Sooryavanshi (2021) :
Movie Review -
Sooryavanshi has been awaited since 2018 when Veer Sooryavanshi made a surprise entry in Rohit Shetty's Cop-Universe. In the climax scene of 'Simmba', it was clear that Akshay Kumar's Veer Sooryanashi isn't going to be the same cop we have seen before. He was supposed to be different from 'Singham' and 'Simmba' and after watching Sooryavanshi, it is confirmed. An interesting thing to note here is, Veer Sooryavanshi is a combo of both the Super Cops- Singham and Simmba. He is intense like Singham and at the same time he is funny & quirky like Simbba. Rohit Shetty gambles smartly with the idea of bringing together these three super cops in a mainstream entertainer and he adds couple of strong motives like Hindu-Muslim unity and a mandatory glorification of all the heroes in uniform who serve us day and night. The problem with the film is that it is too typical about its graphics. Not a single scene goes without prediction of audience. It seems like that Rohit Shetty hasn't moved from those stereotype glimpses of 'Chennai Express' (2013) and 'Singham Returns' (2015) as if those were great films. The box office success is a whole different thing when it comes to commercial potboilers but sadly it encourages our filmmakers to continue repeating the same things. It's 2021 but Rohit is still trying to make a film of 2011. 'Singham' still remains his best work post 'Golmaal Fun Unlimited' and now after watching 'Sooryavanshi', i am sure that he will never be able to make a high-repeat value film like that. His Golmaal franchise hasn't really got any good film since 2006, and the same goes with 'Singham' (considering it as a pioneer to this Cop-universe). He failed to leave an impact with every film he made after Singham but the problem is, he never learnt from mistakes. Rather, he continued using the same jokes and cliches in all his films because his films were smash hits at box office. Maybe the audience wants to see the same stuff again so i don't blame him much but i must say that he is losing his touch.
Veer Sooryavanshi, a honest ATS officer is given this tough task to find out about upcoming threats to the Mumbai City. As expected, we get to see the assemble of three "S" cops- Singham, Simbba and Sooryavanshi in an action packed and explosive finale. The screenplay is unexpectedly slow in the first half. Actually, it has nothing to show you. It's just a basic build-up. But then in the second half, it gathers a momentum when Simmba and Singham make dashing entries. Those last 20 minutes deliver a complete mass oriented blockbuster experience with lots of action, comedy (little childish) and heroic stuff. Sooryavanshi fails to create a standalone impact. The best possible reason for that could be the anticipation created about an assemble of three cops. The same thing happened with Simmba too. The same average entertainer of Rohit was boosted by powerful cameo of Singham and then Veer Sooryavanshi's introduction. From the trailer itself you know that there will be two grand entries sooner or later so naturally you start hyping it and forget the main hero. Akshay Kumar as Veer Sooryavanshi isn't a normal police officer, he is ATS officer. There is difference and people need to understand that. You come to know about it while watching the film and then you realise that you can't expect him to be out-an-out massy cop like the one he played in 'Rowdy Rathore'. His funny dialogues and seriously-quirky conversations keeps you engaged or should i say they are surviving factors. Katrina Kaif looks gorgeous in every single scene but for a change, this character provides her couple scenes where she delivers some good dialogues effectively. Unexpectedly, Ranveer Singh as Bhalerao is too childish in this film. I don't know from where Rohit got this idea to present him in so funny manners that you even forget that he playing a police officer. He looks like comedian who is trying to bring those much needed gags in serious situations. That's not what we saw in Simmba. The same mistakes have been repeated with Ajay Devgn's character Singham. Shetty uses his mass values but forgets to keep his class alive. For instance you enjoy watching Singham when he makes a heroic entry but then you suddenly see him doing unnecessary comedy in utterly serious situations. Actually all three cops to be precise. I mean who cracks jokes when you are fighting with terrorists in a locked premises and a bomb on body?
Sooryavanshi has a big cast to fill the negative bag but none of them makes any difference. Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Sikander Kher, Nikiteen Dheer all are decent in their roles but nobody really looks like playing a dangerous villian. Of course i don't expect every Rohit Shetty film to have a terrific villain like Jaykant Shikare played by Prakash Raj but please give us something convincing at least. The music adds more glamour and entertainment in the film but slows down the pace. 'Aila Re Aila" comes with end credits, 'Mere Yaara' is strictly average and 'Tip Tip Barsa Paani' is there right after Interval point to surprise you. It does not match the original of course, but it's Hot! Rohit Shetty repeats those old cliches to satisfy his hardcore fans and maybe that's what they want. The struggle of cinematographer can be seen in those unstable frames. Thankfully, the background score is stimulating. Simmba had better though, which, you can experience here again on Ranveer's entry scene. Singham's BGM is out of reach by far.
Coming to the plus points, Rohit Shetty challenges himself to deliver some socially important stuff here. Like in Simbba, he tried to convey the seriousness of 'Rape Cases In The Country', here he brings patriotism and nationalism. He makes sure that every single thing is enjoyed by masses and family audiences. I am not sure if quality cinema lovers will like it. All said enough, i must say that Sooryavanshi is a relief for cinema industry as it brings back that much needed commercial cinema. We have been missing a big event film like this for almost 20 months, and here it is. Sooryavanshi deserves to be watched once with normal expectations. But the hype and excitement of assembled version of cops is left behind. In normal time (in 2020 i mean), it would have been a Super Hit at box office for sure. Predicting the box office fate today is difficult, especially for a film which is entitled to set the new parameters. With Sooryavanshi, we will know the new dimensions of box office so let's support it for that. Overall, an average film uplifted by first-ever grand assemble of three massy friendly characters in modern bollywood.
RATING - 6/10*
Action / Crime / Thriller
Action / Crime / Thriller
1993 Mumbai as rocked by 14 back to back blasts which changed the image of city forever Kabir Shroff managed to solve the case within two days but feels guilty that master mind Omar Hafeez and Billal eloped from the city.Omar Hafeez over the years planted many attacks in the country and formed a sleeper cell network lead by his son Riyaz Hafeez.Years later Riyaz's fake identity is traced in Jaisalmer where a team lead by DCP Veer Sooryavanshi goes to arrest him with arrest of Riyaz underworld gets shaken and Omar asks Bilal to return to India.Sooryavanshi finds from Kabir that in 1993 1000 ton RDX came in the city out which 400 ton RDX was used and 600 ton still lies no where and only person who as the idea of this is Bilal.Soorya is going to a tough patch in his personal life as his duty comes first he is very much close to arrest Bilal who commits suicide.Soorya finds that Bilal was in the country after years and also traced missing RDX and met old friend Usmani.Soorya gets a hint that some big attack is going to happen in Mumbai city with activities of Bilal where sleeper cells will be active.In order to save the city two other tough cops Bajirao Singham and Sangram Bhalerao (Simmba) join Soorya in the mission. —[email protected]
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