- Film: Singham Returns
- Starring: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Amol Gupte,Anupam Kher, Zakir Hussain
- Release Date: 15th August 2014
- Produced by :Reliance Entertainment, ADF
- Directed by: Sajid Nadiadwala
- Story/Screenplay: Rohit Shetty, Yunus Saizawal
- Music: Jeet Ganguli
Singham returns and roars..The Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty duo return with their Singham Franchise with a bigger and burnished look. To give them their due credit, I liked the fact that though they have picked up a concept that germinated from a Tamil Blockbuster, they have not taken the sheltered route of reprising it scene to scene. They have garnished and conceptualized it with their own weaved out elements, completely in sync with all the elements of a Bollywood commercial entertainer.
The sequel opens up in the dark and civilized city of Mumbai, where a upright political leader Guruji (Anupam Kher) advocates stringent social reforms in the upcoming elections through youth power and women empowerment.His noble efforts faces hostile and heavy objections from a corrupt system, including a malevolent Swamiji ( Amul Gupte) and a nefarious politician Rao ( Zakir Hussain). Their nexus has germinated tons of black money and illegal activities under the veil of public faith. Enter Bajirao Singham( Ajay), the uncorrupted and brave police officer, who brims with fire and intensity when his own colleague and dutiful constable gets falsely implicated in the charges of corruption. Its time for revenge and vindication for Singham and Co, to cleanse up the system from the menace of the Godman-Politician duo and to reinvigorate the battered system with positivity and hope..
Based on an elemental and threadbare foundation, Singham Returns wears minimal novelty, but it fleshes out all the smattering of the Singham Brand Cinema , and does it with elan. Rohit Shetty is in absolute command when it comes to appeasing the masses, with solid punchlines–“Main leta nahin deta hun” ( Sajid-Farhad) and some genuinely well crafted action scenes ( Aerial views of action scenes on the sea link), which have been consciously toned down as compared to its predecessor. Coupled with this, some outlandish comic sequences with the leading lady ( Kareena Kapoor) derives an assured mirth and laughter. There are some solid sequences which packs a punch, especially when our menacing Babaji burps out slokas when confronted , and in return, Singham rattles off the IPC Penal code sections. Even though the heart of the film is at the right place with an important social message–that its the people who need to stand up to correct the wrong to right, i was disappointed with the climax, which apart from being overstretched, is peppered with banal cliches.
Ajay Devgn, as the tough yet vulnerable cop, is absolutely smashing. He roars and digs into his character with ferocity and renders a humanitarian layer with conviction. He is worth a dekko in action scenes, and maintains a sparkling demeanour in sensitive moments, especially in a scene where he is confronted by despairing women saving her son. Kareena Kapoor as Avni, the Lady Singham is consistently watchable in comic sequences, though she gets minimal scope in histrionics departments. Amol Gupte as the mean and unkind babaji is a delight to watch. Watch him lock horns with our Singham and you are assured of whistles and claps. Equally convincing is Zakir Hussain, who is spiteful as the corrupt politician. In a brief role as the upright leader, Anupam Kher leaves a lasting impression. And our Singham is ably supported by Daya, who reprises his “Door breaking“role from CID .
Despite all its loop holes, i rooted for Bajirao whenever he came on screen, and i think, thats the victory of Rohit Shetty and his team, for creating a hero who you will root for, because–jisme hain dum, do faqt Bajirao Singham. For all the action and Singham brand enthusiasts, Singham Returns is a must watch.
Popcorn Entertainment Rating: 3/5