Synopsis – Sooryavanshi traces the acts and serious antics of DCP Veer Sooryavanshi, the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad in India.
My Take – After being introduced in the final minutes of Simmba (2018), it sure has been a long wait for Akshay Kumar‘s titular character to showcase himself on the big screen. Originally stated to release on 24 March 2020, the film had been on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and now finally finds itself release worldwide amidst much fanfare, drama, and blaring theatrics. And thankfully for all the hype attached, it delivers!
Unsurprising, considering how the film, acting as the fourth entry of Cop Universe following Singham (2011), Singham Returns (2014) and Simmba (2018), has all the elements, attitude, style, showmanship and heavy-duty action expected from a Rohit Shetty directorial.
Sure, it isn’t driven by a great script neither does it possess anything extraordinary plot wise, yet, like all his films (probably barring 2015’s Dilwale) director Rohit Shetty maintains the engagement of the audience with his trademark stunts, romance and humor, weaving them together for a fulfilling climax, which even brings the characters of Singham (Ajay Devgan) and Simmba (Ranveer Singh) to play along.
But most importantly, with its wide mass appeal and aura, the film reminds us once again why we as an audience continue to flock to theaters for mainstream Hindi films.
Beginning with a prelude reminding us of the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai, the story follows DCP Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), the head of Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad, who is tasked by his superior Kabir Shroff (Jaaved Jaaferi), to track down the sleeper cells placed by Lashkar chief Omar Hafeez (Jackie Shroff) in the country.
Confirmed of the fact only 400 kilograms of the full ton of RDX were used in 1993, Shroff is sure that activated cells will be using the buried remnant 600 kilograms sometime soon. With the clock ticking, and despite his marital life with Ria (Katrina Kaif) failing, Sooryavanshi remains determined to stop the culprits from carrying out the biggest attack the city has ever seen.
While the narrative is strongly reminiscent of director Rohit Shetty’s earlier films in terms of flavor and feel, this one is unadulterated entertainment with action, drama, and even a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. He doesn’t give the audience time to breathe as he introduces several characters in the first fifteen minutes and sets the mood for the film. With the pace slowing down only for sequences which focus on Sooryavanshi’s crumbling married life and his camaraderie with the members of the ATS force. Though it is treat to watch Akshay-Katrina as the beloved reel couple reunite onscreen after more than a decade.
The screenplay by Yunus Sajawal on the story by Rohit Shetty comes with right punches of action, emotion, comedy and patriotism at right time.
The film also gambles smartly by adding couple of strong motives like Hindu-Muslim unity and a mandatory glorification of all the heroes in uniform who serve day and night.
But as one would expect, the highlight of the film is without a doubt are the 30-odd minutes of the climax, which sees Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) and Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) arrive leading to a high octane filled final act.
Nevertheless, the film, belongs to Akshay Kumar, who with his commanding screen presence, credible action, and charisma, delivers yet another knockout performance. He may not be offering anything new by way of histrionics, but there is comfort in his familiar style and his action scenes are a treat to watch. Katrina Kaif looks stunning on screen and her sensual moves to the iconic song ‘Tip Tip Barsa Paani’ are undoubtedly clap-worthy.
Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh are awesome as always, the three actors share incredible camaraderie in their scenes together. The film is ably supported by an ensemble cast which includes Jackie Shroff, Jaaved Jaaferi, Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Kumud Mishra, Sikandar Kher, Vivan Bhatena, Niharica Raizada and Nikitin Dheer. On the whole, ‘Sooryavanshi’ is a high voltage action flick with the right dose of commercial elements.
Directed – Rohit Shetty
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 145 minutes