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Singam- Review

Suriya, Anushka, Prakash Raj, Vivek, Radha Ravi
Devi Sri Prasad
Studio Green
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Suriya’s Hari directed Singam, does not roar, it grunts! The film is watchable in parts only due to the awesome performance of Suriya, as a mass action hero cop. Hari is one director who refuses to move away from the comforts of the formula, and believes that he can go on rehashing his earlier films.

Good guys among the criminals are treated to his home made Sambar, bad guys get his bullets. Enter Dorai Singam (Suriya) a no-nonsense sub-inspector at Nallur police station in Tirunelveli district, who never wanted to be a cop and would have preferred to run the family provision store. He joined the force as his father (Radha Ravi), always had high regards for the police force. The villagers love him and will do anything for him because he is upright and fair in all his dealings.

On the other side of the coin is Mayilvahanam (Prakash Raj), an extortionist, kidnapper, runs ‘Kata Panchayat’ and also runs a real estate mafia in Tiruvanmayur area of Chennai. When one of his deals backfires, Mayilvahanam is forced to come and report to Dorai Singam at the Nallur police station and sparks fly.

The Chennai don using his political clout has Dorai Singam promoted as Inspector and transferred to Tiruvanmayur police station in Chennai. A cat and mouse game ensues between Singam and Mayil, leading to a lot of twists and turns. And to assist him and do the comedy track there is ‘Eatu’ Erimalai (Vivek)

The enmity between the two principal characters which started in Nallur travels to Chennai and ends in a bloody climax in Nellore. The film is racy at 2 hours and 35 minutes, and packaged as a mass masala entertainer.

Needless to say seeing the valor and courage of Dorai Singam, Kavya (Anushka), a girl from Chennai and daughter of industrialist Mahalingam (Nasser) falls head over heels in love with him.

Every scene and even dialogues and reactions from the supporting cast are predictable. Hari is obsessed showing a happy joint family in the first half, romance as usual is city girl falling for macho rural guy, even the song placements are exactly the same as his earlier films.

Devi Sri Prasad’s music is serviceable, with “Stole my heart” being the best of the lot, though Hari’s picturisation is the same like his earlier films. The action scenes are well choreographed by Rocky Rajesh, especially the theatre fight and running chase scene between Suriya and Besant Nagar Ravi. Priyan has done well by trying to frame the hero and the lanky heroine in one frame.

Of the performers Prakash Raj is becoming a ham villain, he needs urgently to reinvent himself and add more bite and character to his villain roles. Anushka is there only for glamour and songs, but does a decent job. Hari’s regular supporting cast including his father-in-law Vijayakumar is adequate.

Ultimately it is Suriya who carries the film to the winning post. His passion and the way he brings an ordinary regular larger-than-life hero character alive on screen is lesson for other commercial heroes. On the whole, it is a predictable entertainer that follows the age old formula, which might appeal to viewers who finds comfort in mass masala entertainers. Watch it only for Suriya. He is in top form.

Verdict: Paisa Vasool


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