A charming super cop with full energy as the title character, predictably silly storyline, cluttered script, rhyming punch dialogs, unevenly embedded comic sequences, out of sync songs, over the top action sequences and some lame sentimental values. Singam 2 from director Hari is that uneven package of entertainment which won’t disappoint you if you have loved the first installment beyond the on screen charm of Suriya. With the canvas going slightly wide as “Indian Police”, you are in for that exaggerated and outdated Tamil entertainer that may not make you yawn because of its pace.
The second part has Durai Singam as an undercover police officer who is presently working in a school as an NCC chief. His enquiry is basically about the illegal exports that are happening in Thoothukkudi. With enemy line getting filled with desi, corporate and international criminals, Durai Singam is on a mission to expose them and punish them. How he manages to do this under the dark administrative and political chiefs is what this episode all about.
As I mentioned earlier there isn’t anything unpredictable or surprising in the script. Whatever that had the surprising element weren’t that convincing. The story is written for the show off of the title protagonist and Hari once again goes to his favorite zone of social preaching on drugs, illegal money etc. The main difference I felt from Singam was the number of characters in the storyline. The canvas here comprises of three antagonists, 2 lovers for the main lead, 2 comedians (usually its one), associates of the villains and the big family of Durai Singam etc. In the runtime of two hours and 40 minutes, almost half an hour is for those squeezed in comedy sequences that in a sense spoil the feel of a commercial action masala. With script trying to make the character an epitome of sincerity, dedication, smartness and power; the movie offers a kind of fun, but not thrill.
In the making, Hari is still in his old style including the title card font (Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Direction – Hari). The pace in narration, one shot sequences that start from the table in a police station and ends up in Indian Ocean are still there in his making manual. The screenplay is dull. Nothing so unpredictable and the comedy sub track and songs are out of context. What manage to please you are those firebrand dialogues and some ultra slow motion glimpses of Durai Singam that has its energy to make you whistle. But those English and Malayalam dialogs were bizarre and lame. Cinematography and edits are on the average side. Over the top stunt sequences with no great surprises. Average music from DSP.
Suriya is very much in the comfortable zone as Durai SIngam. He manages to deliver those fearless dialogs with energetic body language. Hansika has the larger screen time and she did a just about ok performance. Anushka doesn’t have much to act apart from the two dance numbers. Santhanam and Vivek are there with their used up comedy numbers. Danny Sapani was ok as the chief antagonist mainly for his appearance rather than performance. Rahman was also convincing in his role.
Overall, it’s an average dish. It’s the same old Singam story in a new backdrop and wider canvas. I am giving a generous 2.5/5 for this Indian Police power show. Watch, whistle, haul and forget.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended