In the recently released web series “Indian Police Force,” director Rohit Shetty attempts to revisit the gripping narrative of counter-terrorism and police operations in the capital city. Starring Sidharth Malhotra as SP Kabir Malik and Vivek Oberoi as Joint CP Vikram Bakshi, the show unfolds on Delhi Police Raising Day, plunging the audience into a tale of bombings and law enforcement. However, as we delve into the depths of the series, it becomes evident that the familiar tropes and lackluster execution leave much to be desired.
Indian Police Force Review: What’s It About
The series kicks off on Delhi Police Raising Day, with SP Kabir Malik and Joint CP Vikram Bakshi called in to thwart a series of bombings across the capital. Unfortunately, the narrative treads the same path as previous 26/11-themed shows and films, offering nothing innovative and failing to break free from the routine police procedural dramas that have graced OTT platforms.
What Doesn’t Work:
Penned by Rohit Shetty and his team of writers, the storyline is a rehashed version of familiar tropes, lacking the creativity needed to elevate it beyond mediocrity. The sets appear overly polished, giving off a fake vibe that detracts from the authenticity the series aims to achieve. The tension built around a bomb subplot falls flat due to weak writing, with scenes that fail to capture the gravity of handling live explosives, missing an opportunity to learn from impactful sequences in other films.
The dialogue delivery feels rehearsed, with characters blabbering through conversations without pausing for thought. The inclusion of easter eggs, such as Sidharth’s character asking to be addressed as Singham, Simmba, or Sooryavanshi, adds little to the overall narrative and falls flat, much like the limited attempts at humor.
The series indulges in clichés, from the presence of an unknown terrorist lover to the junior officer seeking revenge for the loss of a senior officer. The predictability of the plot diminishes the impact of key moments, such as the weak terrorist leaving obvious hints via a cell phone.
The extended runtime of over 4 hours raises questions about the decision to convert it into an OTT show. The title itself, “Indian Police Force,” feels misleading as the story predominantly revolves around Delhi Police. The action scenes, though intended for effect, suffer from poor cinematography and artificial set designs, failing to deliver the intended impact.
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Despite the drawbacks, Rohit Shetty demonstrates his adept use of the police siren sound as a creative theme music for the series. Hand-to-hand combat sequences stand out both visually and in terms of storytelling. However, the larger action scenes are hindered by sub-par cinematography and an artificial aura created by the show’s sets.
Sidharth Malhotra’s portrayal of SP Kabir Malik lacks the depth and charisma seen in previous cop characters by Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, and Akshay Kumar. The ‘Delhi Ka Launda’ persona feels forced and fails to convince the audience.
Vivek Oberoi’s performance as Joint CP Vikram Bakshi is passable, with inconsistencies in voice modulation. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, in the role of Gujarat ATS Chief Tara Shetty, receives a poorly developed character, overshadowed by the male counterparts. Supporting actors, including Sharad Kelkar, Nikitin Dheer, and Mukesh Rishi, deliver as per instructions but suffer from underdeveloped characters.
“Indian Police Force” fails to live up to expectations, offering a lackluster narrative riddled with clichés and predictability. The series struggles to justify its extended runtime and the misleading title, leaving viewers yearning for the innovation and substance that it sorely lacks. If “Cirkus” showcased Rohit Shetty’s shortcomings in slapstick comedy, “Indian Police Force” unfortunately repeats the pattern in the action genre, failing to leave a lasting impact.