The Hindi series Indian Police Force is directed by Rohit Shetty and Sushwant Prakash, and stars Sidharth Malhotra, Shilpa Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Sharad Kelkar, Mukesh Rishi, Mayyank Taandon.
So how is Rohit Shetty — the man who has given big hits with cop stories like the Singham franchise, Simmba, and Sooryavanshi — debuting on OTT with yet another police drama? Well, typically, as his style, OTT (Over The Top). The man, who is known for flying vehicles, slick action set-pieces, and adrenaline-pumping fights, provides much of the same. In that sense, the 7-episode Indian Police Force ticks all the boxes in Shetty style. But you don’t sit down to watch his offering for newness or novelty. You watch it for the pulsating excitement that the action between essential good vs evil provides.
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Being a series, Shetty and his co-director, Sushwant Prakash, have a bigger canvas to paint the usual shades. Of course, this is also the web debut of the handsome Sidharth Malhotra. The man is not a star as yet. But he has the right presence to carry the series, which also has Shilpa Shetty and Vivek Oberoi among the other well-known frontline faces in the cast. The three in tandem keep us engrossed for the most part, even if the proceedings in themselves move on the patented path.
The series, co-written by Vidhi Ghodgaonkar, Anusha Nandakumar, Sandeep Saket, and Ayush Trivedi, has a story that doesn’t keep you guessing. It is about a bunch of hardened cops with some (different) backstories ready to put themselves on the line for the sake of nailing the bad elements. Of course, there are some elements in the force that trigger mischief from within. The evil guys, too, come from unprepossessing everyday families, but they (the evil ones) are still vile. There are plenty of spills, chases, bombings, bullets, fires, and scenes that shift from place to place, including Shetty’s ever-favorite Goa.
The story kicks off with the Delhi police getting into action after a series of blasts rocks the place. Kabir Malik (Sidharth Malhotra), Vikram Bakshi (Vivek Oberoi), Rana (Nikitin Dheer), along with a bunch of hardened bunch of cops of the Special Police Unit of Delhi Police, have to hunt down the terror group and its mastermind responsible for the bombings. There is also Tara Shetty (Shilpa Shetty Kundra), Gujarat ATS chief, who is on hand to help with the action-packed investigation. She actually gets a typically hero-like introduction, which, for a woman in the Shetty universe, is a rarity.
Anyway, the terror mastermind is Zarar alias Haider (Mayyank Taandon, a former associate of Shetty). He lives in the house of Saeed (Lalit Parimoo), who’s also part of the group. But the latter’s family, including his daughter Nafeesa (Vaidehi Parshurami), have no clue about his nefarious activities. Nafeesa is actually in love with Zarar. This adds to the complexity of the events.
Kabir and Co. manage to locate their place and attack. In a no-holds-barred action, all terror operatives die except Zarar. Of course, the cop’s team also loses one of its intrepid officers. Kabir gets shunted out, and Zarar is still at large, planning what he always does – another terror strike. And you know what will follow.
There isn’t much for the cast to showcase their acting chops. But hey, this is a Shetty cop story. There is plenty of style and stunts. The main cops have the scope to dole out swagger as they stride slo-mo in Aviator glasses. The excitement is in the throbbing action sequences shot in varied locations like Goa and Chandni Chowk. There is a car chase in Dhaka. The villains hang out in warehouses and yachts, all of which become the background for more action.
Shetty’s action work on the big screen, do they lend themselves to the smaller one? Well, they don’t have the same impact, but that is understandable. You will cut slack for sure. As we said, there’s not much for acting. Sidharth Malhotra is assured, and Vivek Oberoi is reliable. Mukesh Rishi, who seems to have gone off the radar for some time, is back and is solid. Shilpa Shetty is a bit hammy. But this is not a show for subtlety. Mayyank Taandon as Zarar is really impressive and is the one who scores the most.
All in all, the Indian Police Force is a stretchy Shetty show, the standard bubblegum for the eyes. Which, of course, means that Season 2 is imminently possible.
Where can you watch Indian Police Force in the UAE?
Indian Police Force is currently streaming on Prime Video.
An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.