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I Am Singh  : Singling out Singh
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Friday, December 2, 2011
Social drama
Puneet Issar
Puneet Issar, Gulzar Inder Chahal, Tulip Joshi

Post 9/11 in USA, Sikhs were targeted by Americans, who mistook their turbans and beards for jihadi terrorists.

The plot: Ranveer Singh (Gulzar Chahal) gets a late-night phone call informing him that his brother in the US has been killed and the family harassed due to hate-crimes post 9/11. He rushes to LA, all set to punish the gang of goons responsible and to keep up the respect of the ‘pagdi’ in an alien land.

With the support of some Pakistanis and goras, this Singh finally succeeds in his mission.

The good: The film’s sincere intention in highlighting the evils of terrorism and the ill-effects of prejudice, is its most redeeming feature.

Puneet Issar (as Fateh Singh) and Rizwan Haider deliver a couple of compelling performances to pull this film ahead, but they can’t make up for all the other major flaws strewn all over.

The film could appeal to Sikhs as its main focus is on Sikhism and its ideals.

The bad: The theme is boring, lacklustre. Neither the story nor the dialogue has anything fresh to offer. Consequently, the film’s entertainment value is near-zilch.

The acting is inadvertently hilarious and the lead, Gulzar Chahal, has one expression almost all through the film.

The dubbing is amateurish.

The random start, switching from a depressing soliloquy to a completely unnecessary sleazy item number, is a grim indication of what’s in store.

Overall: This predictable cliché-filled film barely says anything new about terrorism.

– Pooja Thakkar
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