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|Directed by||Rohit Shetty|
|Produced by||Reliance Entertainment|
|Story by||Rohit Shetty|
by Shaji Kailas
|Edited by||Steven Bernard|
|Distributed by||Eros International (Overseas)|
|Budget||₹70 crore[better source needed]|
|Box office||est. ₹219 crore|
Singham Returns is an Indian 2014 Hindi language action film directed by Rohit Shetty, and the second installment of his Cop Universe. Produced by Reliance Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Productions and Ajay Devgn FFilms on a total budget of ₹700 million, it is inspired by the Malayalam film Ekalavyan (1993) and stars Ajay Devgn in his usual character Inspector Bajirao Singham, while Kareena Kapoor portrays the female lead replacing Kajal Aggarwal.
Released worldwide on Indian Independence Day 2014, Singham Returns broke various opening day records and was a widespread success with domestic collection of ₹1.4 billion and worldwide earnings of more than ₹2.19 billion. Devgn reprised his role as Singham through a cameo appearance in the next films of Shetty's universe: Ranveer Singh's Simmba (2018) and Akshay Kumar's Sooryavanshi (2021). Post Sooryavanshi, Shetty has confirmed that the upcoming film in his cop universe will be none other than Singham 3 where Devgn will be searching for Jackie Shroff, an important actor of Sooryavanshi who is the mastermind of terrorist attacks happened in Sooryavanshi and will be saved in the climax of it.
Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) who is now a Deputy Commissioner of Police, gets transferred to Mumbai and discovers that one of his team members, Mahesh, is found dead inside an ambulance with massive bags of money. Singham 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, including the ruling party's leader Guruji's (Anupam Kher) secretary minister Prakash Rao (Zakir Hussain).
During this period, Guruji is killed by Babaji's henchmen due to Guruji's opposition to Rao's scheme, 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, Rao harms all of Guruji's candidates, including Avni, because her brother Kishore (Sameer Dharmadhikari) 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 Rao. However, some party workers execute an attack outside the court, killing the witnesses. This causes Babaji and Rao to go scot free. But after Babaji gets released, Singham and his team goes to his house without wearing their police uniforms, joined in by police from all around Mumbai. They successfully fight Babaji and Rao's men. Singham's team storm inside Babaji's house, and comically torture Babaji and Rao by firing a live round into both of their buttocks each. The wounded and humiliated Rao and Baba tell the truth, their confessions secretly being filmed and broadcast on live television and radio.
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 Dev Phadnis (Vineet Sharma) tells the 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 DCP Bajirao Singham
- Kareena Kapoor as Avni Kamat, Singham's love interest and Kishore's sister
- Amole Gupte as Satyaraj Chander Baba
- Anupam Kher as Gurukant "Guruji" Acharya
- Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspector Daya
- Vineet Sharma as Sub-Inspector Dev Phadnis
- Zakir Hussain as Minister Prakash Rao
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Chief Minister Vikram Adhikari
- Sonalee Kulkarni as Meneka
- Jitendra Joshi as Ashish (Meneka's boyfriend)
- Sameer Dharmadhikari as Kishore Kamat, Avni's brother
- Deepraj Rana as Sunil Prabhat
- Sharat Saxena as Commissioner Shiv Rathod
- Ashwini Kalsekar as Reporter Meera Shorey
- Govind Namdev as Manikrao Singham (Singham's Father)
- Meghna Vaidya as Singham's Mother
- Uday Tikekar as Avni's Father
- Shubhangi Latkar as Avni's Mother
- Pankaj Tripathi as Altaf Khan
- Sachin Nayak as Bhola
- Shriswara as Neeta Parmar
- Rakesh Kukreti as Mr Parmar (Neeta's Husband)
- Ganesh Yadav as Constable Mahesh Jadhav
- Sarita Joshi as Mrs Jadhav (Mahesh's Mother)
- Smita Tambe as Usha Jadhav (Mahesh's Wife)
- Amit Verma as Engineer Mayank Anand
- Monica Bhadoria as Jr. Artist , in women crowd when Neeta Parmar Slapped Rao
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.
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|Released||7 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. The first single track "Kuch Toh Hua Hai" sung by Ankit Tiwari and Tulsi Kumar was released on 25 July 2014. Another single "Aata Majhi Satakli" sung and composed by Yo Yo Honey Singh was released on 1 August 2014. The soundtrack album was released by T-Series on 7 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". Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and said, "This is one of Shetty's least cartoonish films. Which doesn't mean he's going for Ardh Satya-style realism. We’ve still got the signature cars blowing up and some terrific action sequences on the streets of Mumbai. But these sequences have a gritty texture." 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". Raja Sen of Rediff gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and said, "The problem with Singham (and, for that matter, any of these uninteresting modern day star-vehicles) is that the hero roams about unchallenged, unopposed, unexciting. The hero himself ain't bad – for whatever that's worth. Ajay Devgn wears his scowl like a wrestler would wear a championship belt, proud and unsmiling. He's got a fine, old-school swagger and his ass-kicking looks relatively authentic."
Singham Returns nett. collection over ₹321 million (US$4.5 million) on the first day of its release in India. Domestic nett of Singham Returns was ₹1.41 billion (US$20 million). The film earned a final worldwide gross collection of ₹2.17 billion (US$30 million).
An official game based on this film has been released by Zapak Mobile Games Pvt. Ltd, for Android mobile phone users.
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.
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