|Produced by||K. E. Gnanavel Raja|
Dhaval Jayantilal Gada
Thakur Anoop Singh
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Distributed by||Pen Movies|
|Box office||₹110 crore|
Singam 3 (Shortened as Si3 or S3) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Hari. A sequel to Singam II (2013) and the third film in the Singam film series, it stars Suriya and Anushka Shetty (both of whom reprised their roles in the first two films), while Hansika Motwani (who previously played a lead role), plays a cameo role in this series along with Shruti Hassan and Thakur Anoop Singh in the lead roles. It is the fifth collaboration of Suriya and Hari. The film occurs a few months after Singam 2 and focuses on officer Durai Singam's attempt to solve the murder case of Visakhapatnam police commissioner Ramakrishna, motivated by much more disastrous activities masterminded all the way from Australia.
It has been just a few months since officer Durai Singam arrested international drug lord Danny. A tough debate occurs within an Andhra Pradesh state assembly about the long pending murder case of Visakhapatnam City Police Commissioner Ramakrishna. The Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh proposes recruiting Singam from Tamil Nadu to Vizag as the new DCP, by order under the CBI. As Singam arrives in Vizag station, he fends off an attack from goon Gun Ravi, who works for Vizag's most influential and powerful don Madhusudhana Reddy. Singam starts to behave as a free end officer and secretly investigates the murder of commissioner. Singam is followed by Vidya, a journalist in guise of a student hoping to write a story on Singam. Singam had previously covered his relationship with his wife Kavya Mahalingam to keep her away from enemies, and after curiosity from Constable Veeram, he closes it as a divorce, revealing it only to Inspector Subba Rao.
After briefly confronting Bheemli Selvam, Reddy's man who ordered the attack at the train station, Singam finds that a constable at the station has gotten sick from consuming an expired medicine tablet. With help from a paroled hacker named Murali, Singam tracks Mallaiya who drove Ramakrishna to Vizag harbour on the night of the murder. A local schoolteacher informs Singam that a toxic smoke attack from the nearby dump killed his 32 students, including his grandchildren. Singam realizes that Ramakrishna intended to expose illegal dumping of mediwaste and electronic waste, which included recycled tablets being sold to the public and the smoke attack on the school. The garbage is being imported by Vizag Scraps owner Rajeev Krishna in exchange for free metal scrap delivery to steel companies in Australia. Mallaiya confirms that Reddy, who authorizes this business in India killed Ramakrishna to prevent him from thwarting his operation. Both Reddy and Rajeev's activities are supervised by wealthy Australian Export minister and Businessman named Vittal Prasad, who receives full support from his father, Union Minister Ram Prasad. In the meantime, Vidya writes an article on Singam claiming that he exported Reddy for personal gain and that he is corrupt, putting Singam's reputation at edge. Singam begins to eliminate and arrest criminals all over the city, including Selvam whom he guns down. Later on, he heads to Vizag harbour to obtain evidence from Reddy's containers but is attacked by his men while Ravi murders the school teacher. Vittal calls Singam anonymously and threatens to use his influence to kill Singam's family if he doesn't stand down.
The next day, Singam chases down Ravi and arrests Reddy. He pays a personal visit to Vittal in Australia from looking into Reddy's contacts, and confirms that he's the one behind the illegal dumping. He narrowly escapes Vittal and returns to India, where he finds that Reddy has been bailed by three criminals, who framed the Commissioner for supposed sexual assault on one of their wives, and justify the murder as revenge. Singam is also fired from the CBI for speaking out of turn, and has Vidya pay a fine for discrediting him. Singam has the home minister transfer him as a Andhra pradesh cop in Vizag to continue pursuing Reddy's men. He exposes the garbage containers to the public, forcing Vittal to come to Vizag. When Vittal warns him again to stay out of his way, Singam responds by having Subbu Rao kill Reddy, whom previously killed his nine-year-old son in a city riot to defend Ram Prasad's position. Singam brings Vittal to his station and gives him another chance to repent for whom he's hurt. Singam and Kavya later visit Thoothukudi to attend Kavya's grandma's funeral. They are followed by Rajeev, who is arrested. When Vidya attempts to interview Vittal, she is captured and drugged. With help from Murali, Singam rescues Vidya but is targeted by Vittal's men who bomb the police station. Singam decides to finish this once and for all and gets an arrest warrant for Vittal using computer evidence of agreements signed with medical companies, hacked by Murali. The next day, Singam pursues Vittal all the way to an airport in Telangana and has him arrested. Vittal escapes custody into a nearby forest, where Singam catches him and after a long fight kills him for self defense.
During the credits, Singam regains his post and respect while Ram Prasad is removed from cabinet position for assisting his son. Kavya is revealed to be pregnant six months later and Vidya severes contact with Singam after getting engaged to a good prospect. Singam's boss, Tamil Nadu home minister Ramanathan calls him in for another mission.
- Suriya as Durai Singam, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Visakhapatnam, tasked with solving Ramakrishna's murder.
- Anushka Shetty as Kavya Durai Singam, Singam's wife whom has pretended to divorce her husband for security purposes.
- Hansika Motwani as Sathya, Singam's ex-love interest in Singam 2, who comes in his dream sequence (Cameo)
- Shruti Haasan as Vidhya and Agni (Undercover name), an investigative journalist who tails Singam.
- Thakur Anoop Singh as Vittal Prasad; ruthless and powerful Australian Export Minister, 28th richest man in India, CEO of Vittal Steels, Reddy and Rajeev's higher order, and main villain.
- Raadhika as Ramakrishna's wife
- Soori as Veera Babu "Veeram", a Vizag officer.
- Krish as V. Sreenivas, an officer of Vizag.
- Robo Shankar as Police Inspector Subba Rao "Subbu", Singam's colleague; His son was killed in a bus accident by Reddy in a riot the latter started to save Ram Prasad.
- Sarath Babu as K. C. D. P. Sathyanarayana Reddygaru, Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh who assists Singam throughout his case.
- Vijayakumar as Ramanathan, Home Minister of Tamil Nadu and long supporter of Singam.
- Sharat Saxena as Madhusudhana Reddy "M. S. Reddy", the don who controls Andhra Pradesh and Vittal's illegal dumping.
- Jayaprakash as Commissioner Ramakrishna IPS, who gets murdered by Reddy for trying to expose his illegal activities.
- Suman as Ram Prasad, Vittal's father.
- Nithin Sathya as Murali, a hacker paroled by Singam to help him apprehend Vittal.
- Radha Ravi as Soundara Pandi, Singam's father
- Nassar as Mahalingam, Kavya's father and owner of India Cycles
- Sumithra as Kalyani, Singam's mother
- Janaki Sabesh as Bharathi, Kavya's mother
- Yuvarani as Dhanalakshmi, Singam's sister
- Manorama as Kavya's grandmother, who passes away.
- Delhi Kumar as Kavya's grandfather
- Imman Annachi as Pushparaj, a worker of India Cycles and Singam's contact in Australia.
- Thyagu as Habour Shanmugam, former ally of extortionist Mayil Vaaganam from Singam, who helps Singam transport Rajeev out of police custody.
- Joe Malloori as Unnamed Government school teacher, whose grandchildren are killed by Vittal's mediwaste and electronic waste dumps.
- Jeeva Ravi as Mallaya, ACP Krishnaraj's driver who witnessed the commissioner's murder
- Prem as Ananda Rao, a customs officer
- Sarayu as Ananda's wife
- Sandra Amy as Aarthi
- Mohan Raman as Judge
- Chaams as G. Sathyan
- Crane Manohar as Palani, Kavya's houseworker
- Nalini as Thandubazaar Thangam, a rowdy lady whom Veeram tries to apprehend and falls in love with him.
- Bonda Mani as Thandubazaar Thangam's assistant
- Cool Suresh as Divorcee
- Saran Shakthi
- Boys Rajan as Andhra Today Editor
- Bava Lakshmanan as School Teacher
- Aathma Patrick
Following the commercial success of Singam 2, Hari was keen to collaborate with Suriya for another action film with a fresh script away from the Singam franchise, and agreed terms in principle with the actor in October 2014. Hari revealed that as a result of pressure from those around him, he later developed the one-line story from the film into a script for a third part of Singam. While the first film was primarily shot within Tamil Nadu and the second featured a few scenes in South Africa, Hari stated that the third part would be more "international" and would be set in three countries as the protagonist tackles a global issue.
While most of the cast was retained from the earlier films, Initially Akshara Hasan was considered for the second female lead but she opted out the film then Shruti Haasan was added to the team in July 2015 to portray another leading female role, while Anirudh Ravichander was signed as the music composer replacing Devi Sri Prasad. Anirudh later opted out of the project citing scheduling issues and Harris Jayaraj was brought in to compose the film's music. Vivek, who portrayed the police officer Erimalai in the first two films, declined to reprise his role in this film as he felt he "did not have a meaty role in it". New actors to the series including Radhika, Soori, Robo Shankar, Krish and Nithin Sathya were added to the cast, while Thakur Anoop Singh was signed on to portray the lead antagonist. In preparation for his role, Suriya bulked up his physique by spending more hours in the gym and by adopting a strict oil-free diet.
The start of the film's shoot, initially scheduled for December 2015, was delayed as a result of the 2015 South Indian floods. Production began in Visakhapatnam during January 2015 with scenes featuring Shruti Haasan as a journalist being shot. Following a series of action sequences shot in the city, the team moved to film song sequences in Romania with Anushka joining the team. After a production break, the team restarted the shoot in Visakhapatnam, before moving to the Talakona Forest region and then on the AVM Studios in Chennai during mid-2016. The team moved to Malaysia to finish filming the climax in October 2016, before a further song was shot in Georgia with Suriya and Shruti Haasan. In January 2017, the film was re-titled from S3 to Si3 (spelt சி3 in Tamil) to exploit the Tamil Nadu Government's rule of entertainment tax exemption for films titled in Tamil.
Singam 3 went through several changes of release date, before being released on 9 February 2017 coinciding with Thaipusam festival. The film was completed in mid-2016 and the team completed post-production work aiming to have a theatrical release in October to coincide either with the Ayudha Puja or Diwali season, but the release was postponed to avoid a box office clash with Suriya's brother, Karthi's film, Kaashmora. The film was then scheduled to release on 16 December. However, due to a request from the makers of Dhruva, the film release date was pushed even later on 23 December to make most of the Christmas holiday season, but was delayed after the team chose to allow the public of Tamil Nadu more time to recuperate from the aftermath of Cyclone Vardah, the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and the demonetisation problems. Prior to the film's revised release date of 26 January, PETA India had remarked that Suriya was trying to garner publicity for Si3 by speaking out against the organisation at the 2017 pro-jallikattu protests. Suriya subsequently filed a legal notice against PETA for the defamatory allegations. The film was pushed back even further following riots in Chennai at the end of the protest, with the producers finalising a worldwide theatrical release date of 9 February. In Malaysia, this movie was available in Astro First channel 481 in early April 2017. Viewers need to pay RM15.00 to watch the movie for two days. The first premiere of this movie was in Astro Vinmeen Channel 231(HD) during the festive weekend of Hari Raya Haji and further premiered in Astro Vellithirai Channel 202 on Diwali 2017.The satellite rights of Si3 were sold to Sun TV.Amazon has acquired the digital rights of Si3.
This film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Times of India stated that the delayed release " did not seem to deter Duraisingam from roaring loud, making swift actions, bashing up the baddies uncompromisingly and winning applause from his colleagues as well as the audience", while also lauding Suriya and Hari's contribution to the film. The critic rated 3 out of 5 and wrote "Suriya, who carries the entire film on his shoulders, is in full form — Duraisingam looks as intense, brave and energetic as he appeared more than six years ago", and "director Hari's consistency in handling cop stories convincingly and entertainingly needs to be commended as he has been proving his expertise repeatedly". The New Indian Express also gave 3 out of 5 for the film and gave positive review, stating "In Si3, Suriya proves with the third film of the franchise that no one can play Durai Singam better than him", while analysing that "Hari maintains a sense of urgency in his films from the beginning to end, but, as a commercial film director, his storytelling methods also suffer from following a set of rules, which include frequent yawn-inducing songs", though added that "he makes up for that formulaic approach with fast-paced narration in the scenes that follows". Behindwoods rated the film 2.75 out of 5 and stated that "Durai Singam strikes again! Suriya and Hari don't disappoint you in this Singam franchise". In contrast, the critic from The Hindu gave 2 out of 5 and stated that the film was "loud, fast, and without a single memorable moment". Likewise, Sify called the film "a cocktail of harebrained predictable plot, exhausting action scenes and slapstick comedy", while concluding it was "loud and exhausting".
Si3 collected ₹20 crore (US$2.8 million) in domestic box office on its opening day and ₹50 crore (US$7.0 million) in 5 days of release. The film collected ₹62 crore (US$8.7 million) at the worldwide box office in its opening four-day weekend. The film collected ₹90 crore (US$13 million) worldwide in 6 days.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||27 November 2016|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
The film's soundtrack is scored by Harris Jayaraj, who replaced Devi Sri Prasad as the composer of the film series. Taking a break after various schedules of shooting, director Hari and Harris Jayaraj completed the song composing in Bangkok, Thailand. The audio rights of the film was acquired by Eros Music and the complete album was released on 27 November 2016. Reviewing the album, Srivatsan of India Today stated "S3 might not be Harris' best work, but definitely not bad either. Having said that, it's a pucca (English: really) commercial album from the composer. Be it the songs or the theme music, the album has enough scope to pander to the B and C centers".
|1.||"O Sone Sone"||Pa. Vijay, M. C. Vickey||Javed Ali, Priya Subramaniyan, M. C. Vickey||5:06|
|2.||"Mudhal Murai"||Thamarai, Ramya NSK||Harish Raghavendra, Swetha Mohan, Ramya NSK, Karthik||5:05|
|3.||"Universal Cop"||Viveka, Dinesh Kanagaratnam||Christopher Stanley, Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Krish||4:49|
|4.||"He's My Hero"||Hari, Maalavika Manoj||Maalavika Manoj||2:31|
|5.||"Wi Wi Wi WiFi"||Hari, Harris Jayaraj||Karthik, Christopher Stanley, Nikhita Gandhi||4:50|
|6.||"Mission To Sydney"||Hari, Lady Kash||Lady Kash||2:28|
|7.||"S3 Vettai Theme"||Hari||M. C. Vickey||1:32|
|1.||"O Sone Sone"||Vennelakanti, Mc Vickey||Javed Ali, Priya Subramaniyan, Mc Vickey||05:06|
|2.||"Musi Musi Navvula"||Sahithi, N.S.K Ramya||Aalap Raju, Swetha Menon, N.S.K Ramya, Karthik||05:05|
|3.||"Universal Cop"||Vennelakanti||Christopher Stanley, Krishna Iyer, Krish||04:49|
|4.||"He's My Hero"||Rakendu Mouli, Maalavika Manoj||Maalavika Manoj||02:31|
|5.||"Wi Wi Wi Wi Wifi"||Rama Jogayya Shastry||Karthik, Nikhita Gandhi, Christopher Stanley||04:50|
|6.||"Mission To Sydney"||Director Hari, Rakendu Mouli, Lady Kash||Lady Kash||02:28|
|7.||"S3 Vetta (Theme Music)"||Rakendu Mouli||Mc Vickey||01:32|
The film is set to be remade in Hindi with Thakur Anoop Singh, who played the antagonist in the original, playing the lead role essayed by Suriya. The remake will be directed by Guddu Dhanoa and produced by Jayantilal Gada of Pen India Limited.
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