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He can punch legions of hired hoodlums into submission. Troublemakers on speeding bikes can’t get past him, for he grabs them by their collars without suffering so much as a sprain. His stunts are out of this world, because gravity bends to his will and friction doesn’t slow him down.
Meet Bajirao Singham, the one-man army in director Rohit Shetty’s ‘Singham Returns’, a black-and-white world of sententious dialogue, over-the-top action, loud background music and mildly entertaining humour.
To quickly summarise the plot, Singham (Ajay Devgn) is Mumbai’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, a supercop blessed with infinite courage, phenomenal crime-fighting abilities and an unassailable character. Assigned the task of protecting upright politician Gurukant Desai (Anupam Kher), Singham comes in direct confrontation with Desai’s political ally, the unscrupulous Prakash Rao (Zakir Hussain) and his partner-in-crime — a wily, pot-bellied and all-powerful ‘godman’ called Baba (Amol Gupte). Singham must also try to clear the name of his colleague Mahesh, a low-ranked police official who was inexplicably discovered dead with a huge stash of unaccounted money.
There’s a lot happening in the movie but it’s hard to miss the director’s desire to simultaneously blame and exonerate people from all sections of society. So while you have a fake godman who preaches spirituality but is an alcoholic and a sexual predator in the privacy of his palatial home, you also have a mystic whose blessing turns the hero’s fortunes around. Journalists are shrill and slow on the uptake, but one of them becomes unusually supportive towards the police in the end.
Women are hysterical widows or mothers, but there is Bajirao’s girlfriend Avni (Kareena Kapoor) and a bunch of other women cornering Prakash Rao and warning him never to intimidate them again. And you have the idealist Desai as foil to the power-crazy Rao.