Singham Returns Review & Story

Directed by    Rohit Shetty
Produced by    Reliance Entertainment,Ajay Devgan and Rohit Shetty
Written by    Sajid-Farhad

Screenplay by    Yunus Sajawal
Story by    Rohit Shetty

Music by    Jeet Gannguli,Ankit Tiwari
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Distributed by    Reliance Entertainment
Release date(s)    August 15, 2014

Country    India
Language    Hindi

Cast
Ajay Devgan as D.C.P. Bajirao Singham
Kareena Kapoor Khan as Avni
Amole Gupte as Swami Ji
Dayanand Shetty as Inspector Daya
Anupam Kher as Guruji
Sameer Dharmadhikari
Zakir Hussain
Sharat Saxena



What’s Good: Ajay Devgn and the thrills his punches manage to evoke.

What’s Bad: The wafer thin plotline, hammy acting, predictable narrative and the lack of fun and excitement that drives a Rohit Shetty film.


Story:

Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) is still the strict, disciplined cop who believes in changing the society more than punishing. He has his own norms of functioning but it is expected of him that he tones down. Afterall, the supercop is now posted in Mumbai. He is given the responsibility of providing protection to Guruji, a political stalwart who dies under his custody.


Soon after, his head constable is found with crores of rupees in a van, dead! Singham traces all of this to the alliance party who weren’t satisfied with the main party’s agenda of supporting youth power in politics. He wants to take them to task. But it isn’t that easy for him to disband the men in power. After the death of the stalwart in custody, Singham resigns.

Bruised and down on morale, will Singham rise to avenge? Does he defeat the men in power and how is what the film’s story traces.


Star Performance:

Ajay Devgn is better in terms of performance since his last stint at playing Singham. He is marvelous and keeps the film flowing thick despite visible discrepancies. Even the faults you buy because of his conviction on the character. Probably his most memorable screen appearance, Ajay does justice to a character in a film that doesn’t quite live up to his potential.


Kareena Kapoor is used as a mere distraction in the film. Her comedy isn’t very funny. Her action seems forced and her emotions seem fake. She is pleasant face on screen who offers some respite sometimes but the actress doesn’t grab noteworthy attention in the film.

Anupam Kher does a good job. So does Mahesh Manjrekar, who quite slips well in the roles of political stalwart and state CM.

Coming to the villains, they were two very poorly cast actors. If you expect me to be petrified or intimidated by a sugar coated, religious leader who is caricaturish version of some ‘Bapu’, then it fails to work. The same goes for Zakir Hussain who is more of a comedian than villain.



Watch or Not:


Singham Returns doesn’t match up to Singham and that is the failure of this franchise venture. It is definitely a very watchable film with Ajay putting in his best foot forward in a role that brings out his caliber to the fullest but for those who are expecting a Rohit Shetty fun watch, this film is neither immensely entertaining or superbly enjoyable. The action doesn’t offer anything new and the drama is too superficial for my taste. It is just about average and that too only for its lead man whose swagger rules the show in this one.

Kick Box Office Collection

Salman Khan-starrer Kick is on track to be one of the biggest Bollywood hits. Kick's first-week collection at the domestic box office has been pegged at over Rs 155 crore, according to boxofficeindia.com, which said that it grossed Rs 14 crore on Thursday. Kick has already bagged the title of biggest grosser so far of 2014.

The other Rs 100 crore grossers of 2014 so far have been Jai Ho, 2 States, Holiday and Ek Villain, trade analyst Taran Adarsh said in a tweet.

Kick's collection in overseas markets has also been on an overdrive. Kick till Wednesday pulled in over Rs 36 crore, on the back of strong performance in the UAE and the UK, Mr Adarsh said in a separate tweet.

Kick's success makes Salman Khan the first Bollywood actor to have seven Rs 100 crore movies to his credit, according to Mr Adarsh: Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Bodyguard, Dabangg, Ready, and Jai Ho.

Also, starring Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kick was released across 5,000 screens in India and as well as 42 other countries.

Kick also marks the directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala. Kick is a remake of the hit 2009 Telegu film of the same name and the screenplay for the Hindi version was adapted by Chetan Bhagat and Sajid Nadiadwala, who's also the director-producer of the movie. The film has been released under the Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment banner.


Comparison of First Week India (Trade Figures):
Dhoom 3:  173.44 Crore
Chennai Express: 146.88 Crore
Kick: 155.54 Crore

Producer figure breakup:
Wednesday: 21.66 Crore
Tuesday: 28.89 Crore
Monday : 14.41 Crore
Sunday: 30.18 Crore
Saturday 27.15 Crore
Friday: 26.4 Crore

Trade figure breakup:
Wednesday: 20.33 Crore
Tuesday: 26.02 Crore
Monday : 13.16 Crore
Sunday: 30.04 Crore
Saturday 25.98 Crore
Friday: 25.99 Crore

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