Sunday, December 2, 2012
Thuppakki is the second Vijay movie I happen to see on big screen. Immediately after Nanban, that makes it two in a row. It is heart warming to note that both are not typical Vijay movies.
The film for a larger part is an A.R.Murugadoss film. There are some similarities to "Ramana" but the plot is still different and the screenplay is interesting. It would have been a lot more interesting with lesser number of songs but I guess that was a mild attempt from the director to satisfy Vijay fans.
The music and the background score are very ordinary. In fact the background score is really irritating at times. I think the problem with Harris Jeyaraj is that he has become too predictable. " Google Google" is the only song that catches attention and I guess that is also largely attributable to the singer Andrea and even Vijay to some extent.
While too many songs hamper the pace in the first half, as long as you don't reason too much the second half is really interesting with enough twists and turns. Vijay is convincing as an army officer who sees a terrorist act and wants to do something about it despite being on vacation. Vidyut Jamwal as the terrorist leader controlling the Sleeper cell, has done a good job and is the only other actor worth mentioning in this movie. All other actors including the herione Kajal Agarwal don't have much of a role to play.
The movie has been shot full and full in Mumbai which is a different setting that you don't get to see much in Tamil movies. Cinematography is handled by Santosh Sivan which needless to say boosts the viewing experience. The song Vennilave has been shot in some great backdrop and is a treat to the eyes.
While the movie is a hit , I think it has become a bigger hit more because of lack of competition and failure of something like Mattraan, on which people had lot of expectations.
Thuppaki is loaded alright but takes a long time to fire but the good things is it does fire in the end. Worth a watch if you have the time.