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Inspector Vikram Movie Review: A wholesome entertainer

Prajwal Devaraj who received a positive response to his previous film ‘Gentleman’, is now back on screen with ‘Inspector Vikram’ and he relies on his old comedy drama. ‘Inspector Vikram’ is strictly for those who admire comedy movies without a realistic story to back up, for two and a half hours. Every frame of the movie gives a clear indication that director Narasimha was highly inspired by the story of 1989 Shivarajkumar-starrer of the same title and has tried his best to adapt it to suit the taste of the audience of the present generation. In the nutshell, the director dished out Shivarajkumar clone only for entertainment purpose and Prajwal Devaraj does not disappoint his fans either.

‘Inspector Vikram’ opens with the murder of popular journalist and editor of a TV channel Arvind Aradhya who was about to break some explosive piece of news. The murderer is Prathap Mishra played by Raghu Mukherjee, an IPS officer and a smuggler to boot. Then comes the protagonist Vikram (Prajwal Devaraj), a happy-go-lucky cop with a sharp intellect to solve crimes. Vikram is posted at Manipal to solve a drug racket where he meets Bhavana (Bhavana Menon) who appears as a PA to a drug peddler (Shobhraj), but she is an undercover officer and also the daughter of police commissioner Prakash (Avinash). Later they are sent to Bengaluru to crack the TV editor’s murder case. How Vikram and Bhavana solve the case forms the rest of the story.

Director Narasimha breaks away from the beaten track of narrating a cop story with stress on punch dialogues and relies more on comedy. ‘Inspector Vikram’ is a simple masala entertainer. The first half revolves around love angel involving Inspector Vikram and Bhavana, comedy track of Basava (Dharma) plus some action episodes. Despite some routine scenes, the first half is decent. Prajwal and Dharma's excellent comedy track keeps the audience entertained.

Post interval, Vikram and Bhavana spend their entire duty hours fighting. There is an overdose of comedy in the second half, robbing the film of seriousness and the climax sequences are hurried through.

Cameo appearance of Darshan in the climax to save the heroine from kidnappers adds to the entertainment value. The director obviously wants to cash in on the popularity of Darshan. Darshan’s fighting scenes bear an uncanny resemblance to Telugu actor Chiranjeevi’s in Bruce Lee.

Prajwal Devaraj gave his 100 percent and lives up to the expectations of a comedy-hero. As villain, Raghu Mukherjee and Bhavana, Avinash are at their best. Darshan’s a few moments on the screen lifts up the spirits of the audience.

The film has definitely set a new benchmark in technical aspects and cinematographer Naveen Kumar sweeps the audience off their feet with his breath-taking visuals and Anoop Seelin’s music takes you to a new level.

‘Inspector Vikram’ doesn’t let down audience who want a few hours of pure entertainment.

Written by Nischith N