Thupparivaalan movie review: Director Mysskin and actor Vishal deliver a solid thriller

Sreedhar Pillai

Sep 15, 2017 11:05:05 IST


With Thupparivaalan, ace director Mysskin has delivered another solid aesthetic thriller, which entertains due to smart writing and good filmmaking. Vishal, a commercial action hero, has delivered his best-ever performance in the role of a detective inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

 Thupparivaalan movie review: Director Mysskin and actor Vishal deliver a solid thriller

Still from Thupparivaalan

Kaniyan Poongundran (Vishal) is a committed no- nonsense detective who is always looking to bring to light unsolved crimes. But he is principled and refuses to take up the case of a rich man's missing daughter for which he is promised a fee of Rs 50 lakhs. Kaniyan says the father wants to find his daughter as she has eloped with the driver, and intends to carry through an honour killing. But he readily agrees when a child approaches him with his pocket money to investigate his pet Pomeranian's mysterious death. His Dr Watson-like assistant Mano (Prasanna) discourages him from the case, but he takes it on, and this leads to an intriguing case of corporate espionage and murders. For Kaniyan Poongundran, it is the mystery and motive surrounding a case rather than money that gives him a kick.

The Mysskin touch is present in every frame of the film. A single line narrative that takes twists and turns, all loose ends are tied in a long drawn out stunning climax. There are trademark Mysskin scenes, like the villain standing behind a bathroom door with bloodstained clothes after cutting a guy to pieces with an electric saw, while his girlfriend comes and offers him a cup of coffee — which he sips as if nothing has happened.

One of the major highlights is the action choreography, mostly hand-to-hand combat, shot with panache. For instance, a fight scene in a Chinese restaurant which fast-moving and at the end of which, not even one table or chair is broken. The 20-minute climax chase and action scenes in the Pichavaram mangroves are spectacular. The camera is like an unseen character in the film and the work of cameraman Karthek Venkatraman has to be appreciated. There are no songs in the film, but Arrol Corelli’s impressive background score sets just the right mood.

Vishal has pulled off the detective's role easily with his quirky mannerisms and body language and natural style in action scenes. Prasanna, a fine actor, also does a good job as the detective's assistant, while Vinay Rai as the villain is a revelation. Among the female actors, it is Andrea who shines along with rest of supporting cast of Bhagyaraj, John Vijay and Anu Immanuel. The drawback of the film is its length, and it takes its own time to establish characters like in most Mysskin films.

Thupparivaalan is superior cinema that blends realism with entertainment in the right mix. Go watch it.

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Updated Date: Sep 15, 2017 11:05:05 IST