Sunny Deol starrer "Singh Saab The Great" hit theatres on 22 November and the action flick single handedly carried by Deol is a quintessential Bollywood film, with the concept of the humble and powerful hero's fight against the baddie. While Amrita Rao stars in a supporting role, Prakash Raj plays the villain.
While the film has lapped up average reviews, Sunny has once again proved to be the loveable action figure.
Here's what critics had to say:
Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama, (3.5/5) writes:
"When Anil Sharma joins hands with Sunny Deol -- the jodi has delivered one of the biggest hits of Hindi cinema in 'Gadar -Ek Prem Katha'... 'Singh Saab the Great' has it all in trademark Anil Sharma style.
"'Singh Saab the Great' narrates the story of Singh Saab [Sunny Deol], an honest Collector, who believes in carrying out his duties diligently.
"With not much to look to forward to in the storyline, the challenge lies in making the screenplay captivating and spellbinding and Anil Sharma and writer Shaktimaan attempt to package the film with ingredients that connect instantly with the masses. The film overstays its welcome by a good 10/15 minutes. A crisp, concise edit would've only facilitated a solid punch.
"On the whole, the film is a typical Sunny Deol film that a section of the audience still enjoys. The clapworthy dialogue, the raw appeal, the undercurrent of emotions and of course, the dhaai kilo ka haath should appeal to those who relish desi fares, especially the single screen audience."
Mohar Basu, Koimoi.com (3/5) writes:
"'Singh Saab The Great' is perhaps one of recent times' most novel masala films. Despite a multitude of grave hitches, the film is surprisingly original and intense. Being fed on a host of extremely trashy and mediocre masala films which have become Bollywood's staple these days, Anil Sharma gives us a welcome change. "Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj make the film worth a watch for their earnestness and ardour at portraying their respective roles.
"It isn't a supremely brilliant script but something about the story ensures it has his heart in the right place. In the role of an intense and upright man, Deol fits perfectly with his gentle eyes that reflect goodness. Urvashi Rautela (playing Sunny's wife) is a misfit. Amrita Rao is good in parts. Prakash Raj delivers a lip smackingly delicious evil performance.
"Anil Sharma's direction doesn't get overtly heavy handed as it manages to leave by a good impact...The film's tacky camerawork and terrible music with songs called 'Palang Tod' can all be excused for its flavorsome nifty action scenes. This isn't Anil Sharma's best work but it is watchable."
Paloma Sharma, Rediff (2/5) writes:
"It was nice to watch a Bollywood film that's not a Hollywood film in disguise, starring an Indian star cast. One can appreciate that the director of the film, Anil Sharma, at least had a vision for his film -- even if it was a confused one.
"'Singh Saab The Great' attempts to tell the tale of an collector, who valued his honesty, integrity and pride more than anything else, and the price he had to pay for telling the truth.
"The first half of Singh Saab the Great is enjoyable but overshadowed by the loud, sometimes nonsensical music. The other half is unnecessarily gory and overshadowed by even louder and more nonsensical music.
"Singh Saab the Great has its moments. But more importantly, it has Sunny Deol and that is reason enough for most of us to watch this film."