis behave in a crazy way as shown in such movies..
    I do agree that Film makers should exercise some responsibility and not show some characters to generate cheap laughs at the expense of a community..
    Regarding cutting of hair for a Sikh, I dont feel this is an appropriate forum to discuss such sensitive issues, so I wont debate with you on that..each to it’s own is I would say..
    The only thing which comes to mind at the moment is that while you were debating about it, a lad from Chandigarh ( who is a clean shaven Sikh) created history and made the whole nation proud by winning country’s first ever individual gold in olympics..
    His father Dr Apjit Singh Bindra ,while celebrating his son’s success , said that his son has proved ” Singh is King ” and whole sikh community and nation should be proud of him..I just wonder if you wont consider him a Sikh for his act of not keeping hair…

    @Raghav
    You made some interesting points here..It’s true that most of the indian movies which have made fun of sardars were made by Punjabis..why they do that is something very hard to explain in this forum..
    But, as I wrote earlier, it’s always easy to rely on stereotypes to evocate laughter and entertain the audience rather than work hard on stories and come up with something intelligent….And, most of our filmmakers were/are anything but intelligent..
    A Ashutosh Gowariker ( incidentally a non-punjabi) will never resort to such nonsense, but a mediocre Karan johar or a pathetic xyz might do so..

  33. August 13, 2008 12:11 pm

    @Nita: Reading lallopallo’s long comment, I can say that it was very heartfelt. :)

    And on the lighter side, he never writes posts as long unless it is about aliens. :P In fact, his very first advice to me was no to write such long posts, only I have not been able to change my that habit.

  34. Tajbinder permalink
    August 13, 2008 11:14 pm

    @Raghav
    When badly bruised and battered Sikh families entered various parts(especially northern india and delhi) of India they tried to take refuge at whatever places they could but instead they faced stiff opposition.Now they asked MK Gandhi why they werent being accomodated. They had gone through so much.(The exodus that resulted afetr partition is the biggest to ever happen in the human history).But insteed of granting relief, he announced that Sikhs were a threat to the security of residents, and that they were criminals. MK Gandhi who engineered the partitiona long with the British was now unwilling to take any responsibilities.
    My point is, this whimsical idea of Sikhs being dumb fools, agressive and violent race has bee n spread by M K Gandhi and the Congress leaders and further by our filmmakers.

  35. August 16, 2008 12:52 pm

    is it inspired from
    jiji
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098019/plotsummary
    inspired from Frank Capra’s “A Pocketful of Miracles”

    mindless comedy is what it is

  36. August 17, 2008 3:39 pm

    This film was a waste of time and disappointment !
    What was the film industry thinking of making this film?
    Katrina and Akshay put together now is so boring..and need to change the concept and not do anymore films together..the general public is sick of seeing them in films together ..not like aishwarya and hrithik where the public are dying to see more of them together ! My
    rating for SIK…1/5…and that is being generous as well.

  37. Rajeev permalink
    August 18, 2008 8:46 pm

    Frankly I do not understand what an intellectual comedy is, and I honestly do not like to fetch my brains in a comedy. I found the film very fast-paced with plenty of laughs in the first half in particular – I had no time to dwell over and analyze the story. The second half I can say was slower and dragged in some places compared to the first half, but still quite enjoyable. The film was made with entertainment in mind, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the kind of movie I would see after a hard day at work.

    Nita, I’m quite new at your blog, but found your articles very interesting…really enjoyed reading your reviews! I’m glad you considered the entertainment factor as well. I find that many critics tend to favour “intellectual” movies, and downplay “mindless comedies”. I rarely find a comedy movie getting a 4/5 stars, compared to a darker theme or a love story. Most critics ignore entertainment value and focus overly on content, even on comedies whose prime goal is not content but pure unadulterated entertainment. Some recent movies with high critical appeal I felt were very low on entertainment – Johnny Gaddar, for example. But I feel “mindless” comedies are an important part of our cinemas – where else would we go after a hard day at work?

    Rajeev, I know what you mean. There are times when one is in a mood for a mindless comedy as one wants to just unwind or relax. Where critics are concerned, I think 1-2 are quite good but mostly they are not. About dark movies, it is a matter of preference. There are many people who see horror movies for entertainment. – Nita.

  38. August 21, 2008 2:21 pm

    I got to watch it last day ..

    hmm I would say, Singh is King = Almost

    almost ok
    almost funny
    almost … etc etc

  39. embarassed permalink
    August 24, 2008 10:09 am

    THE WORSTTTT MOVIE EVERRRRR…..
    how n why wud anyone call this movie HIT or even worthy enuff to spend time n money to watch this piece of crapp..
    this movie is so embarassin im ashamed of it..
    Please write the truth..
    Please do not misguide..
    i am appalled..

    hey embarrassed, you need to have your child inside you fully intact to enjoy this movie, not everyone can enjoy mindless comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and therefore I don’t see why I should pretend that I didn’t. Luckily I am not at all ashamed of saying that I loved this movie. Nita.

  40. Suraj Singh permalink
    September 7, 2008 3:40 pm

    It is a copy of Jackie Chan’s Ji Ji.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098019/plotsummary

    Plot Introduction
    Jackie plays Kuo Cheng-Wah, a kindhearted country boy who is quickly cheated out of all his money when he arrives in Hong Kong. Depressed and destitute, he encounters Madame Kao (Ah Lei Gua), a poor woman selling flowers on the street; she urges him to buy a red rose, saying it will bring him luck. He demurs at first, shaking his head sadly, then finally agrees.

    His fortunes immediately take a dramatic turn when he stumbles into a gang war, and renders assistance to a dying gang leader. The leader makes Kuo his successor due to a pun, then dies. Kuo, awed, attributes his luck to Madame Kao’s rose, and takes to buying one from her every day thereafter.

    Kuo starts a nightclub, where he falls in love with a singer (Anita Mui); they vow to do good deeds rather than committing crimes. Before a meeting with a rival boss, Kuo goes to buy his usual rose from Madame Kao, but she is not at her post. He searches for her, and finds her terribly upset over a letter she has just received. The letter is from her daughter, Belle (Gloria Yip), a student in Shanghai whom Madame Kao has been supporting, all the while concealing her sufferings and leading her to believe that she is a rich society woman in Hong Kong. Now, she is coming to visit, bringing her wealthy fiance and his parents, and Madame Kao is afraid that her poverty will bring disgrace on her daughter.

    Kuo offers to help, buying Madame Kao expensive new clothes and arranging a lavish party for her, to which he invites some of his disreputable friends on the condition that they impersonate the local dignitaries. Meanwhile, a gang war is in full swing, putting Kuo’s life in danger and providing ample opportunity for Jackie Chan’s trademark stunts. The climactic stunt sequence consists of a lengthy scene of hand-to-hand combat set in a rope factory.

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