Directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Amole Gupte and Zakir Hussain, ‘Singham Returns’ to make a box office collection of Rs.100-plus crore with a bang on Independence Day holiday weekend, a perfect time to make more money.
The sequel brings to forth forgotten police officer Ajay Devgn to fight back crime and cruelty, as if in between the years it had grown violently mainly because he was not there. A pure Rohit Shetty movie cannot grow beyond common genre and you cannot expect a better treatment than what a sequel does, more violence, more rhetoric and more violence.
It was a hurriedly-made film with incoherent sequences with two Bollywood friends of the director playing it to the audience in Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor. Set in Mumbai, the story revolves around black money, honest police officer and incidentally a principled chief minister.
To begin with The Hindu: review says the film, if taken seriously would result in more encounters in the country. “Fortunately, Rohit Shetty doesn’t expect his films to be taken too seriously otherwise it could become a benchmark for encounter killings for trigger happy officers. Thankfully, for him the novelty rests in creating opportunities to blow up more cars, explore new locations for stunts and take expansive aerial shots… Kareena is expected to lend some humorous touch and it seems she has been briefed to bring her Geet template to Singham’s territory. She does the needful but like most of the sub-plots the romantic track remains just an item,” it says.
But DNA’s review differs from this contention on Kareena’s role. “Although Kareena Kapoor plays the blabbering chatterbox yet another time, after her ‘Geet’ from ‘Jab We Met’, what catches our attention is the beautiful chemistry she shares with co-star Ajay Devgn. Looking resplendent throughout the film, Kareena helps our eyes from getting bored!”, giving clue that the film is not that boring.
FirstPost, as it is always, takes a dig at the sequence of events especially violence and stunts, which are common to Ajay Devgn films as he himself was son a famous stunt master in Bollywood. But the review in Firstpost wonders why the delay. “The first time a car goes airborne in Singham Returns, it’s been more than 90 minutes into the film. It happens on the Sea Link, where black vans full of bad guys show up. One of them has a rocket launcher and keeps popping up like the dormouse in the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland. The second car explodes soon after as does a third, but the fact is director and action director Rohit Shetty took 90 whole minutes before making things blow up in Singham Returns.”
Another remark in Firstpost review needs mention here and it is about Maharashtra and the Marathi culture. “Much of Singham Returns looks like an advertisement for Maharashtra’s infrastructure projects. Smooth highways, bridges that can withstand multiple explosions, massive cranes, a police force that is able to reach the scene of crime without delay — these are the illusions Singham Returns sells along with the idea that any Mumbai cop would look like Devgn does in a wet dhoti,” says the review, not leaving behind a remark on the film’s “atrocious sound design with a high-pitched buzzing sound that comes each time Singham hits someone. That’s supposed to be the ringing inside the head of the one who got hit but ends up in the audience’s ears.”
Reuters review says: “Despite its many obvious failings, “Singham Returns” is likely to strike a chord with the audience because it makes an effort to raise some important social issues. The portrayal of the nexus between politicians and men of religion, illicit funds and the yawning gap between the rich and the poor is often simplistic and ham-fisted, but suggests director Shetty might have his heart in the right place.”
The Times of India review says that Shetty has cracked the pulse of the masses as he brazenly plays to the galleries. “While the story itself plays it safe (too basic and predictable), the action is risky and rousing. Also packing a social message and feeding action lovers with raw ‘meat and bones’. It’s riddled with cliches and the length needs a good edit. But overall, it provides entertainment for enthusiasts of ‘Singham’ brand of cinema.”