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Singham returns movie review: Watch it for its action

It has a message if you could grasp it but we would recommend you to don't juggle your brains much over that and just look out for two and a half hours of entertainment in
PTI August 15, 2014 22:11 IST
It has a message if you could grasp it but we would recommend you to don't juggle your brains much over that and just look out for two and a half hours of entertainment in which Ajay takes the lead.

Ratings- ** 1/2
Stars- Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anupam Kher, Amol Gupte
Director- Rohit Shetty
Music Director- Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gangulli, Meet Bros Anjjan and Yo Yo Honey Singh

Rohit Shetty, after roping in SRK in his production last year, soar his level up in his style of working. Now after a year the director is back with Ajay Devgn who tagged himself in Rohit's most number of flicks.

And nonetheless Ajay and Rohit are once again glorious with their beloved work of action in Singham Returns. But it's just action and nothing more than that which can keep you hooked to your seats. However, sequels in Bollywood have rarely worked but it seems to have gotten favorable for Rohit Shetty yet again this time. Looking back at his Golmaal series we may get a clear stance. Singham's sequel in yet another example of this cementing Rohit's successful streak in Indian cinema.

Singham Returns roars louder than before with its action and one-liners. This roar definitely received loud screams, high-pitched whistles and applause in jam-packed theatres on it's first day itself. However, it would be quite early to predict whether this could turn a gold-digger at box office.

So, first of all, what's the story all about? Allow me to narrate. The honest and the fearless Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) is now the DCP of Mumbai with same discipline and courage and is once again all set to flush off the local dirt. Mumbai has Guruji (Anupam Kher) as a virtuous political leader who wants to bring a new change in the society and considers black money as the biggest menace to the country. But his moralistic aims are a threat to some dishonest men including ‘dharm-guru' Swamiji (Amol Gupte) whose men keep threatening him.

Singham considers Guruji as his idol and worships him like his God. But he is left all broken when Guruji is killed. On the other hand an honest police constable from his squad is also found dead in an ambulance stuffed with huge sum of money. Singham out of guilt decides to shed his police uniform but only to work as an undercover investigator. The story thereafter follows Singham's battle against the corrupt system which tests his integrity and bravery.

Rohit mashes up the political deeds of our political system, exposes the self-acclaimed Gods and others but it hardly concerns us since it is served with intolerable melodrama particularly in the second half.

It could have been better had it been more refined. But neither have we expected a Rohit Shetty flick to be so nor the director considers panning the political deeds and changing his own image which we know is of action and comedy. But while the former is accomplished with perfection, the latter, comedy is dumped badly.

What turns unintentionally humorous is Babaji's ‘gyan', and some other side characters' emotional drama. Rohit's attempt to dredge some romance in the flick through Kareena Kapoor (playing Kavya Bhosle) and Ajay too doesn't works a lot.  Moreover, the complete police enforcement coming together to support Singham in the climax is too much to digest and unnecessarily dramatic.

But thank God, flick's action did't disappoint me neither would it to you. Choreographed by Rohit Shetty himself alongwith Jai Singh Nijjar and Suniel Rodrigues, the power-packed action sequences are two times bigger than Singham Returns's prequel. However, Rohit takes time to showcase his efficiency but packs it hard. The pre and the post interval moments are aligned with thrilling stunts but at times they turn ear-splitting with too many bullets, rocket launchers, slaps and punches.

One of them shot on a bridge is the jaw-dropping and the show-stealer. Had it been more of it, the flick would have been more entertaining. Editor Steven Benard's editing looks like have too much of gif format utilized in those sequences particularly when Ajay as an annihilator in one scene bashes up the goon. But it fits in well.

The raging interaction between Swamiji and Bajirao is captivating and amusing with some witty dialogues written by Sajid-Farhad duo.  What could have been paid attention to is the length which is extensive particularly the first half but Ajay makes it tolerable.

He fits in the role of super cop in the flick. Ajay brings in the frustration and anger which he has been maintaining in many of his political satirical flicks. With it he makes his character larger than life. He saved my money big time.

Kareena Kapoor Khan is like breath of fresh air. She is notorious and blatant in her character. But she didn't stay in my wits for long.

Amole Gupte as an antagonist is good. His presence has a required weightage but his character makes him unintentionally amusing.

Dayanand Shetty as an inspector carries the same persona for which he has been known in one of the longest running shows on TV ‘CID'. Anupam Kher is a righteous politician is good too.

Compared to flick's first instalment music is better here. Composed by Ankit Tiwari, Jeet Gangulli, Meet Bros Anjjan and Yo Yo Honey Singh, the songs have a decent shelf life while they gel in the movie comfortably. Background score by Amar Mohile is superb.

I'll go with two and a half stars for Singham Returns. Watch it for its action which fits in well with Ajay Devgn's hard-hitting persona.