Singam 2 review

Singam II is a 2013 Tamil action film directed by Hari, a sequel to the successful 2010 film Singam.

Produced by S. Lakshman Kumar, it stars Surya in the title role with Anushka, Hansika Motwani, Vivek and Santhanam in supporting roles.

The film was released on July 5, 2013 along with a Telugu dubbed version titled Yamudu II. A Hindi version, Singham II is scheduled for July 12.

Movie: Singam II
Directed by Hari
Produced by S. Lakshman Kumar
Written: Hari
Star Cast: Surya as Durai Singam, Anushka as Kavya, Hansika Motwani as Sathya, Vivek as Erimalai, Santhanam as Sussa, Danny Sapani as an Danny, Radha Ravi as Duraisingam’s father, Nassar as Mahalingam, Vijayakumar as The Home Minister, Rahman as Thangaraj, Mukesh Rishi as Bhai, Mansoor Ali Khan as Kareem Bhai, Nizhalgal Ravi as Muthumanickam, Thalaivasal Vijay as Selladurai, Manorama as Kavya’s grandmother, Sumithra as Durai Singam’s mother, Janaki Sabesh as Kavya’s mother, Anjali in a special appearance, Rajendran as Sagarayam
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Priyan
Editing: VT Vijayan
Studio: Prince Pictures
Distributed: Prince Pictures (Tamil Nadu), Studio Green (Telugu version)

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The sequel hits straight to the core and is racier than its prequel in many parts. When you come up with sequel, the filmmakers and script writers are bound to a tough responsibility of retaining the intensity and depth of its earlier version. Over here, it’s obvious that director Hari excels with his remarkable job.

The film opens with a ‘RECAP MODE’ of Singam 2010 that continues into the undercover mission of Durai Singam (Surya) in Tuticorin. When he gets the picture of conniving acts of Bhai (Mukesh Rishi) and Thangaraj (Rahman) involved in drug peddling, he is back into his shoes of a cop in uniform and sets out to put an end by locking horns with Danny (Danny Sappani), the mafia kingpin.

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The makers were in complete zestfulness while affirming that Singam 2 has double the value of its prequel. Yes, it proves to be the same in many parts and what’s more exciting is its racy screenplay. The running length of 2hrs 45mins seems more like a 90-minute flick, which is more of a rarity. It’s more visible that Hari has exerted scrutinising efforts to offer gripping moments in every scene.

To be precise, he has perfectly showcased the unique work style of police force, where brain dominates muscle power. Indeed, there are few scenes to prove the brawny quotient of Surya and they cater to his diehard fans. Not to miss the fight sequence with sickles during the rainy night that thunders with applause and whistle inside theatres. Getting on with other ingredients of comedy, romance, sentiments, etc, they are relatively low when compared with its prequel.

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Again, it’s the need of script and if Hari had tried deliberately pushing these elements with over dosage into screenplay, there might have been a drop in pace.

You might not find more combination scenes between Surya and Anushka, but a particular scene, where Surya says, ‘Heart bleeds when eyes get moist and that’s true love’ pays off well to the relationship between Durai Singam and Kavya (Anushka). The first half travel in jet speed with the intermission standing out as a major punch and second half maintains the momentum. One more noteworthy factor is that a proper research has been done on police networking, which is quite evident with few instance like tracing IMEI number, Operation D plan, etc. Okay! Don’t miss the African police surprised by the Indian style of Police – Soda Bottle and slap on the run.

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Coming down with performance, it’s Surya exhibiting his overpowering performance throughout the film. Fine! The prequel had a challenging actor Prakash Raj opposite him and this one indeed gets a dyad of this sort – Rahman and Mukesh Rishi. These actors have brilliance presented in their unique style. There is one particular scene, where infuriated Rahman utters a non-stop dialogue inside a lock up room despites heavy chain hitting his back head accidentally.

This is something off-the-wall stroke that any actor would miss to go for and a ton of appreciations for his stunning act. Mukesh Rishi doesn’t get to much score, but is okay with his role. As mentioned earlier, Anushka doesn’t have more scenes with Surya, but retains the same mannerisms as in prequel and kudos to the girl for this. The additional attraction here is Hansika. Trust us! She gets a meaty role and this is the first time you would see in a different avatar. Vivek doesn’t have much to tickle your funny bones, but you’ll have the smile sparkling as you see appears onscreen.

Santhanam mimicking the Christian prayer and Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam stunt is over the top. But what’s little disappointing is we don’t see these comedy icons together. Manorama, Radha Ravi, Nasser, Priya, Nizhalgal Ravi, Thyagu and others from the prequel try to match up here, though they do not have much of prominence here. Prakash Raj’s montage of prequel is a special treat, though it doesn’t for long minutes.

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Danny Sappani looks terrific. Vijayakumar’s characterisation as Home Minister gets a vital scope here and is an additional strength to the script.

On the technical front, Devi Sri Prasad gives the right feel to the fast-paced screenplay with his background score. Naturally, the songs belong to different genre among which theme song by Hariharan becomes the showstopper. ‘Kannukulla’ and ‘Singam Dance’ is a special treat for everyone.

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Overall, Singam 2 is 100% paisa vasool film. There is a famous quote on films – The drama begins when logic ends. And so is vice-versa, but Hari manages to balance them accordingly and win our praises.

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Comments

  1. AK Murugan says

    Singam 2 opens up with an item number of Anjali with Duraisingam(Suriya) who moonlights as an undercover cop to bust illegal activities happening on Tuticorin.

    Duraisingam who has resigned his Police job, now spending his time as an NCC trainer in a higher secondary school before he braces up to strike against international baddies.

    While Duraisingam’s ladylove Kavya (Anushka) is waiting for him to marry( and will forever wait to marry him :-) ) , Sathya (Hansika), a plus two student :-( also falls for him.

    During his investigation, Duraisingam identifies an international drug dealer Danny (Danny Sapani) is behind the local groups of Thangaraj (Rahman) and Bhai(Mukesh Rishi) behind all the illegal activities happening on the coast.

    He is taking charge of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) again, and brings up a mission named – Operation D to bring down the empire of Danny and the local dons. State Home Minister (Vijayakumar) is the moral support for all the activities carried out by Duraisingam.

    How he goes about taming the villains, forms the crux of ‘Singam 2′.

    Script Review
    The story of ‘Singam II’ is just a take-off from the original and how the tough-as-nails cop continues to crack down on the baddies. Here, Hollywood actor Danny Sapani is at the receiving end.

    The difference is that Part 2 is an overdosed action film , which somehow misses Hari’s midas touch of heavy sentiment, though he still maintains the pace except the climax action sequence. Additional the crew also shows South Africa, but he made the biggest loophole in the script on state government sending force to abroad. Operation D can only happen on Films, not in reality.

    Cast and crew
    It would be an understatement to say that it is Suriya all the way in ‘Singam II’. The 1.5 tonne powered police officer strides the screen like a colossus and the entire movie revolves around him. He shoulders the film big time and has given a power packed performance in action sequences, which is sure to reach the masses. Singam 2 will be a definite relief to Suriya after the debacles of 7aam Arivu and Maattrraan .

    Suriya has matured as a very good dancer too, ‘Singam dance’ a perfect example, One suggestion would be not to show the stiffness in the face, and make the steps look ease like leading dancers of tamil.

    Anushka, who was part of the first part, has a much lesser role in this part and is no longer young. Hansika’s role is integral with the story but she does not fit onto the role of a +2 student.

    For Anjali, Item dance is not her forte.

    Vivek, who had a big role in the original as ‘Erimalai‘ gets not much screen space. Santhanam entertains with his usual double entrant comedy in the first half.

    Janaki Sabesh as Anushka’s mother has a nice comic sense. Aachi Manorama hardly speaks 3 words in the film.

    Danny Sapani, the hollywood actor is shown as International drug lord but is very powerless. Rahman and Mukesh does their regular baddy job on screen.

    DSPs Music and BGM not a treat unlike the original version

    V. T. Vijayan’s editing could have been better, but nothing much to complain.

    Priyan’s Cinematography is fresh with new high angles and action sequence captured well

    Baba Bhaskar’s Choreography is nice to watch.

    Positive points
    Suriya’s terrific screen personality and powerful performance
    Fast-paced screenplay
    Hari’s touch in the action drama
    Choreography
    Lower expectation prior release
    Negative points
    Not so innovative plot and it’s predictable nature.
    Villain dummy in front of hero.
    One man show, under utilized rest of the cast.
    The story has a lot of logical flaws.
    Hari should have avoided raising a racial abusive comment like African Monkey.
    Music is a big let down.

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