Movies

Singham Returns...Half a Singham!

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/movie-images/2014/08/15/film_review_1_0.jpg?itok=jfdZvmEf

MUMBAI: Sequels are usually a means of using the brand equity of the title of a successful film. Singham Returns is one more such example. Ajay Devgn is still a cop who can fell half a dozen goons with one blow. Well, he has to, since the goons come in droves of fifty or more. But while that remains the same, the rest has changed because most Hindi filmmakers take the audience for granted while making a sequel.

Devgn, a defiant and honest cop, who has been transferred to Mumbai from his Goa post in Singham (while in reality, such cops are transferred out of Mumbai!). Since he is Singham, he remains constant, while all including the villains as well as his wife to be too (!) have changed. Actually, the film has no space for a female lead but that would be a great risk according to Indian films’ unwritten regulations.

Devgn is in comfortable company. His school teacher, Anupam Kher, leads a ruling political party, albeit in keeping with the recent trend of a coalition with another party. Kher’s party has Mahesh Manjrekar as the CM while his coalition partner is Zakir Hussain, whose strings are pulled by a swami, Aloke Gupte. Being Guru Kher’s disciple, Manjrekar and Devgn are both on the right side of the law while Hussain, under the auspice of the swami, is corruption personified and, obviously, possesses a criminal mind-set. It is a formula that has been working for decades; a swami and a seedy politician have always made a great combination for villainy.

As things go, Devgn has the backing of all concerned: his school senior, the CM Manjrekar; their common school guru Kher; the police commissioner, Sharat Saxena; as well as the all of 40,000 odd cops of Mumbai!

Everybody knows that the villains are Gupte and Hussain but the law needs proof. That is what the whole film is about. 142 minutes of finding proof against two not-so-sinister or convincing villains, Hussain and Gupte. So, finally, the film amounts to one-upmanship between the villains and Devgn. It goes on and on as the judiciary needs proof and police being what it is supposed to be, can’t protect its only witness. The villains win all the way until, finally, the law keepers become outlaws to liquidate the villains. They march in their sponsored banians to the villains den in just about the most clap trap scene in the film.

The problem with Singham Returns is that it is an oft repeated story about a swami and a corrupt politician pitted against an honest establishment represented by a cop. What is more, it is poorly scripted. The film starts with the super cop, Devgn and a youth brigade riding fast bikes. That is rather tame. The script is so predictable, it could be any honest cop vs corrupt politician. Rohit Shetty’s direction without his blowing up cars does not amount to much really. The film has four music directors and eight lyricists on it credits but no song worth a mention!  Dialogue is okay at times. While the film needs some more trimming, the positive factor is its photography, especially aerial shots of Mumbai.

As for performances, nobody really needs to act in this film. Devgn with his puffed up cheeks does what he does on regular basis: throw punches. Kareena Kapoor has no role really and just pouts her way through. Kher is his usual self. While Gupte overacts as the swami, Hussain is the only one who is convincing. Dayanand Shetty, the Daya of the TV serial CID does what he does in the serial; act as a mighty cop and breaks down doors; he is effective. Rest in the cast are incidental.

On the whole, Singham Returns is a high priced routine film with only salvation being its four day weekend starting with the Independence Day holiday on Friday and ending with the Janmashtami holiday on Monday. Much appreciated earlier version, Singham, had barely managed to make it to 100 crore mark. While this film needs to do twice as much, it will fall much short of that mark.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/19/newton%20%281%29.jpg?itok=0uLaSCf2
Rajkummar Rao's Newton to make world premiere at Berlin Festival

The New Year is beginning on a high note for Drishyam Films, the makers of much loved films such as Masaan, Dhanak and Waiting. Their latest film Amit V Masurkar’s Newton is all set to make its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious film...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/19/Rudrarup%20Datta-800x800.jpg?itok=cCB1M-48
xXx India blitz cost Viacom 18 over Rs 10 crore

MUMBAI: Have you wondered if a Hollywood movie could have its maiden release in India? It's rare and exceptional. What it takes to be that big? Is it a large-scale promotion or a marketing stunt? It's a not a stunt but the right marketing strategy that can make a film as big as a grand award...

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/18/raees.jpg?itok=Zn11iydU
Bleeding Pak theatres may become 'Raees' again

MUMBAI: Four months after Pakistan stopped screening Hindi films in its cinemas responding to Bollywood's unofficial ban on Pakistani artistes following the Uri attack, Pakistan is again attempting to allow screening as theatre-owners are bleeding financially.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/16/dangal.jpg?itok=SVTwJuie
Weak films fall by Dangal-side

The exhibition sector felt some relief with a blockbuster in Dangal after a long gap to help them sustain the cinemas, the vacuum faces them again as the two new movies, OK Jaanu and Haraamkhor, failed to bring in even the initial audience or, for that matter, even the compulsive first day or first...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/14/OK-Jaanu.jpg?itok=77K9Fqst
OK Jaanu: ...Live-in romance replayed!

OK Jaanu is a contemporary love story which eventually settles about halfway between modern-day relationships traditions while conveying the eternal belief that love always triumphs. These kinds of films are made now and again but a love story is a love story and usually has its own appeal if...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/13/xxx-800x800.jpg?itok=ktebzkWf
Viacom18 starts NY with 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' premiere

Starting the year on a promising note Viacom18 is proud to present xXx: Return of Xander Cage to the audience in India. After wowing viewers in Mexico and London as part of the global domination tour, megastar Vin Diesel visited India for the premiere along with his co-star, Bollywood beauty...

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/12/Sunil-lulla-800x800.jpg?itok=6Xn_dYi6
'17-18: Eros Media to produce 50 films in multiple languages

MUMBAI: Eros International Plc, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced that its majority-owned subsidiary, Eros International Media Limited, released its film production lineup for 2017-18.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/12/Force-2.jpg?itok=3Vgc5reZ
'Force 2' piracy: Viacom18 registers FIR; KSS blames it on a theatre

MUMBAI: The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, BKC, Mumbai, has registered an FIR against K Sera Sera Digital Cinema Ltd (K Sera Sera) upon a complaint filed by Viacom18 in relation to online piracy of its film ‘Force-2’.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/11/star-wars-800x800.jpg?itok=eQQSlSP5
Star Wars: Complete Saga is back on Star Movies!

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is starting on 14 January at 12 noon, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones on 15 January at the same time.

Movies Hollywood

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories