Mammootty on his way to superstardom has etched multifaceted characters — from grand feudal lords, warriors, and historical figures, to the everyday shades of the common man. Among these, the star has had numerous outings as the honourable man in khaki uniform, protecting those in need and upholding truth and justice. Yet in true Mammootty style, each of these cops is complex and unique.
ACP Narendran (Roudram): Undoubtedly his most scintillating cop act so far, Mammootty plays ACP Narendran aka Nari — a fearless, plain-speaking cop who is assigned to get to the bottom of the murder of a drug baron. Throwing caution to the winds, Narendran goes after it meticulously, ruffling a few political feathers in the bargain. Mammootty is in cracking form, right from his introduction scene, where he cuts down one of his colleagues to size. But the best scene is the one where he gives a scathing rejoinder to his superior who advices him to step down from the investigation. It’s no mean task to reproduce a Renji Panicker monologue with clarity, style, and finesse. Simply for that alone, we rate it much above his tough cop in Avanazhi.
Haridas Damodaran DSP (Eee Thanutha Veluppaan Kalathu): A calm, thinking cop, Haridas hardly displays any of the typical exaggerated characteristics of a celluloid cop. He isn’t showy, neither does he indulge in profanities. Assigned to nab a serial killer, he goes on with his job with tact, intelligence, and an easy manner—it is a cakewalk for the actor in this Joshi directed crime thriller.
Inspector Balram (Avanazhi): He has a nasty temper, spouts only profanities, and revolts at discrimination and corruption in the system. He makes a great role model for every wannabe cop. I.V. Sasi-directed Aavanazhi’s Inspector Balram is one of the fiercest characters etched by T. Damodaran. One of the finest performances by Mammootty, the actor gives the impression of having invested emotionally and physically in Balram. One standout scene is the one in which he is court marshalled by his seniors and he doesn’t flinch — only gives it back in roaring style.
Inspector Iraali (Yavanika): The actor’s first foray as a cop, he plays a stern, blunt officer who has the daunting task of unravelling the murder of tabalist Ayyappan. One of his earliest films, though by no means spectacular, is still a revelation. Despite the fact that Bharath Gopi walks away with all top honours, Mammootty still holds his own in this K.G. George film.
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