Ajay Devgn returns as Singham in Singham Returns. Harpreet Virk provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
The ‘Devgn-Shetty’ combo reunite for a wilder and louder Singham Returns.
The muscle-y police inspector Bajirao Singham (played by Ajay Devgn) is back catching bad guys in Mumbai. The film is not short with action packed scenes, but is arguably not as entertaining as Singham.
The action really starts to kick in 90 minutes into the film, the ‘typical’ Shetty style high voltage explosions, crazy death-defying stunts and machinery exploding into flame and who could forget the flying cars which is ideally routine for this action loving director.
Shetty did try a different approach to his protagonist with allowing him to be more mature and wiser as opposed to a hot headed character. But the film lacks the element of surprise, as it imitates the 80’s ‘Angry Young Man’ vibe of Indian cinema.
Bajiaro Singham is now a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Mumbai. The story revolves around the the death of a police officer. It looks as if the police officer is corrupt but Singham refuses and pledges a vows to avenge his death. He begins to investigate this unusual death and is lead to Babaji (played by Amol Gupte).
He later finds out that Baba and the political party are allies. The enemy is equipped with rocket launchers and our hero only has a few policemen and average looking guns.
The fight obviously looks unfair but with the help of his loyal policemen Singham puts up a fight with the bad guys. Every battle from here on out is fiercer than the last but lacks in originality. Cars begin to fly amidst the hand-on-hand combat *yawn*.
|Singham Returns begins a quest to track a black marketer, he fights the rogues with courage.|
|Ajay does well. Action packed with a little romance.|
|Shetty delivers yet another hot headed, slapping, punching action movie.|
|Predictable, meets the expectations of a Rohit Shetty film.|
|The music album is ordinary, but soundtrack works well with the film.|
|Not as good as the first Singham but delivers high explosive action.|
|A SHETTY ACTION SPECIAL|
Even the sound effects of the slapping hitting can become quite cumbersome to sit through. Be warned: Bring your earplugs when going to watch this. The sound is quite irritating.
One of the funny moments is when Singham is teased by his girlfriend (played by Kareena Kapoor Khan) and one of his fellow police officers about his age .
The police officer teases him to get married because “Umar nikal rahi hai”. The blankness of Devgn’s face is funny as it reminds the audience that not even police officers can avoid social expectations.
The weakest areas of this film is the cliché love story that every bachelor faces in a Bollywood movie. Kareena Kapoor Khan plays an unnecessary add-on to the film, and seems to distract Singham from his goal.
Devgn’s expressionless acting finally suits his tough exterior character, and as a couple Kareena and Ajay look embarrassingly awkward together. However discomfort aside, you cannot deny the beginning of a love story.
As for the music of this film, the four music composers present a different feel for the four songs in the film. The soundtrack consists of the Singham Returns theme, two romantic numbers and one hip-hop modern song.
The soundtrack of the movie didn’t have very high expectations, but with less songs to the average Bollywood movie, the music ties in quite well with the action-packed story.
All in all, Singham Returns cannot be considered as unbearable, but more predictable. Shetty has got considerably better with storytelling and Ajay Devgn is still able to take on the role of a warm hearted tough policeman.
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