Banner: K Films International
Cast: Sneha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Dr. Brahmanandam, Sampath Raj, Ponnambalam, Rajkapoor, Ilavarasu and Aryan
Direction: G Kicha
Production: G Kitcha & M Shagul Hameed
Bhavani IPS was a much awaited film since a lot was expected from Sneha, who was going to be doing a complete action film, playing a police officer, with no hero angle nor any romance.
Inspired from the older flick which featured Vijayshanti in the lead some decades ago, the film was naturally something that whetted the appetite of viewers interested in some different cinema. However, though Sneha has done a wonderful job of her role, sadly, she is let down by an age old story, boring and without any challenges, leaving the viewer with a bad taste in the mouth. The only saving grace is the excellent performance of Sneha, which we wish had been used more effectively, with a strong screenplay and a modern day story.
The story revolves a strict ACP Bhavani, who takes charge of a town where gangster and aspiring MLA Sivalingam (Kota Srinivasa Rao) holds complete sway. From the police to the politicians above him, his control is enormous. He stops at nothing to reach his ends, murder coming easily to him and his henchman. When Bhavani takes charge, the duo comes up for confrontation.
The evil man manages to kill her sister, ruin her reputation, attack her and get her discharged from her job in a series of events. Does the honest officer have a chance to strike back after such humiliation forms the climax.
The excellent performance by Sneha is the only thing that holds your attention in the entire film. She is ably aided by Sampath. But almost everything else is a let down. The policemen, shown around her follow her like a herd, hardly anyone showing any spine. For a police story, one would expect better depiction in the movie. The action shots are well carried out by her, but are one too many, with the same kind of jumps, kicks and fisticuffs.
There are several factors that add to the string of loopholes. The story seems age old and almost as if drawn from twenty years ago. The music is nothing to write home about while the villains are repetitive in their speech and presentation. Ponambulam as the inspector is shown to be someone who has no respect for an ACP and some of the antics of the police shown, defy logic. The climax is a huge let down.
Vivek’s comedy provides some relief but his scenes are too few.
Verdict: Old wine in an older bottle.