IPC Section 300

IPC Section 300


Vijay Raghavendra and Devaraj in ‘IPC ...’

In these days of creative depreciation, sticking to basics has acquired the tag of smartness, or even brilliance. ‘IPC Section 300’ falls into this category of films. Tight screenplay, with a pace that doesn’t allow the brain to relax, competent editing and good dialogues mark this confident debut by Shashikant. The story by itself is not unique; the presentation is. The director also gets his casting right.

The solving of a murder case begets the film’s title. But ‘IPC...’ is more about mental oneupmanship between the cocky public prosecutor Vijay (Vijay Raghavendra) and the accused Mallikarjun (Devaraj).

There are slip-ups that can be attributed to nerves. What holds viewer interest is the wiles of Mallik. Devaraj, graduated not so recently to character roles, shows what a mean villain he was in his heydays. His sinister gaze and sardonic smile send chills down the spine.

Devu wades through an ordinary film like a colossus. A competent actor like Vijay Raghavendra is reduced to a blundering child, but that is his character’s requirement. Pretty Suman brings out the vulnerability and sassiness of her role well. Srujan Lokesh as the hot-headed cop and paramour of Mallik’s wife (Suman Ranganath) and Yatiraj as Investigating Officer Vineet are efficient in their small roles. Heroine Priyanka is prescribed a dose of comedies to treat the depression on her face. The climax is riveting as expected and indeed lifts the film. The film scores in avoiding the ‘necessity’ to bow to ‘commercial, audience tastes’.

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