Thupparivaalan (TAMIL)

Starring: Vishal, Prasanna, Andrea Jeremiah, Vinay, Anu Emmanuel and many more
Music: Arrol Corelli
Cinematography: Karthik Venkatraman
Directed by: Mysskin

Mysskin’s take on Sherlock Holmes is what triggered me to watch this movie and that too Vishal in that role adds more spice. Even the title card announces dedications to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and other Baker Street fans. So lets see how our local Sherlock has performed.

Kaniyan Poongundran (Vishal) runs a detective agency with, Manohar (Prasanna) in tow. A school boy brings the case of his Pomeranian dog killed by a bullet which leads the detectives on the trail of a gang of high-tech assassins headed by Devil (Vinay). There is a subplot involving a pickpocket Mallika (Anu Emanuel) who turns over a new leaf for the hero and also aids him in his mission at a crucial juncture. What happens next is told with long drawn out scenes and ends in a gory climax. Mysskin always emerges as winner by offering unique films. On the contrast, a suspense thriller movie always demands the best pace. But here, it proceeds with slow pace. The villain gang are mere caricatures lacking any depth in their characterizations to make them interesting beyond a point.

This is Vishal’s best film since Pandiya Naadu. The actor lived like a detective, his quirky mannerisms, dialogue delivery, body language and effortless stunts convince us that none could have carried away this role. Prasanna has underplayed and through that has established that he has been wasted all these days. Vinay is subtle yet impactful as the antagonist. The impressive array of actors, comprising Simran, Andrea, Bhagyaraj, Anu Emmanuel and John Vijay, do justice to their roles. The stunt sequences are the best moments in the film. Vishal and every other actor have given their heart and soul into it.

Arrol Corelli needs special mention, his BGM has elevated many scenes and keeps the detective play interesting. But his over usage of just Violin could have been avoided. What makes Thupparivalan different from other Mysskin films, is that how he has done away with some of his visual narration techniques and, in the process, has found new ones in the film. Mysskin is definitely one of the most intriguing filmmakers of our times, enthralling us with his innovative storytelling techniques, which connect with the deepest emotions within us. Go watch out if you are the fan of thriller genre..!! 🙂

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