Singham is the first of two Hindi action/comedy films. Released in 2011, it was directed by Rohit Shetty and starring Ajay Devgn as the titular character.
In the city of Goa, India, an honest police inspector named Rakesh Kadam committs suicide following false corruption charges levied against him by corrupt businessman/gangster Jaikant Shikre. His widow, Megha Kadam swear revenge, but due to Shikre's influence within the city, is powerless to do anything.
At the town of Shivgarh near the Goa-Maharashtra border, Bajirao Singham is in charge of the local police station, and commands a great deal of respect from the townspeople by mediating most of the problems without pressing charges. When Singham demands that Shikre reports to his police station to sign off on sign off on his bail regarding a murder charge, Shikre uses his political influence to have Singham transferred to Goa, where he can take his revenge on Singham.
This film has the following tropes:
- 100% Adoration Rating: Baijirao Singham in his hometown.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Singham's attack of choice.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant:
- Piss Singham off at your own peril.
- The entire Goa police force after Singham shames them into moving against Shikre.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Baijirao Singham, of which his surname means 'lion.'
- Badass Biker: Singham.
- Badass Moustache: Truly the Gods have blessed Singham with an impressive set of lip hair. His fellow cops also has some impressive moustaches as well.
- Big Bad: Jaikant Shikre. Respected businessman whose pasttimes include corruption, kidnapping and exortion.
- Boom, Headshot!:
- Inspector Rakesh Kadam when pushed past the point of no return.
- Shikre himself, with Singham himself doing the deed.
- By-the-Book Cop: Bajirao Singham, to a T. Also, Rakesh Kadam before Shikre framed him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: A horde of Mooks versus Singham? Must be Tuesday.
- Crusading Widow: Kadam's widow, Megha Kadam, who seeks to clear her late husband's name
- Diplomatic Impunity: Shikre's ultimate goal of being elected to a government job.
- Dirty Cop: Satyam Patkar, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, who is on Shikre's payroll.
- Disappointed in You: The look in his son's eyes is possibly what drove Inspector Kadam to suicide.
- The Dragon: Shiva, Shikre's right-hand man.
- The Dreaded: Jaikant Shikre
- Driven to Suicide: Inspector Rakesh Kadam, who had been framed for corruption by Shikre.
- Friend to All Children: Singham. Even the lyrics to his theme says that he's a child at heart.
- HeelFace Turn: DSP Satyam Patkar.
- Mundane Made Awesome: What drives the film.
- Oh, Crap!: Shikre, when he realizes that the Goa police force plans to kill him.
- Real Men Loves The Gods: Singham, of course.
- Shame If Something Happened: When one of his victims tries to bargain with Shiva, Shikre takes the phone instead. The ransom was paid soon after.
- Would Hurt a Child: More like Would Kill A Child if Shikre doesn't get his way.