Review: Singham Returns

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After filming Chennai Express with Shahrukh Khan, director Rohit Shetty announced his thoughts on making a sequel to one of his finest movies Singham and began filming for Singham 2. Actor Ajay Devgn reprises his role from the previous film, as well as co-producing the project, while Kareena Kapoor Khan plays the female lead.

Honest & fearless Bajirao Singham returns to Mumbai as the Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai Police. The story jumps into action when a police constable from Singham’s squad is found dead having scampered away holding enormous sum of money and is charged of being corrupt. As the story unravels, Singham begins a quest to track a black marketer with tremendous influence within the political system. Guruji (Anupam Kher), a righteous politician and Singham’s teacher, intends to change the society for the better but faces death threats from Baba’s (Amole Gupte) goons. During this blockbuster journey, Singham fights these influential rogues in the system with utmost honesty, courage & diligence. And all this whilst being romanced by a ditzy beauty stylist Avni (Kareena Kapoor)!

Stylewise, the movie recalls the 1970s and films like “Zanjeer” Amitabh Bachchan’s Angry Young Man breakthrough. Singham is also angry about injustice and quick to fight all comers. When he does, things go flying: his fists and feet; cars and vans; legions of bad, bad men.

Ajay Devgn’s famed intensity complements the character’s powerful spirit. He’s indomitable while on duty, tender when in love; and Devgn makes this character utterly likeable. Anupam Kher and Amole Gupte are well casted as the villains and act their part brilliantly.

Director Rohit Shetty, known for his Golmaal trilogy, shifts gears to action after Chennai Express. He does well for the most part, though the action bit spirals out of control at times (fights turning too violent and lengthy).

Music is overall good and well blended. ‘Kuch toh hua hai’ sung by Ankit Tiwari is a beautiful romantic number. While ‘Aata majhi satakli’, based on a famous Singham dialogue, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mamta Sharma is very different and will slowly grow on you. The title song composed by Meet Bros Anjjan is basically a revamped version of the title track from the original Singham.

In general, Singham Returns is much like any other Supercop movie. Bajirao flips guys in the air with one hand and can run as fast as a speeding Jeep. His signature attack involves leaping in the air and swatting bad guys with an open paw, accompanied by the sound of a lion roaring. If an exaggerated action film still excites you, go watch it!