CAST: Suriya, Anushka, Shruti Haasan, Soori, Thakur Anoop Singh, Krish, Sharat Saxena, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Robo Sankar, Nitin Sathyaa, Nasser, Radha Ravi, Jayaprakash
DURATION: 2 hours 35 minutes
SINGAM 3 SYNOPSIS : A reputed cop from Tamil Nadu takes charge in Andhra Pradesh to solve the mysterious murder of a top police officer, and takes on local thugs and criminals during the course of his mission.
SINGAM 3 REVIEW : After facing a slew of unexpected hurdles and the confusion which prevailed over the title, Si3 (S3 aka SIIIRev earlier) has finally made it to the screens. With the project getting postponed multiple times and the ‘entertaining’ political situation in the state, the hype around the film suffered a beating. But that doesn’t seem to deter Duraisingam from roaring loud, making swift actions, bashing up the baddies uncompromisingly and winning applause from his colleagues as well as the audience.
For a change, the third part in the Singam franchise isn’t set in Tamil Nadu. This time, it is the thugs and criminals of Andhra Pradesh who face the heat of Duraisingam’s (Suriya) clever actions and rapid decisions. The dedicated police officer is roped in to Visakhapatnam when the ministry finds him to be the most reliable person to solve the murder of Ramakrishna (Jayaprakash), a sincere police officer. Joining him in the mission are the characters played by Robo Sankar, Krish and others.
Like Singam 2, this time, too, Duraisingam manages to tweak his identity a little and lies about his relationship status even to his colleagues in order to maintain secrecy. In no time he understands that Madhusudhana Reddy (Sharat Saxena), an ego-centric goon in Vizag, controls the illegal activities in the city though he doesn’t have ample evidence to book him. After a series of investigations, he finds that Vizag-born multinational businessman Vittal Prasad (Thakur Anoop Singh), a proud Australian citizen, controls the network of Reddy and other gangsters. Vittal threatens Duraisingam when he realises that the latter is after him. A furious Singam then tries to nab him by finding a connection between the murder and his other unlawful doings.
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Suriya, who carries the entire film on his shoulders, is in full form — Duraisingam looks as intense, brave and energetic as he appeared more than six years ago. This time, too, his mission ends leaving a hint that the franchise is here to stay. Director Hari’s consistency in handling cop stories convincingly and entertainingly needs to be commended as he has been proving his expertise repeatedly. The popular element associated with the Singam franchise after Duraisingam, is perhaps, its theme music. Though the Suriya-Harris Jayaraj combination has been a successful combo, and the latter has done a decent job here, there are instances where Devi Sri Prasad’s beats are missed.
Anushka, who played Duraisingam’s girlfriend, Kavya in the first two instalments plays his wife this time and does what is expected of her — the role of an understanding and caring partner. The character, Agni, essayed by Shruti Haasan, is another role of the actress which actually acts as a speed-breaker to the otherwise super-racy script, and reminds you of Hansika in Singam 2. The audience can’t be blamed if they get confused whether they are watching Vedalam or Hari’s own Poojai during the scenes when Agni appears — the only difference being the protagonists. Soori’s antics and efforts to create laughs hardly work and make us make us yawn — and yearn for Vivekh’s Erimalai. Radikaa, in the role of a widow who is concerned about her daughters’ future, creates an impact even though she appears only in a few scenes. Thakur Anoop Singh, the new baddie in town, looks young, but feels less dangerous than the previous film’s villains. Sharat Saxena is OK in the role of a local thug.
It is a known fact that Hari has been following a template in many of his films — a ferocious hero, a separate comedy track, a glamour song (if it were Anjali in Singam 2 and Andrea in Poojai, it is Neetu Chandra who the hero shakes a leg with), and so on. However, this drawback is trivial as these elements continue to impress the masses.