Singham Returns is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Ajay Devgn FFilms. A sequel to the 2011 film Singham and the second installment in Shetty's Police Universe, the film stars Ajay Devgn reprises his role from the previous film, as well as co-producing the project, while Kareena Kapoor plays the female lead thus replacing Kajal Aggarwal. The film was released worldwide on 15 August 2014. The plot is inspired by the movie Ekalavyan.
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|Directed by||Rohit Shetty|
|Screenplay by||Yunus Sajawal|
|Story by||Rohit Shetty|
|Edited by||Steven Bernard|
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Box office||est. ₹216.56 crore|
Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) who is now the Deputy Commissioner of Police, gets transferred to Mumbai and he discovers that one of his team members (Mahesh) is found dead inside an ambulance with massive bags of money. Bajirao decides to unearth the truth behind it and in this process, he collides with a powerful and fraudulent religious leader, Satyaraj Chandar a.k.a. Babaji (Amole Gupte), who has high-profile connections with corrupt politicians.
During this period, Guruji (Anupam Kher), is killed by Babaji, even though Singham was present at the scene. He vows revenge. Because of this, he has to pretend that he has resigned in front of his family. Due to this, his father asks him and his childhood friend, Avni (Kareena Kapoor), to come to their home town, Shivgarh. After some time, Singham and Avni fall in love with each other. However, it is then revealed that Singham hasn't resigned and came to Shivgarh on a mission to get some evidence against Babaji.
When they get back to Mumbai, Babaji starts threatening Singham's family. On the other hand Prakash Rao (Zakir Hussain) harms all of Guruji's candidates, including Avni, because her brother is one of the candidates. Singham manages to save everyone but before they resign, one of Babaji's henchmen, Altaf (Pankaj Tripathi), wakes up from a coma and testifies against him. Singham arrests Babaji and his left hand, Prakash Rao (Zakir Hussain). However, some party workers execute an attack outside the court, killing the witnesses. This causes Babaji and Rao to receive bail. But after Babaji gets released, Singham and a team of police force goes to his house without wearing their police uniforms and engage with Babaji and Rao's men and subsequently torture them and the wounded Rao and Baba tell the truth.
A few weeks later, Guruji's party wins the elections. While being transported to jail in a van, Rao and Baba once again threaten and taunt Singham. Suddenly, the van stops and the driver walks away. A water tanker crashes into the van and both of them are killed. Inspector Phadnis (Vineet Sharma) tells media that there was a brake failure, and the incident is deemed as an accident (a plan that was fabricated by Singham which resembled the way officer Mahesh was killed).
- Ajay Devgn as Deputy Commissioner of Police Bajirao Singham
- Kareena Kapoor as Avni Kamat
- Amole Gupte as Satyaraj Chandra Baba
- Anupam Kher as Gurukant "Guruji" Acharya
- Dayanand Shetty as Senior-Inspector Daya
- Vineet Sharma as Sub-Inspector Phadnis
- Zakir Hussain as Minister Prakash Rao
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Chief Minister Vikram Adhikari
- Sonalee Kulkarni as Maneka
- Jitendra Joshi as Ashish (Maneka's boyfriend)
- Sameer Dharmadhikari as Kishore Kamat
- Deepraj Rana as Sunil Prabhat
- Sharat Saxena as Commissioner Rathore
- Ashwini Kalsekar as Reporter Meera Shorri
- Govind Namdev as Manikrao Singham
- Pankaj Tripathi as Altaf
- Sachin Nayak as Bhola
- Shriswara as Neeta Parmar
- Ganesh Yadav as Mahesh
- Sarita Joshi as Mrs. Jadhav
Director Rohit Shetty announced his thoughts on making a sequel to one of his finest movies Singham (2011). After filming Chennai Express with Shah Rukh Khan, Shetty reportedly has begun filming for Singham 2 with the lead star Ajay Devgn. Filming was expected to go on floors by December 2013 after Shetty's last directorial venture, Chennai Express (2013) released with Shetty starting the work of Singham 2's pre-production along with that of his another film which incidentally is a sequel too, Golmaal 4. However Ajay Devgn the lead of the film canned 20 days of photography for his another film Action Jackson, directed by Prabhudeva and start another leg of the shoot from 10 November 2013. After several delays owing to Devgn's shooting his other film Action Jackson concurrently the principal photography for a 15-day schedule of the film started from 15 May 2014 in Goa. The shoot was held in few places like streets of Siolim, a village located at a distance of about 25 Kilometres from Panaji. The ones which were held in Panaji were mostly indoor ones.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||5 August 2014|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Jeet Gannguli chronology|
|Meet Bros Anjjan chronology|
|Ankit Tiwari chronology|
|Yo Yo Honey Singh chronology|
|Singles from Singham Returns|
The soundtrack for the film was composed by Jeet Gannguli, Meet Bros Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari and Yo Yo Honey Singh. All the composers composed one song each. The soundtrack album contains four songs and one remix.
Another single "Aata Majhi Satakli" sung and composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh was released on 1 August 2014.
|1.||"Sun Le Zara"||Sandeep Nath||Jeet Gannguli||Arijit Singh||04:51|
|2.||"Singham Returns Theme"||Shabbir Ahmed||Meet Bros Anjjan||Meet Bros Anjjan, Mika Singh||04:38|
|3.||"Kuch Toh Hua Hai"||Sandeep Nath, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay||Ankit Tiwari||Ankit Tiwari, Tulsi Kumar||05:07|
|4.||"Singham Returns Remix (MBA Swag)"||Shabbir Ahmed||Meet Bros Anjjan||Meet Bros Anjjan, Mika Singh||02:49|
|5.||"Aata Majhi Satakli"||Yo Yo Honey Singh||Yo Yo Honey Singh||Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mamta Sharma, Nitu Choudhry||03:14|
Prior to its release on the eve of Independence Day on 15 August, a right-wing Hindu organisation, HJS wrote to the CBFC asking that the film be banned on grounds of depiction of Hindu saints in a bad light thereby hurting the religious sentiments. Shetty denied the allegation stating that he has never made anything controversial in his career.
Singham Returns received mixed reviews from Indian critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 stars and said "The film is a complete mass entertainer with power-packed drama, hi-intensity dialogue and towering performances as its aces. The brand value attached to it coupled with a long weekend will help the film reap a harvest and rule the box office in days to come." Rohit Khilnani of India Today gave 3 stars and said "Singham Returns is strictly for fans". Shweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times gave two stars and said "Watch Singham Returns for the action, not comedy". Mohar Basu of Koimoi gave 2.5 stars and said "Ajay Devgan and the thrills his punches manage to evoke but the wafer thin plotline, hammy acting, predictable narrative and the lack of fun and excitement that drives a Rohit Shetty film". Shubra Gupta of the Indian Express gave 1.5 stars and said "The sequel to 'Singham' is chock full of the usual car on jeep action. Explosions go off at regular intervals. Shootouts – one really well shot – occur frequently." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 2.5 stars and said "The predictable story tires you out eventually".
Singham Returns nett. collection over ₹32.09 crore (US$4.6 million) on the first day of its release in India. Domestic nett of Singham Returns was ₹140.62 crore (US$20 million). The film earned a final worldwide gross collection of ₹216.56 crore (US$31 million).
The 2018 film Simmba, a Hindi adaptation of the Telugu film, Temper, is a spin-off of Singham. Simmba stars Ranveer Singh, and is directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. It also stars Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood in its lead roles while Ajay Devgn reprises his role of DCP Bajirao Singham from the previous films.
Director Rohit Shetty has confirmed that there will be a third Singham film after the release of his another cop film Sooryavanshi with Akshay Kumar, which will be another spin off to Singham. He has also planned a cop-universe with Singham, Simmba and Sooryavanshi. The three will be seen together in a crossover film.
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