The title Singam (Lion in Tamil) is no misnomer, and besides building an expectation, brings out the characteristics of a lion in the hero. The plot is simple and uncomplicated but what attracts the crowd to a movie such as this is an evening of pure entertainment. That and the fact that this is Surya’s 25th movie.
The story begins in a southern district of Tamil Nadu, where a brave police sub-inspector, Singam, is shown in his line of duty. Prakash Raj, on the other hand is the anti-hero, the Don, that controls Chennai using his mafia powers and political influence. Both characters meet due to a mishap, a direct outcome of the villain’s atrocity but the meeting triggers Prakash Raj’s ego leading to the inspector’s transfer to Chennai. Surya later realizes that this move was planned with a hidden agenda in place. The action sequences that follow are clashes between the Don and the Police.
To my Surprise Anushka’s role was a little different from her usual ones. Apart from being the typical girl-next-door who falls in love with Surya after a few encounters, her role is carried throughout as a motivational factor for the hero, ending up as a crucial one in the climax.
Romance was not in the air, but the songs made it look a little lively. Even though Anushka is taller than Surya, the cameraman and the choreographer didn’t let the audience notice. There is also a family aspect (emotions that are required to strike the balance) and and some comedy to blend. Unlike movies we have seen in the recent past, Singam has a well-managed screenplay, and connects the dots to make the movie work.
Naming the movie after the lead character has become a tradition now and might just work for this story after all the hero is shown with qualities of a lion – brave, ferocious and strong – also noble and a duty-minded person. Prakash Raj, as always, does a good job by keeping his cool.
In the end Singam destroys evil and saves the day, Chennai is free from mafia exploitation, and the audience is happy. This is not the Suyra we saw in Kakka Kakka, and Hari, the director, has utilized him differently and interestingly. Yet another typical Tamil masala-mix, but for a change this recipe has a different flavor which should be widely accepted and enjoyed.