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..!! 🙂


Pisasu (TAMIL)


Starring: Naga, Prayaga, Radharavi, Harish Uthaman and many more
Editing : Gopinath
Music : Arrol Corelli
Cinematography: Ravi Roy
Written and Directed by: Mysskin

Mysskin’s previous film ran without a trace in big screen but the television provided the needed reach and thus there was a very good film which did not disturb the box office. That was the effect the brand Mysskin has and his stories have. His films generally have darkness as a part of the film but when he takes a horror flick just imagine how the film could be. Need to check that.

The movie opens with a reckless car driver knocking off an unknown girl, played by Prayaga. After the accident, the driver flees the spot and that leaves a passerby, played by Naga, with no option but to rush the girl to the hospital. Prayaga dies on her way to the hospital and falls prey to the universes’ ever expanding style of transforming souls and becomes a ghost soon after her demise. The ghost of Prayaga holds on to Naga and chooses to stay at his house and starts haunting him. The ghost is neither seeking revenge nor love and hence the motive of Prayaga’s ghost and her reason to haunt Prayaga who only tries to save her life forms the crux of this film.

There is a sense of “Where is the story?”, “What does the ghost want? “ A number of questions unanswered through the first half. With that said, in the second half Mysskin switches to his signature thriller mode from horror, and then finishes off in grand style. The lesser you know, the more you are bound to enjoy it.

Newcomer Naga as the lead protagonist (though in a weird hairstyle) has given good performance. Prayaga appears for a single scene as a human being, but we feel her presence throughout in the form of a ghost. Her handling of the awkward makeup and hanging from the roof most part of it warrants mention. Radharavi excels as usual as the father of the ghost. His emotions are very good in many scenes and makes us to feel. Just like the movie’s performances, its technicalities like editing and sound mixing adds stability to the movie. Special mention goes to the debutant music director Arrol Corelli whose songs and background score are soul-stirring. Cinematographer Ravi Roy too has impressed with his camera works.

The movie’s crisp editing wraps it up in 114 minutes nevertheless the first half finishes without much impact. Though the script has room for scary moments there isn’t much spine chilling moments. In all Pisasu is an emotional spooky supernatural movie from Mysskin where he shows the humanity side of the ghost that simply doesn’t try to scare you, but surprises your imagination with unpredictable thrills.