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Singam On Long Leave?

The Sattankulam police violence has cast a shadow on super cop movies in Tamil cinema

Singam On Long Leave?
Ananda Vikatan
Singam On Long Leave?
outlookindia.com
2020-08-07T19:26:35+05:30

“Naan police Illada, porukki,” (I am not a policeman, but a thug). Those bold words spoken defiantly by actor Vikram keep resonating as he portrays DCP Aarusaamy in the Tamil blockbuster Saamy. Following a tradition established by Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry (1971-88) movies, the hero lives up to his own description, adopting various underhand methods to bring down the criminal-political empire of the villain Perumal Pichai.

The 2003 movie was the first of the five police-as-hero movies that director Hari became famous for. Later, his three movies under the Singam title had actor Surya play Duraisingam, the marauding cop, inspiring a Hindi rem­ake with Ajay Devgn in the lead.

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