Inspite of the occassional Adithadi or
Mahaanadigan, Satyaraj's movies are no longer
accompanied by any kind of hype or interest. Though one of the busiest actors around, movies
like Sound Party make it clear that it is quantity rather
than quality that is his top priority. But even going by his recent track record,
Iyer I.P.S is a disaster. With almost no story to speak of, a disjointed screenplay,
inane characterization and overacting by almost all the main performers, this one easily
wrests the crown from Aanjaneya for the most inept
movie with a policeman as hero, in recent times.
Gopal Iyer(Satyaraj) is a Deputy Commissioner who doesn't think twice about disposing off
antisocial elements through fake encounters. Coming from an orthodox Brahmin family, he
has earned his peace-loving father's ire through this attitude of his. A widower, Iyer also
earned his father's displeasure by marrying Nasrin(Sangavi), a Muslim and as a result, his
father has not spoken to either Iyer or his son. One of the dadas Iyer has put in jail is
Venkatachalapathy(Satyaraj), who attempted to create a law and order problem in the city to
topple the Government. The dada is counting his days to get out of jail and extract his
revenge on Iyer. Meanwhile Jennifer(Mega) threatens to unmask Iyer since she has filmed one
of his fake encounters.
With the Brahmin community(with exaggerated behavior and accents) typically being used as a
comedy element in Tamil movies, a Brahmin hero - and a police to boot - seemed like a
concept that would deliver a different movie. And the conflicts such a police officer would
face, both internally and with his orthodox family, could have delivered a movie with a
strong, emotional core. But Iyer I.P.S is definitely not that movie! The movie is
filled with caricatures rather than real people and none of the characters ring true.
The way Satyaraj deals with criminals in staged encounters is cliched and his arguments with
his father are loud but empty. The villain too seems almost like an afterthought with no
background and consequently, the few meetings between the two Satyarajs lack fire too.
The director makes our jaws drop in shock more than once with the ridiculous nature of his
plot developments. For instance, Satyaraj's father, shown to be an orthodox priest, joins
hands publicly with the villain because he doesn't like his son's cavalier attitude! Mega
having a hidden agenda is acceptable but it is ridiculous when, after strutting around in
skimpy clothing, she reveals herself to be a nun previously! Logic has no place in the
movie either. One wonders how Mega could have gotten herself inside the police van where
Satyaraj kills one of the criminals, to shoot the incident from different angles!
After the way the movie has proceeded so far, we don't have much expectations about the
climax. But even by those lowered expectations, the climax is a letdown. It is quite
violent and includes unnecessary deaths, an insipid encounter between the hero and
villain and a clumsily picturised fight sequence between them - all hallmarks of a
Almost everyone in the movie has overacted, making the entire experience quite irritating.
Satyaraj's sarcastic comments too are overdone and don't make his character likeable. He
is impressive as the mute villain though. Narayan Rao, playing his father, is the worst
culprit, with his overdone expressions, exaggerated body language and loud dialog delivery.
Mega is saddled with a vague role while Sangavi is barely noticeable as Satyaraj's wife
in the flashback. Anandraj looks even more uncomfortable in the black makeup than Satyaraj!