Review : Singham Returns

Singham Returns: A complete Rohit Shetty masala fare

There are some movies which defy all logic but still you enjoy it and “Singham Returns” is one such movie…
The movie begins with a startling message “There are only 47000 people employed in the Mumbai Police force to protect 1.85 cr civilians of Mumbai”, Review Singham Returnsthis message actually started me thinking. Well this movie is Rohit Shetty’s tribute to Mumbai Police.

This time Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) is posted in Mumbai where he finds himself in between political tussle between Guruji’s (Anupam Kher) party and their coalition party headed by Prakash Rao (Zakir Hussain). Prakash Rao has a strong backing in the form of Baba (Amol Gupte) who runs an Ashram which finances Prakash Rao’s party. Things turn worse for Singham when a constable of his team is found dead in an ambulance with heaps of cash. How Singham solves the mystery of his constable’s death and brings law and order in Mumbai forms the rest of the movie.

Story by Rohit Shetty tries to touch upon issue from corrupt politicians with black money to God man and politician nexus, and the role of a policeman and their sacrifices which keep the civilians safe. Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal is packed with clichéd situations of how police are puppets in the hands of the politicians, but where Sajawal’s screenplay differs is the way the police is shown to solve the issue, though a bit too farfetched especially the climax, still it conveys a very strong message. Some sequences stand out like the dead constable’s wife is forced to work as a domestic help to run the household expenses or when a women lambasts Singham when he beats his son for taking money from the corrupt politician. I thought the villain’s characters were too much of a caricature especially Baba’s. Overall the screenplay is tight and crisp but with enough cinematic liberties.

What elevates the screenplay are the impactful dialogues by Sajid-Farhad, some of the dialogues are clearly for the gallery and gets enough whistles.

Ajay Devgn as Bajirao Singham again gives an impactful performance or should I say a seeti maar performance with his trademark dialogue from the previous Singham “Atta Mazhi Satakli”, well in some scenes Ajay goes a bit overboard but looking at the response of the crowd I should say it was worth it. Kareena as Avni has nothing much to do other than looking pretty and mouthing some comic dialogues, I think Kareena should take a break from the bubbly roles that she is portraying since “Jab We Met” days. Amol Gupte’s portrayal as Baba goes overboard and he hams all throughout the movie. Zakir Hussain as Prakash Rao is a caricature, which even an actor of his caliber could not salvage as the writing is weak. The rest of the ensemble cast Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ashwini Kalsekar, Dayanand Shetty, Sharat Saxena, Savita Joshi do a good job, though I felt Govind Namdeo as Singham’s father is wasted.

Action is a highlight of all Rohit Shetty movies, and this movie does not disappoint. Action designed by Rohit himself in collaboration with Jai Singh Nijjar and Suneil Rodrigues is filled with cars being blown, people flying and enough fisticuffs to keep the adrenalin rush and Dolby Sound blaring. Overall the action is typical Rohit Shetty style which an audience expects from his movies.

Cinematography by Dudley captures Mumbai well and the aerial shots and action sequences are worth a mention. Music is a big disappointment although it had an impressive lineup of composers from Jeet Ganguli, Ankit Tiwari, Meet Bros and Yo Yo Honey Singh. Rather Yo Yo Honey Singh’s song “Atta Majhi Satakli” sounds like a rip off from “Lungi Dance”.

Rohit Shetty clearly plays to the gallery and the masses and gives a paisa vasool entertainer worth an addition to the 100 crore club. I will go with 3 stars….

Movie Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Review : Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara

Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara: Not as impactful as the first part

Milan Luthria has a fascination for 70’s & 80’s, and it shows in his last two movies “Once upon A Time in Mumbai”, “The Dirty Picture” and now “Once upon A Time in Mumbai Dobara”.

The first part was an out and out gangster flick wherein it showed Mumbai in the 70’s when mafia was emerging and Sultan (Ajay Devgan) was ruling the city until Shoaib (then played by Imraan Hashmi) his protégé ditches him and takes control of the mafia of Mumbai (then Bombay) and flees to Dubai.

The sequel starts with Shoaib (now played by Akshay Kumar) is the ruler of Mumbai who operates from Dubai. His enemies like Rawal (Mahesh Manjrekar) try an assassination attempt on him in Dubai. In order to teach him a lesson Shoaib returns to Mumbai to kill Rawal with the help of his protégé Aslam (Imran Khan) but eventually falls in love with a struggling actress Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) not knowing that Aslam his protégé is also in love with Jasmine. Rest of the plot mainly concentrates on the love triangle.

The story & screenplay by Rajat Arora starts off as a gangster flick but ultimately ends up being a love triangle and there is where the film fails to live up to its expectations created by its previous part. The second half is extremely stretched and too many songs slow down the pace and the run time also increases. Another issue is, there are too many characters and sub plots which have no relevance to the main story.
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The real highlights of the movie are its dialogues just like its previous part, which is again written by Rajat Arora. Every scene is packed with metaphors & punch line, but at times it also becomes repetitive and monotonous.

Akshay Kumar looks good as the gangster Shoaib but his act becomes repetitive after some time, though it shows he is trying hard. Imran Khan as Aslam is a miscast and never in the whole movie does he look convincing as a henchman, though he is good in the romantic scenes. The surprise packet is Sonakshi Sinha, she lightens up the screen whenever she is there, at times she overshadows Akshay & Imran in a few scenes. Sonali Bendre as Mumtaz (previously played by Prachi Desai in the first part) is wasted but she shines in the 2 scenes that she has in the movie. Mahesh Manjrekar does not impress too much. Abhimanyu Singh does not give the same punch which Randeep Hooda did in the first part. Overall other than Sonakshi Sinha none of the other actors create any impact.

Cinematograhy by Ayananka Bose is superb and captures the Mumbai in 80’s well. Production Design by Priya Suhas is excellent and creates the right ambience of 80’s Mumbai. Costumes by Manish Malhotra & Kunal Rawal do justice to the period. Overall the Cinematography, Production Design & Costume Department takes the movie a few notches above the first part.

Music by Pritam is average and does not have any song which is impactful unlike his scores in the first part.

Director Milan Luthria has gone completely wrong in the casting in this film and other issue is that he is not sure whether he wanted to make love story or a gangster flick. The length is another drawback. I would go with 2 and a half stars….