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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thuppakki - Exclusive Movie Review from Kerala

 Directed by     A. R. Murugadoss
Produced by     Kalaipuli S. Dhanu
Written by     A. R. Murugadoss


Kajal Aggarwal
Vidyut Jamwal

Music by     Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography     Santosh Sivan ASC.ISC
Editing by     A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio     Kalaipuli Films International
Distributed by    Thameens, Cinematheque Through Sri Senthil
    13 November 2012
Running time     165 mins
Country     India
Language     Tamil


Any Vijay film is associated with baggage of huge expectations, especially when he has given hat-trick super hits, all catering to different genres. with AR MUrugadoss at the helms of things expectations only doubles. Harris Jayaraj, Santosh Sivan, Kajal aggarwal also adds to the hype.

Jagadish (Vijay) who is an Indian Army Jawan & his battalion headed by Jayaram comes to Mumbai on leave where he accidentally gets mingled up with a bomb blast. Being at the scene, witnessing the suspected bomber Jagadish decides to investigate further in to the matter. Whether he succeeds in catching the terrorists, whats was the real motive behind his active involvement in the case forms the rest of the story. Nisha (Kajal Aggarwal) is Jagadish's love interest. Sathyan plays (kinda) buddy cop & Vidyut Jamwal the main baddie.

Ever since Kaavalan Vijay has been making an effort to do different kinds of scripts and roles after a short gap of doing many mass masala craps since Pokkiri. Thuppakki is another film in this right pth which will not only will satisfy his fans but also his detractors.

Thuppakki is a well written, intelligent thriller with towering performance by Vijay. The script has ben intelligently crafted by ARM with ample twist and turns and enough clap & whistle worthy moments.The scene leading to interval and climax are edge of the seat and major plus. Vijay's dancing is also good eleventhough there are no jaw dropping steps, which is understandable.

 ARM deserves special accolades for designing Vijay's look in the film. He looked smarter, cool, energetic and different in those cool casuals. The Army cut hair style also stands out and suits him well. All these with the immense energy of Vijay the actor and the persona he carries, its a complete treat for fans.

The other guy who equally impressed in the acting department is Vidyut Jamwal, superb screen presence, every time he was shown on screen claps were ther, after a disappointing outing in Billa 2 he is back again rocking big time.

 Santosh Sivan as usual done a superb job in capturing the fast moving Mumbai. Vijay stand tall in the movie with his cool portrayal of cunning, sharp and dangerous Jagadish. He has underplayed the character beautifully without going for over the top dialogues, mannerism just to please his fans [Thanks to ARM for writing it that way]. Sathya who was believed to be a comic relief gets not much scope even though he is there through out in the movie.infact the scenes b/n Vijay-Kajal raises more laughs. Kajal Aggarwal has done a decent job. Jayaram in a completely un-necessary role, did what he did in many of his recent Tamil films.

The film is not without its share of faults either. The pace is slow in first half, takes time to get in the groove. Songs are not only average, but proves hindrance to the fast moving screenplay. The picturisation of songs also offers nothing new. A Few cuts wouldn't do much harm to the movie, instead ill only help it make better. Some minor logical flaws which ARM should have corrected. Abrupt end to the climax sequence.

A Diwali Gift From Vijay not only to his fans but every Tamil movie lover.

Rating: 3.5/5

Box Office: Super Hit [Has already taken a thunderous, one of the best ever, opening across Kerala with fans shows starting as early as 5:30am]

Verdict: This Thupppakki (Gun) indeed fires and hits Bulls-eye . Go and watch it ... Happy Diwali

NB: Look out for cameo appearance by Santosh Shivan & ARM

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