By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 22 May 2010
M S Ramesh
Vijay, Ragini, Catherine Tresa, Rangayana Raghu, Avinash
Director M S Ramesh is known for making films on dare devil cops who take on the evils of society. Some of them have been hits and some flops.
He shaped the career of many actors, including Dynamic Hero Devaraj and ?Dialogue King? Saikumar, who became stereotyped for playing anti-establishment roles. Shankar IPS is an attempt by Ramesh to propel Vijay into the same league of actors.
Ramesh has selected the same old storyline. Shankar Prasad (Vijay) is a no nonsense cop who does not tolerate injustice and corruption. In one particular case, despite strong evidence, a rich man, who attacks a Miss India aspirant with acid, gets away. An angry Shankar tries his best to nail the villain. But after realising that he is fighting a losing battle as the villain is well-connected, he resigns and takes on the acid attacker. The rest of the film depicts Shankar?s heroics and the challenges that he faces in his mission to weed out the evils.
Though Ramesh has selected a contemporary subject ? acid attacks ? which have become common in Karnataka, the story appears weak at times. The director has banked on powerful dialogue, racy stunts, Vijay?s muscle show and Ragini?s skin exposure to make the film a success.
But at times, the movie gives an impression that it should have been made 10 years ago. For, the story defies the current trend in Kannada film industry as police stories have not been successful in the last 5 years. He has attempted to break the trend by bringing back police stories back.
Vijay appears for the first time in the role of a police officer. It is hard to understand the fact that an IPS officer looks so rustic and speaks in a commoner?s lingo, highly unlikely of a senior police officer. He would have been better off in an inspector's role. Vijay worked hard on developing six packs for the film. But it appears irrelevant at most of the times. He ends up showing skin more than Ragini who seems to have been exploited to the maximum. Catherine Tresa impresses in her debut film in Kannada.
It is a one-man show all the way with Vijay grabbing the limelight. The film seems to be made for him with the female leads lending support to provide the commercial element. Artistes Avinash and Rangyana Raghu, for a change, appear in subdued roles. It is a film meant for Vijay fans who are keen on a seeing a cop in their hero. Music by Gurukiran is the least said the better.
Verdict: Strictly for Vijay fans
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