Speedy Singhs: Movie Review
Director : Robert Lieberman
Cast: Vinay Virmani, Anupam Kher, Camilla Belle, Russell Peters and Rob Lowe.
Speedy Singhs is the new addition in Singh based movies where story is set around a Sikh family living abroad, identity clashes and the aspirations of the younger generation. It will make the audience remember movies like, Goal, Bend it like Bcekhem and Patiala House. The movie’s background is a Sikh-Canadian family, living in Toronto’s suburban. Here is a young man Rajveer Singh (Vinay Virmani) who belongs to a typical Punjabi family, wants to become a successful Ice Hockey player and at the same time struggling to maintain the traditions and values of his family. Like any other Indian family, passion for sports is considered to be honorable if it is only cricket and not for any other sport. Hence, his father Darvesh Singh (Anupam Kher) wants him to join family’s transport business. Rajveer’s problems do not end here. His cousin sister’s fiancé sees him as his competitor in family business. Therefore, the path is quite tough for our young hero. The storyline of this movie, reminds us of Patiala House, where Akshay’s father Rishi Kapoor rejects his dream of playing cricket in English Team and here, the father, Anupam Kher, is against of his son’s Ice-Hockey dream.
The movie opens with 21-year-old Rajveer dreaming about scoring a match-winning goal and later on surrounded by pretty girls.
He belongs to a traditional Sikh family and according to family traditions, he has to keep his long hair and needs to wear a turban. However, this tradition of wearing turban stops him from accomplishing his dream to play as an Ice- Hockey player. Therefore, in his early teens, he rebels and cuts his hair short. He is now turbanless and can gain entry in this white man’s game. But, such an act creates a conflict between the father and son. The father sees it as a refusal to accept their identity, traditions and family beliefs. After failing to secure a strong foothold in game, he decides to make his own team. Hence, the “Speedy Singhs” emerges; the team consists of fellow Sikh boys of Rajveer, under the coach Dan Winters (Lowe). He even brings his uncle Sammy’s truck company in as their team sponsors. Coach Lowe’s sister, Camilla, is Rajveer’s love interest. Rest of the story is all about how the Singhs take the game to the championship.
The director has shown all possible angles and emotions inside a joint family consisting of a father, mother, brother, sister, uncle and of course, girlfriend and other teammates. This is director Vinay Virmani’s debutorial venture and he gives good impression. Camilla Belle and Rob Lowe have also played their roles well. The music of movie has already reached the top ten charts with the song “Sheraan di Koum Punjabi”. It is a good combination of Punjabi Bhangra beats with contemporary rap, jazz and other pop forms. The USP of the movie is the Ice-Hockey matches, full of action, high-energy level of players and a predictable climax at the stadium.