When a director comes up with a sequel to a super hit film, comparisons tend to crop up. Hardly a few sequels live up to the expectation. Director Hari’s Saamy Square starring Vikram, Keerthy Suresh and Aishwarya Rajesh is a worthy sequel to Saamy, but only in parts. Saamy Square starts off with a recap and we see the best moments from Saamy. For the first five minutes, whistles don’t seem to die down at all. This reminds us of how Saamy was a game changer when it released in 2003. We see Ram Saamy (son Vikram) serving politician Prabhu as a front desk manager in Delhi. He awaits the results of the civil services exam and aims to become a collector. Meanwhile, Prabhu’s daughter Diya (Keerthy Suresh) is deeply in love with Ram and professes her love for him, only to be rejected. Ram clears his civil services exam and undergoes training in Missouri. Instead of becoming a collector, he ends up choosing IAS and gets posted in Tirunelveli. Ram’s grandfather is baffled with his choice and goes into the flashback mode. Ram’s father Aarusaamy murdered kingmaker Perumal Pichai, who was a criminal. Ram takes revenge on Perumal Pichai’s three sons, who killed his parents. The plot of Saamy Square has the potential to be a perfect commercial cop-drama. However, a boring first-half penned by director Hari tested the patience of the audience. The story picks up the pace in the second half and keeps the audience engrossed throughout the rest of the film. Vikram is flawless as an IPS officer and manages to make the audience nostalgic. As a loud cop, he is just brilliant. Even though Hari’s films are usually loud in nature, Saamy wasn’t. But, Saamy Square isn’t spared by Hari. Hari could have worked on the first half and on certain dialogues which would have made Saamy Square, more interesting. Another disappointing aspect in the film is the characterisations of Aishwarya Rajesh and Keerthy Suresh. They are powerhouse performers but are heavily underused in the film. Keerthy is back to doing what she did in Bairavaa, while Aishwarya has joined the bandwagon. She has a small role in a film that is 2 and a half hours long. Soori, like Seema Raja, is atrocious in Saamy Square. His so-called jokes don’t evoke laughter and bore you out. Harris Jayaraj’s theme music comes in few places in the sequel which reminds us of Saamy. But, Devi Sri Prasad’s work in Saamy Square was underwhelming.
If you can look past the first half, you are in for a fast-paced cop flick in the second half of Saamy Square.