It was way back in 2010, Singam got released. Since then, two sequels have been released under the umbrella of ‘Singam’ franchise. At this time, when the mind-sets of the moviegoers have been stamped with a perception pertaining to Singam movies, what if a thorough makeover is done to their execution? In other words, what if a reboot of the franchise transpires? To put my thoughts in an even more precise manner, what if a celebrated, populist franchise like Singam gets dipped in the essence of Gautham Vasudev Menon’s classy film-making style? This idea might sound weird or even funny as we have been used to the manner in which the Singam movies have been served to us.
Firstly, the reason behind me going for Gautham Vasudev Menon has been the styles of film-making between him and Hari being poles apart. Secondly, the gutsiness (in the sense… trying-out to make a movie that is devoid of background score (Nadunisi Naaygal), placing all the songs of a movie in its pre-interval segment by not prompting any boredom and packing three different genres within a movie (Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada) with two out of three appealing in a better manner to many), which Gautham has been showcasing so far within the frame of his tried and tested style.
Now, imagine a Singam movie that possesses characters, which are a lot more urbane; imagine the narration to be interspersed with the voice-overs of the protagonist; imagine the movie to be a cop venture that is embedded with the ever green Gautham Vasudev Menon Romance; imagine the characters to render their respective dialogues in a restrained manner (especially Durai Singam’s); imagine the scissor works of the film’s editor offering the audience the much needed time-lapse to visually and sensually savour the on-screen proceedings; imagine a stunt choreography that is not-so-over-the-top or gravity defying (Here, I would comfortably exclude the climax stunts of Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada from consideration)… doesn’t all these changes sound fresh!
While glancing at the reboots of popular franchises, it looks like the precedence suggests that a complete revamp of the existing cast has been typical with few exceptions here and there. If a reboot of Singam is made then it should be one among those exceptions as the updated version needs to retain its lead star with not one iota of doubt. Because, such is the quintessential persona of Durai Singam that Suriya has infused into this 7-year old franchise. With Suriya and Gautham Vasudev Menon getting on board then whom else would a fan expect to helm the department of music composition other than Harris Jayaraj? If the trio who once beautifully decorated a period of cinema comes together for another time (and that too for a Singam reboot version) then ‘one hell of a’ kind of hype gets around the project.
To summarize the above ideations, in a light-hearted manner, I would term the passing of the directorial responsibility of ‘Singam’ franchise from Hari to Gautham Vasudev Menon as analogous to the handover of the job of directing a Batman series from Joel Schumacher to Christopher Nolan.