Sivaji, the grandson of legendary Sivaji Ganesan, makes his debut as a hero in this film built around the usual police-terrorist game. Director A. Venkatesh, who is adept at making so-called masala flicks, could not do much to be different with "Singakutty". He has succeeded to an extent in projecting Sivaji as a hero material. And the debutant actor has lived up to the expectations despite the constraints imposed on him by the not so well-structured script and other deficiencies. He has made most of the opportunity to prove that acting is in his blood.
A happy-go-lucky youth (Sivaji) falls in love with the daughter (Gowri Munjal) of the owner (Avinash) of a unit making soft drinks in Madurai. The girl's father gives his nod for their marriage and when he conducts talks with Sivaji's mother (Saranya) to finalise the proposal, she lays down a condition that her boy should become a police officer before the marriage. The entrepreneur agrees to wait. When Sivaji completes his police training in Chennai and returns to Madurai, he is in for a shock. Danger stalks him. His mother, sister, and fiancée have been abducted by a terrorist who has a large network. His sinister plan is to get the new police officer sucked into the vortex.
If the police officer wishes to see his mother, sister and lover alive, he should plant a powerful bomb during a temple festival attended by hundreds of thousands of people. Who is the villain? Would the bomb go off? And, what is the fate of the hostages? These are the questions answered in the climax. The story is told in two parts; romance followed by action.
Sivaji, who is assigned the dangerous mission, enters the arena with the confidence of one who has gone through the mill. He makes his mark in both romance and action sequences. His reflexes are good. He pounces with amazing fury on the rowdies playing mischief with his lover (Gowri Munjal).To wreak vengeance on them, the very next day he raids a soda water factory and destroys it. In these scenes Sivaji is really terrific. He gives a stunning performance when he has to be at two places at the same time to rescue a family and the festival crowd. His role is action-oriented and there is not much scope for acting. As for his body language and expressions, he has to go a long way.
Gowri Munjal plays the heroine with finesse. In both romantic scenes and while being in trouble her expressions are striking. Her image of a glamour girl sticks.
Saranya has by now become a familiar 'screen mother" and she fits the role.
Anal Arasu plays the villain for the first time and gives a thumping performance.
Vivek as a fan of Malavika comes a cropper. His comedy is clichéd and fails to click.
Stunt scenes under the direction of Kanal Kannan and Anal Arasu prop up the film.
Malu dances to the 'kuthu' song 'Attama Therottama."
Prasanna Shekar's music is passable. Of the songs, "Enda Rakshasa" is outstanding.
R.D. Rajasekhar's camerawork and choreography by Brinda and Tharunkumari enhance the aesthetic quality.
The narration is on the fast-track in the flashback mode. The same tempo could not be sustained after the kidnap episode. The script is to blame.
"Singakutty" is nothing more than a launch pad for Sivaji. The title is apt as he is still a cub and has to grow up to be a roaring lion, like his grandfather, the Nadigar Thilagam.
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