Indian Police Force Review: Action Galore or Bore?

Rohit Shetty forays in to digital space by extending his successful cop universe on to the small screen (Amazon Prime to be precise). Nah; Don't expect Bajirao Singham or Simmba here. His TV cop-verse titled Indian Police Force is filled with new 'jaanbaaz' daredevil characters. Just like the one in his movies!!

After serial blasts rock Delhi, the police force get in to action mode but the young mastermind is too tough to nab...

To be frank, the plot offers nothing new in terms of content. An Islamic organization conducting multiple blasts for "Jihad" is something seen and endured in Bollywood since the '80s. The execution too, resembles that era.

While the screenplay and dialogues appear woefully dated, the aerial shots of Delhi and Jaipur are truly wonderful. Unlike most series, Rohit inserts songs in the narrative which makes me wonder if this was a planned movie edited to a web-series due to its length?!!

Of the cast, Sidharth Malhotra tries to do an '80s wala Bachchan and fails. Vivek Oberoi cannot hide his newly acquired paunch from the tight khakee uniform. The sexy svelte Shilpa Shetty is hopelessly miscast as the toughie cop in a role more suited for Tabu.

It is the supporting cast which actually passes muster. Vaidehi Parshurami impresses as Nafisa, the main villain's amour turned wifey.  The ever beautiful Shweta Tiwari and Shruti Panwar make their presence felt even in small roles. Newcomer Mayyank Tandon as the main terrorist, is a nice find. He gets his character right. It's great to see 'Bulla' Mukesh Rishi in a cameo of the police chief.

The seven episodes of roughly thirty five minutes each, are fast paced but there's nothing in it you haven't seen before in Bollywood, particularly Rohit Shetty's own potboilers. Truly a been there seen that feel...

The only time the series gets into the watch-worthy zone is when director Shetty cuts to the action sequences, which are indeed awesome. Be it the fist combat between Vivek Oberoi and Mayyank Tandon or the boat fight between Sidharth Malhotra and a Goan toughie!!

The Indian Police Force soars and roars only during its wham bam action mode. Rest of it is quite a bore!!

Ratings on some key aspects* :
1. Acting : 2.5/5
2. Direction : 2.5/5
3. Music : 3/5
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 2/5
5. Cinematography : 3/5
6. Editing : 3/5
7. Costume Design : 2/5
8. Special Effects and VFX : 1.5/5
9. Action : 3.5/5
10. Production Quality : 3/5

#SNRating for #IndianPoliceForce : 2 & 1/2 stars out of 5.

- Sumeet Nadkarni

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* - The overall film rating is not a simple average of all ratings on key aspects but a weighted average of the ratings where some crucial aspects (like direction, acting, story and screenplay etc) are assigned more weightage than others.

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1 & 1/2 star = Below average/ Avoidable
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About Sumeet Nadkarni:

Sumeet Nadkarni is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a self-styled film critic by passion. He reviews Bollywood movies and OTT releases on his popular personal blog #SNRatings. His film-related articles have appeared in leading publications in India. With a keen eye for cinematic detail and a knack for insightful critiques, Sumeet brings a unique perspective to the world of Indian cinema. Follow him for the latest Bollywood insights and unbiased film reviews. #FilmCritique #BollywoodReviewer


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