If Entertainment with a lot of Kick (pun intended) is what you are looking for, SINGHAM RETURNS it is for you this week.
This time, the action is based in Mumbai. Loaded with action, suspense and smart dialogues, Rohit Shetty returns with a sequel to his 2011 flick which was a remake of the Tamil film Singam.
With an Independence Day release, SINGHAM RETURNS touches on everyday aspects in a politically correct manner. You have 'night riders' on bikes not being arrested by Bajirao Singham because he understands, once they get into prison, they become hardened criminals. It's best to keep them out, he feels. There's also a talk on how they should use their energies for the nation rather than wasting their teen years.
A scene I liked very much is how television journalists jump to conclusions. ''Your work is to report facts, not pass judgements,'' Singham tells a lady reporter who has already concluded that the police officer found dead in an ambulance loaded with money is corrupt.
Another scene which works for me is the one when Singham visits the dead police officer's family who are told to vacate their living quarters. The scene is powerful portrayed by the wife who is willing to work in homes to make ends meet; she is even willing to have her school-going daughter do the same! Poignant!!CHECK OUT: SINGHAM RETURNS Movie Dialogues
Swami Ji's character is a little over-the-top but it nevertheless showcases the blind faith people have in self-made 'Babas' in different avatars.
In short, SINGHAM RETURNS is a masala movie, which is not 'over-the-top' but yet, which slackens the intensity in the plot towards the end. Especially when it turns a potentially intense scene into a farce by shooting the antagonists in the buttocks. But by then, you have got your money's worth. At least, I did!
The love angle between Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgn provides some comic relief with Bebo surprising with her act, far removed from her signature roles. Watch out for her precision in the scene when she goes after a snooping television journalist.
The very end, when the police force unites against the tyranny of politicians, will certainly go down well with our over-burdened cops, and the aam junta
. If we have police-officers like these, crime rate will drop to zero and 'corrupt politicians' will be a rare phrase. But that of course is in the reel world.
Ajay Devgn is in top form, balancing venom, romance and concern with equal aplomb. Rohit Shetty relaxes on the 'cars meeting mid-air front' a bit. The screenplay needs a special mention with care being taken for detail in every scene. Its picture perfect, especially the village scenes.CHECK OUT: Will SINGHAM RETURNS be Ajay Devgn's highest grosser?
The first half is slick... pure entertainment, the second half, towards the fag end, loses a wee-bit of its kick.
Nevertheless, for a citizen dreaming of a nation free of corruption, honest police officers and the end of politicians who suck blood, a visit to the multiplex will give you that feel... So what if it is only for 142 minutes!!!