Saamy Square movie review: Strictly for Vikram fans!

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Sep 23, 2018, 3:47 pm IST
Updated Sep 26, 2018, 9:33 am IST
With sequels being the fad, Vikram and Hari have teamed up once again for a sequel to their 2003 blockbuster.
A still from Saamy Square.
 A still from Saamy Square.
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Director: Hari

Cast: Vikram, Keerthi Suresh, Aishwarya Rajesh, Soori, Bobby Simha

 

With sequels being the fad of the season, Vikram and Hari have teamed up once again for a sequel to their 2003 blockbuster trend setting cop story ‘Saamy.’

Saamy Square opens with the recap of earlier actioner where we get to see intimidating cop Aarusaamy (Vikram) posted in Aayakudi in Tirunelveli. There, he takes on the honor-killing mob who had gathered outside for the couple in his inimitable style (lathi charge). The couple had taken refuge at the police station. Back home, his wife Bhuvana (Aishwarya Rajesh in place of Trisha) is an IAS aspirant and when Saamy comes to know of it from her friends, he encourages her. What’s next? Yes, you guessed it right! They break into a romantic dance routine ‘Molagapodi’ number. Cut to Sri Lanka, Saamy’s archrival Perumal Pichai's sons Ravana Pichai (Bobby Simha) and his two elder brothers (OAK Sunder and John Bijay) are keen to know the whereabouts of his missing father and they land in Tirunelveli.

The movie fast-forwards to 28 years later where we see Raam Saamy (Vikram again) an IAS aspirant who works as a front office manager to central minister Viswanathan (Prabhu). And when Raam saves Diya (Keerthi Suresh), daughter of Viswanathan from goons, the inevitable happens. Yes, she falls for him instantly although he rejects her proposal initially.  Meanwhile, whenever Raam brushes against any cop anywhere, he gets a ‘jolt’ and feels like a possessed man. So, he chooses IPS after his training instead of the IAS. This is when his grandparents (Delhi Ganesh and Sumithra) reveals his background as how his dad Aarusaami and mom Bhuvana were brutally murdered by Ravana Pichai and his brothers. Now, it’s time for Raam Saamy to settle score!

Vikram has a terrific screen presence, agility and infectious energy and he plays with the same intensity of how he played 15 years earlier and is a treat to watch. Neither Keerthi Suresh’s underwhelming role nor her romance with Vikram is interesting.

Aishwarya Rajesh appears in an insignificant role with a fake Brahmin slang. Soori’s comedy is irritating for most part of the film.  Bobby Simha is loud, but looks menacing.

To be honest, the 15 minutes recap portions of Saamy is enjoyable and interesting even now. The first part had a strong plot line, well developed characters and peppy songs. Here in the sequel all these are missing. The absence of four major cast/crew members namely Trisha, Vivek, Harris Jayaraj and DOP Priyan is visible, and their replacements don’t really fit in.

While Hari takes a longer time to establish his characters in the first half, the story somewhat begins only in the second half. DSP's music is just about adequate. Strictly for Vikram fans!

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