Technical Aspects & BGM
Screenplay & Direction
A Perfect Mass Masala Action from Hari & Suriya!
Overall, Director Hari and Suriya are certainly back with a bang in Singham 3, a perfect mass masala action thriller for audiences with appropriate commercial elements in the right place. Despite the story traversing a global route, the film still remains local and accessible, thanks to Suriya's rooted performance and Hari's writing, which revolves around an interesting core plot.
Cast: Suriya, Anushka, Shruti Haasan, Thakur Anoop Singh, Sharat Sazena, Radhika, Soori, Krish, Robo Shankar & others
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Editing: VT Vijayan – TS Jai
Stunts: Kanal Kannan
Written & Directed by: Hari
Produced by: KE Gnanvel Raja
Banner: Studio Green & Aadnah Arts
Distribution: Pen India
Release Date: 09-02-2017
Run Time: 02:35:00
After a lackluster sequel in Singham 2, director Hari and Suriya are certainly back with a bang in Singham 3, a perfect mass masala action thriller for audiences with appropriate commercial elements in the right place. Despite the story traversing a global route, the film still remains local and accessible, thanks to Suriya’s rooted performance and Hari’s writing, which revolves around an interesting core plot.
Following the murder of a sincere police commissioner (Jaya Prakash), Durai Singam (Suriya), the righteous cop known for his singular achievements in Tamil Nadu, is invited to take over the case due to the inefficiency of AP police department. The events that unfold there onwards head towards a bigger crime, which is spearheaded by a Australia-based kingpin. How Durai Singam resolves the case forms the plot.
The first half gradually establishes the happenings and life in the port city Vizag, where Durai Singam has newly arrived. As you will expect in a Hari film, the screenplay takes extremely quick twists and turns from the first scene. The rapidly paced storytelling works here and gels with the premise despite the overdose of bird’s eye shots and some occasionally over-the-top graphical transitions (the metamorphosis of Suriya’s body into a lion). The interval block ups the ante, courtesy a good find in Thakur Anoop Singh, who does good justice to his role as Vittal. He’s menacing, composed, carries a brawny look with ease and mouths his lines with a decently good lip-sync for a newcomer.
The second half is quite eventful with enjoyable action sequences. Even the mass elements don’t make you frown, except in a very few instances. The punchlines are genuinely topical and don’t look force-fitted in most of the scenes. Comedy is the only letdown in the film, which features a bevy of comedians. Soori is a let down, more often than not, and Shruti Haasan’s weakly thought-out character arc just adds to the frustration. Anushka’s role is just confined to ‘been-there-played-Kavya’.
Suriya’s dazzling aura and scorching screen presence are the highlights of the film. With his inimitable high-pitched dialogue delivery and fiercely expressive eyes, even the ordinary scenes get transformed into peachy on-screen moments. He shoulders the film with intense energy and absolute enthusiasm right from the first frame. Hats off to Suriya for bringing the same Durai Singam alive even after years.
Though there are no hummable interludes or theme tracks that linger in your ears like the magic of DSP’s catchy tunes, Harris Jayaraj has done a decent job with the background score. Priyan’s cinematography proceeds swiftly and captures the film’s essence adequately, but the tackiness is slightly evident in a handful of scenes.
Overall, KE Gnanavelraja, Hari and Suriya have delivered a sure-shot commercial potboiler, which will surely set the cash registers ringing.