Review: BIKRAM SINGHA – GOOD ACTION, TERRIBLE LOGIC
Shoma A. Chatterji
Bikram Singha is the Bengali remake of the much-touted Hindi Akshay Kumar-starrer Rowdy Rathore that is yet to hit the screens. Rowdy Rathore – and now you have guessed it, is a remake of the Telugu hit Vikramarkudu. Bikram Singha an action film but injects humour concocted in the name and style of two small-time thieves Gupi (Prosenjit) and Bagha (Partho). Gupi’s life takes a tumble when a little girl identifies him as her father and attaches herself to him. Bagha’s life goes haywire too because he is Gupi’s partner in crime. You see, Gupi is the look-alike of Bikram Singha (Prosenjit), a dreaded and honest police officer believed to have been killed by the mafia dons who run a virtual police state in Deogarh.
- Produced by: S.K. Movies
- Presented by: Ashok Dhanuka
- Directed by: Rajeev Biswas
- Music: Bappie Lahiri
- Editing: Robi Ranjan Moitra
- Action: Rocky Rajesh
- Cast: Prosenjit, Partho, Richa Gangopadhyay, Anusmriti, Supriyo Dutta and Mahek Chahal
- Rating: 06/10
Of course Bikram Singh is not dead but is waiting in the wings to demolish the villains and restore peace and harmony in Deogarh. He is the real father of the little girl who thinks Gupi is her father. Gupi trying to get rid of the little girl by placing her in a truck and then regretting the move is a good, humane touch in an otherwise logic-less action film. Gupi also falls in love with Madhu (Richa Gangopadhyay) at a marriage ceremony the thieves have barged into. Madhu, despite the social and class difference, falls head over heels in love with Gupi simply because she witnesses him revive a man believed to be dead through a simple sleight of hand on the man’s chest. The man had fainted, not died! The disparities in class and culture are too obvious to be missed and the director shows some logic when the girl goes away refusing to marry a man burdened with a little girl who, he insists is not his daughter.
Post-interval, the focus shifts from Gupi and his damaged love-life to Bikram Singha who is determined to avenge the wrong-doers. He gets into action in full swing breaking every rule of gravity and refusing to die with six bullets inside him or stabbed right through the abdomen. He picks up a sudarshan-chakra like gadget off the terrace of a building under construction, throws it to destroy the evil men around the Deogarh mafia don (Supriyo Dutta). He dies in the end but not without having inspired and impressed his look-alike Gupi to turn a fresh page of his life. Whether Gupi carries on the crusade begun by Bikram is not shown. A repentant Madhu comes back so that the little girl has a new ‘mother’ in addition to a father.
Bikram Singha makes no bones about the fact that it is out to entertain in a slightly different way by presenting Prosenjit in a double-whammy role where one character is diametrically opposite to the other. The Gupi persona, though executed with aplomb, cannot hold a candle to Bikram Singha who is a man of few words and all action, who often twitches his curled moustache to make a statement and for whom, life boils down to nothing other than destroying the evil and upholding the good.
Why Bengali producers are so keen on importing Bengali girls from southern films who cannot speak the language and getting their lines dubbed by a Bengali actress is beyond me. Instead of having Srabanti dubbing Richa’s voice, why not take her for the role instead? Partho is evolving very well as a cameo actor. How showed signs of it in his early film Prem Amar. With every film, he is developing very well. It is sad to find a wonderful actor like Supriyo Dutta ghettoized in terrible roles that reduce him almost to a mockery of an actor.
The picturisation of the title song in the opening scenes when the credits begin to roll is very impressive and so is the song with the nonsense lines as it harks back to Bappi Lahiri’s wonderful past filled with melodious music. One cannot say the same of all the songs and Mahak Chahal’s item number is an eyesore without which the film would have been a bit crisper. If you can forget the terrible lack of logic in an action film, or the absence of history for most of the characters, Bikram Singha comes across as an interesting entertainer. But if you try and compare this Prosenjit with the one we have seen in films like Autograph, Khela and Moner Manush, then you should give the film a miss. Even in terms of entertainment, Bikram Singha falls below expectations raised by the much-hyped promos, interviews and so on. But Prosenjit gives it a strong USP that should make his fans happy.