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Mumbai is the target of a terrorist attack (when isn’t it?). An exemplar of the Mumbai Police swaggers in to save the day (when doesn’t he)? Cars pirouette through the air before crashing ungainly onto surfaces and other cars (when don’t they?) In short, nothing has changed in Rohit Shetty’s realm.

Pandemics may come and go and some citizens and filmmakers might be rethinking their blind worship of the police. But the rules of the Shettyverse that began with Singham in 2011 and continued through Singham 2 and Simmba remain unchanged, as cast in stone as the Mumbai police oath to protect truth above everything else.

Akshay Kumar plays Veer Sooryavanshi, a daredevil cop who forgets names easily but always remembers to lecture Muslims on secularism, patriotism and the perils of supporting fundamentalists. There are plenty of opportunities for this son of the Sun to hold forth.

A Lashkar-e-Toiba sleeper cell has been lurking in our midst for over a decade, waiting to make use of a massive stash of RDX that has been stashed away after the (actual) serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993. These terrorists are everywhere, posing as watchmen and caddies under Hindu names, the movie cautions us. Guided by Bilal (Jackie Shroff)…

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