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IDI – Inspector Dawood Ibrahim Movie Review: A Weak Punch!


IDI aka Inspector Dawood Ibrahim, which has Jayasurya in a never seen before avatar, has hit the theatres today(August 12). The film marks the directorial debut of actor Sajid Yahiya.

The film has been produced by Dr Ajas Ibrahim and Arun under the banner of Magic Lantern productions and Eros International. IDI, which is touted to be an out-and-out mass entertainer, has been jointly written by Sajid Yahiya and Arous Irfan.

Go through the slides to meet the cast & crew members of IDI..

Jayasurya As Inspector Dawood Ibrahim

Jayasurya would be seen in the role of a mass police officer for the first time through the film IDI. He plays a character who joins police force with huge expectations.

Sshivada Nair As Nithya

Sshivada Nair would be seen once again in Malayalam films after her recent film Su..Su..Sudhi Valmeekam, which also had Jayasurya in the lead role. The actress plays a bank employee named Nithya, in IDI.

Joju George As Vasco

Actor Joju George appears as an interesting character named Vasco aka Vasu. The character is sure to entertain and has lots of humorous elements attached to it.

Saiju Kurup As Mr X

Saiju Kurup, who impressed us all with his performance in the recent film Ann Maria Kalippilaanu would once again be seen in an interesting role in IDI. He appears as Mr X.

Director - Sajid Yahiya

IDI marks the directorial debut of Sajid Yahiya, who was seen as an actor in films like Bangalore Days, Pakida, Double Barrel etc. Screenplay has been jointly written by Sajid Yahiya and Arous Irfan.

Cinematography - Sujith Sarang

Cinematography of IDI has been handled by Sujith Sarang. The film was shot in locations near Kasargod region and Sujith has set some excellent frames.

Editing - Shameer Muhammed

Editing of IDI has been done by Shameer Muhammed. He is also a part of the pre-production works of the upcoming big budget film Karnan, which would be directed by R S Vimal.


IDI narrates the story of a person named Dawood Ibrahim, whose dream since his childhood days, has been to become a police officer. The character who is fascinated by police roles seen in films, decides to take up the job against the wishes of his family. He gets posted to a place called Kollanahallu near Kerala-Karnataka border and what happens rest forms the crux of the story.

About The Movie

IDI was touted to be a mass entertainer and the makers tried to bring in mass elements and spoof elements in an equal fashion. The movie started off in a good manner adding some comedy elements, taking the story to an interesting premise.

But, the film loses the steam mid-way, leaving the viewers confused about the genre. Even that confusion seems to have affected the makers as the film failed to deliver the goods in the second half, and thus becoming easily predictable and a boring watch.


Jayasurya looked perfect and confident in the police uniform but the writers did let him down completely. The mass scenes lacked any punch and the actor was left wanting for more. Sshivada Nair looked extremely charming but was wasted in an unwanted role.

Sunil Sukhada and Joju George have done a good job and they provide the comic relief. In fact, Joju George scores in most of the sequences. Rest of the cast comprises of actors like Madhupal, Saiju Kurup, Sudhi Koppa, Molly Kannamali etc. in important roles.

Script & Direction

The film marks the debut of Sajid Yahiya as a director. He has tried to make the film a complete entertainer but the script lets him down completely. It seems like even he was left confused on whether to make the film an action entertainer or a spoof film.

Screenplay jointly written by Arous Irfan and Sajid Yahiya falls in to the predictable lines in the second half. At the same time, they have worked effectively in the comical and spoof parts of the film. The dialogues in mass scenes lacked the needed punch.

Music & BGM

BGM by Rahul Raj suited the movie perfectly, especially the theme music of IDI, which is catchy. The songs IDI and Ee Khalbitha were good.

Cinematography & Editing

Sujith Sarang has handled the cinematography department and he has set some good frames for the film. Editing has been done by Shameer Muhammed, who also has done a neat job.


IDI is a perfect example of how the lack of clarity about the genre would affect a film badly. After a promising first half, the film goes down completely in the second half. A weak punch indeed!

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