HARIRAJAN, DIRECTOR of "Mangai," family soap, has ventured into big screen. He has produced and directed "Iyer IPS" for Priyanka Art Productions. He should have worked more on the script, his own, to make it neat and tight. As such it sags at several places tempting the viewer to take a nap not only in between, but also in the climax. Except Satyaraj, the actors fail to raise to the expectations.
There is absolutely nothing novel about the story. Iyer believes that dadas and rowdies must be eliminated through encounters. But his father thinks one does not have the right to take any life. Dada Venkatachalapthy plants bombs at various places in the city and puts the blame on Muslims. Iyer takes Venkatachalapathy into custody. His sons Pasupathi and Gajapathi try to kill Iyer. Now Iyer's father turns against him and joins the villain. This sets off a chain of events leading to murders.
Satyaraj does both the roles of Iyer and Venkatachalapathy with maturity looking majestic in uniform.
His body language helps him in playing the roles. The experience of 20 years in the field and more than 100 films speaks. Sangavi as Iyer's wife appears in a brief seductive role.
Anantharaj and O.A.K. Sunder (dada's sons) are adequate. Narayana Rao as Iyer's father ends up overacting, his voice being the main culprit.
New find Mega is another glamorous piece in the film. Anumohan, Pandu, Ragasudha and Sathyapriya have done well in important roles. Songs by Dina might click with the frontbenchers but his rerecording is not up to the mark.
B. Kannan has done a good job as far as the camera work is concerned. Story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are by Harirajan who has also produced the film.
S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
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