Singh is Kinng

Director: Anees Bazmee
Music: Pritam
Year: 2008

this zesty extremely good natured Bollywood outing managed to keep a silly smile on my face for nearly all of its two hour plus running time. From India to Egypt to Australia it is full of energy and good spirits and is just plain goofy fun. It is a basic Masala stew with everything in there that the director could fit into his budget – lots of action, music, corn ball comedy, pathos and of course romance. It wasn’t until about the one third mark that I realized that it was basically a remake of one of my favorite Jackie Chan films, Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (a.k.a. Miracles) with a few slight deviations. The star of Singh is Kinng, Akshay Kumar, has made no secret of his admiration of the Hong Kong star over the years and though he is no Jackie Chan when it comes to physical ability, Kumar gives it his best and is considered one of India’s top action stars.

Here he plays Happy Singh, a small town boy in the Punjab with no desire to go anywhere else. But though loved by all of the town he is also the bane of their existence as he has a habit of leaving behind a trail of accidental destruction wherever he goes. After one such outing in which he tries to catch a chicken and inadvertently destroys everything in his path, they come up with a plan to get rid of him. Down under one of the town’s long departed sons Lucky Singh has become a notorious gangster and the shame to this Sikh community is enormous. So they convince Happy along with his friend (Om Puri) to travel to Australia and bring Lucky back to the bosom of his family and away from his life of crime. No one really thinks Happy will be able to do this and as soon as he is out of sight the town breaks into a dancing celebration.

Through an odd mishap at the airport, the two board a plane for Egypt which of course gives them an opportunity to frolic among the pyramids along with scantily clothed women – all which must have made the Muslim Brotherhood delirious with joy. Here he meets a lovely Indian maiden Sonia (Katrina Kaif) who reminds me slightly of what an Indian Kennedy would look like with her load of teeth and a lean facial bone structure. Happy is smitten but has to move on to Australia where he is taken in by an older Indian woman who sells flowers. She gives him a rose for luck. She has a daughter coming to visit who thinks mom is still rich and the woman is distraught at the thought of her daughter finding out she is poor and her marriage prospects going down the drain. The rose brings Happy luck. Starting to sound a wee bit familiar now doesn’t it? He locates Lucky but during a shootout by a rival gang Lucky loses his ability to move or talk but the gang thinks he has appointed Happy as his successor. And if you have seen the Chan film you know the rest – with the deviation being that the daughter is none other than Sonia. I missed Anita Mui. Very funny on an idiot level and a big hit in India.

Rating: 7.5/10