Singam ( Lion) is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Hari, and produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja under his Studio Green banner in association with Reliance Big Pictures, and distributed by Sun Pictures. It stars Suriya in the lead role, marking his 25th film, with Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj and Vivek in other lead roles. It is the first installment in the Singam franchise. The film was released on 28 May 2010.


Durai Singam (Suriya) is an honest sub-inspector of Nallur, a small village in Thoothukudi district in southern Tamil Nadu, assisted by his bumbling colleague Yettu Erimalai (Vivek). He belongs to Nallur with his father Soundarapandi (Radha Ravi), having a respectable status in the village. His family business is provision stores and Singam wants to join it, but he joined police due to Soundarapandi's wishes. He resolves most of the problems in his village with nonviolence and mutual counselling. He uses force only when the situation demands it, thereby gaining much reputation and love from the villagers. Mahalingam (Nassar), an industrialist in Chennai and friend of Soundarapandi, comes to the village with his daughters Kavya (Anushka Shetty) and Divya (Krishna Priya). Singam initially thinks Kavya as a thief when she is about to prank her cousin by wearing a tiger costume. As Singam is roaming around the village, he accidentally slaps her. As Kavya is about to take revenge on Singam, he apologizes to her. Kavya got moved by this and slowly fell in love with him. After some hilarious incidents, Kavya proposes to Singam. Initially taken aback, Singam soon reciprocated Kavya's love.