By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 04 April 2009

Movie Title



B. Unnikrishnan

Star Cast

Suresh Gopi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Lakshmi, Vijayaraghavan

Suresh Gopi is back playing what he does the best, a cop.

B.Unnikrishnan, writer and director keeps to the time tested formula- never tinker with a star?s image. The result is IG, a run of the mill action police story told in a crisp manner.

The story is taken from news reports and political happenings in Kerala. A weak Chief Minister (Rajan.P.Dev), caricatured on the current man who sits on the hot seat, a corrupt police force, with the City Police Commissioner hand in glove with terrorist and other anti social elements!

A Malappuram based political party of the minorities now in the opposition controlled by Beeran Kutty Sahib (Sai Kumar), who is more of a businessman and a power hungry politician. Then there is a ruthless fly by night operator and kingpin Zachariah (Ashish Vidyarthi) who provides shelter to a Jihadi terrorist Yaseen who has killed many people in a bomb blast in Chalai Bazar in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Home Secretary Paul Joseph ( Sreeraman) is shot dead in his office at the state secretariat after a midnight meeting with top police officers and Chief Minister.

Enter Durga Prasad (Suresh Gopi), the Traffic IG, who is made the new Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief along with his handpicked men (Vijayraghavan, Jagathy and Kiran Raj). Durga Prasad is a chronic bachelor as his mother (Lakshmi) says- ?he was too busy with police work to get married?. He has a younger brother an IT professional ( Govind Padmasurya of Adayalangal fame) who is madly in love with a Muslim girl ( Anaitha Nair of Chak De fame), who also happens to be the only daughter of Beeran Kutty!

Meanwhile Durga Prasad follows the trail of the terrorists leading him to the door steps of some of the most powerful people in the state, which leads to a great twist in the climax.

There is a sense of d?j? vu seeing the film as everything has been seen before in so many movies in the same genre. More than half the dialogues in the film are in English. Sample a dialogue of the Kerala Chief Minister- ?I?m sitting on a shaky chair.?

The plus points are Suresh Gopi, for whom wearing Khaki is as ducks taking to water and the climax twist laced with sentiments and punch lines.

Govind Padmasurya definitely has a future in Malayalam film, while other characters like Jagathy and Vijayraghavan disappear half way through. Is the role of Nandini as a smart lawyer necessary?

At most the film is a time pass entertainer which is racy and briskly told though the story and situations are all ?old wine in new bottle?.

Verdict- Above Average

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