Sethupathi IPS

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Sethupathi IPS
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Movie Poster
Directed byP. Vasu
Written byP. Vasu
Produced byM. Saravanan
CinematographyM. C. Sekar
Edited byP. Mohan Raj
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 14 January 1994 (1994-01-14)
Running time
147 minutes

Sethupathi IPS is a 1994 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film starring Vijayakanth, Meena, and Nambiar. The movie deals with the story of a police officer who fights against terrorism. The movie was shot in 180 days and entirely in Chennai. It is one of the blockbusters of Vijayakanth's during the 1990s.[2] It was dubbed in Telugu as Raghupathi IPS and Hindi as IPS Vishwa Pratap Singh.


Terrorism against India is escalated heavily by Indians trained abroad. Sethupathi IPS (Vijayakanth) is a very efficient cop whose entire family has served the country at some time — his mother Satyabhama (Srividya) is an IAS Officer, his maternal grandfather was a soldier who got a medal for killing 200 enemies (a medal which Sethupathi secretly covets), and his father in law (Vijayakumar) is an Inspector General of Police.

Sethupathi catches terrorist Sivasubramaniam in a hospital and coaxes him to reveal information that their gang is planning a terrorist strike on the Prime minister of India during his meeting with Chief Ministers of various states in Chennai. After divulging this information (owing to the kindness and pity shown by Sethupathi), the terrorist commits suicide with Sethupathi's gun. Using the information, Sethupathi is able to save the day and the Prime minister.

Sivasubramaniam's death leads to his brother Sivaprakasham (Raj Mohan) arriving in India. Sivaprakasham is also the leader of this terrorist gang, and in addition to the terror strike the gang is planning to launch in India, he also plans to wipe out Sethupathi's family.

Moving opposite to Sethupathi's house, Sivaprakasam pretends to be a very nice man "Satyaprakasham" and manages to fool Sethupathi's mother, wife (Meena), sister, and grandfather and convinces all of them of his true intentions to such an extent that they agree to his engagement with their mute daughter Saraswathi. Sivaprakasam avoids Sethupathi and sees to it that during both the engagement and the wedding, Sethupathi is occupied so that he cannot come face to face with Sivaprakasam.

After the wedding, the Terrorists take over a school where Sethupathi's wife (Meena) is a teacher and demands for a plane and money to take them abroad. Sivaprakasam brings his wife (Sethupathi's sister) and watches her get gang raped until Sethupathi's wife shoots her, unable to bear her suffering. Sivaprakasam also shoots a boy student of class v.

As the terrorists escape the school towards the plane and take off, Sethupathi has arrived after having killed one of their numbers, and disguising himself, he eliminates all of them, including Sivaprakasam and lands the plane safely (on instructions of the injured pilot).

The movie ends with Sethupathi receiving his coveted grandfather's medal.



The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Anathai Endru" Bhavatharini Vaali 04:13
2 "Mazhalai Endrum" K. S. Chithra 05:59
3 "Saathu Nada" Asha Bhosle, Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja 05:53
4 "Vanna Mozhi Maane" K. J. Yesudas Vaali 04:56
5 "Vidiyum Neram" Sunandha 05:43

Critical reception[edit]

The Indian Express wrote, "Director Vasu draws inspiration from [..] few real-life incidents. But somehow these incidents stand apart [..] the film as a whole is little too glib and superficial."[4]


  1. ^ "Sethupathi IPS". The Indian Express. 14 January 1994. p. 10.
  2. ^ "Super Hit Cop Movies of All Time in Kollywood, Top Ten List".
  3. ^ "Sethupathi IPS Songs". raaga. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Sethupathi IPS". The Indian Express. 21 January 1994. p. 6.

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