Diljit Dosanjh is on a roll. After the success of Udta Punjab and the lavish praise for Phillauri, it’s no wonder his Punjabi film, Super Singh, is creating waves. Super Singh brings us a turbaned superhero who seeks to join the ranks of Spider-Man and Batman.
Canada or rather "Cannedda" is where we first meet the affable Sajjan Singh. He grapples with an identity crisis – he wants to be as "gora" as possible for his firang crush Cathy. So much so that he even refers to himself as Sam.
Sam’s transformation, from a desi trying too hard to fit into a foreign culture to his proud Sikh superhero self, forms the first half (and the most entertaining part) of the film.
Diljit Dosanjh plays Sam with ease, making us fall for his character even before he discovers his true strength. The scenes where Sam tries to comprehend his superhero powers elicit the maximum chuckles.
The good times don't last long though. Just when we get comfortable, director Anurag Singh loses his way and gives us a predictable plot that leaves us with little to cheer for.
A superhero with a golden heart sounds great, but without a worthy opponent in the frame, it never really feels like a story worth telling.
The flimsy antagonist and his ludicrous antics are the film’s undoing.
Sonam Bajwa, who plays Diljit’s love interest in the film, has a few significant scenes in the first half of the film, but she is soon relegated to the margins.
The climax scene does little to keep us engaged, with its missiles that remind us of Mogambo's sinister Mr India theatrics. Add to that some basic CGI and special effects, which force our flying super Sikh to start his descent sooner than expected. Still, Diljit does what he does best — win hearts with his charm. He is the only reason you wouldn’t mind Super Singh too much.
I give it 2.5 Quints out of 5!