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Thuppakki Munai (English: Gun Shot) is a 2018 Tamil action drama film directed by Dinesh Selvaraj and produced by S. Thanu under his production banner V. Creations.[1] The film stars Vikram Prabhu and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles and M. S. Bhaskar in a pivotal role.[2] Music is composed by L. V. Muthu Ganesh and film edited by Bhuvan Srinivasan. The film released on 14 December 2018 and opened on mixed to negative reviews, critically panning Vikram Prabhu’s unnecessary getups, buildups and looks in the film and the social message which was not properly delivered in this film.

Thuppakki Munai
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Directed byDinesh Selvaraj
Produced byS. Thanu
Written byDinesh Selvaraj
StarringVikram Prabhu
Hansika Motwani
M. S. Bhaskar
Music bySaarvin raj
CinematographyRasamathi
Edited byBhuvan Srinivasan
Production
company
V Creations
Release date
14 December 2018
Running time
86 min
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

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PlotEdit

ACP Birla Bose (Vikram Prabhu) is a straightforward cop and ruthless encounter specialist from Mumbai Police Department. Though he has an exceptional record of encounters and strives hard to keep the city crime-free, he gets into trouble with the human rights commission because of his ruthlessness in handling criminals. On one such occasion, Bose is suspended, and this leads to a rift between him and his mother. He also breaks up with his girlfriend Mythili Mohan (Hansika Motwani) because her father (Aadukalam Naren) accuses him of being unstable in his career and personal life.

Bose gets an order from his senior officer and travels to Rameshwaram to investigate the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl named Manjalnayaki (Abhirami). Bose finds out that the local police has arrested a Bihari Maoist named Aazad (RJ Sha) in connection to the crime. They believe that Bose, an encounter specialist, should kill Aazad after making him confess to the crime. Uyya (M. S. Bhaskar), Manjal's father, meets Bose and narrates his version of the story. He is the town's barber and extends his services to Brahmaraja (Vela Ramamoorthy), a businessman who is feared and revered all over the country. On one such fateful day, when Uyya is providing his barber services to Brahmaraja at his house, Brahmaraja's son and his friends lust after Manjal, who is playing in their premises. The next day, Uyya is thrown off the road from his bike when a car speeds past him. He sees a ribbon flying out of the window at the time. Soon, he finds that Manjal is missing, and a search team is dispatched, but they find only her corpse floating in the river. Uyya is devastated and tries to piece up information like the flying ribbon and a piece of Manjal's science project found from the same car and realizes that Brahmaraja's son and his friends are the perpetrators.

After confirming that Uyya is telling the truth and conducting further investigations about Aazad, Bose finds that he is innocent and the local police have framed him just to close the case. However, with the mounting media, public attention and protests, it is not easy for the police department to release Aazad and find the actual perpetrators. While the police department is still contemplating, Brahmaraja learns of the entire situation and wants to divert the attention back to Aazad so that his son will not be accused. He sends his nephew Ganga (Bharath Reddy) and henchmen to beat up and kill Aazad and Bose, who is helping him.

Since Mythili works for the Prime Minister's office, Bose seeks her help in obtaining a habeas corpus order from the PM's office for Aazad. It states that all the police departments of the state must hand over Aazad alive to the Chennai supreme court and a tight police security has to be given for Bose and Aazad. Ganga and his henchmen find out about this and try to sabotage Bose's plan and kill Aazad before he reaches the court, but Bose tricks them and makes Aazad escape in disguise and fights Ganga and his men. Unfortunately, before Bose could escape, Brahmaraja finds him. Meanwhile, Uyya, under Bose's instructions, secretly goes to the hideout of Brahmaraja's son and his friends to kill them to avenge Manjal's death. Bose makes Brahmaraja watch the video of Uyya killing his son. Unable to take it all anymore, Brahmaraja is frustrated at his inability and kills himself.

Aazad successfully reaches the court and seeks custody. Finally, it is revealed that Uyya actually does not kill his daughter's killers for revenge. He decides to be human and forgives them and makes them confess to their crime to media and police. The four criminals are then arrested. Aazad is freed and goes back to live a peaceful life, thanks to Bose's decision to be human.

CastEdit

  • Vikram Prabhu as Birla Bose, a armature cop
  • Hansika Motwani as Mythili Mohan, Bose's girlfriend who works in the PM's office
  • M. S. Bhaskar as Uyya, Manjal’s father and the town's barber who extends his services to Brahmaraja
  • Abhirami as Manjalnayaki, a 15-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by Brahmaraja's son and his friends
  • Aadukalam Naren as Mohan, Mythili’s father who falsely accused Bose of being stable in his career and personal life by Birla Bose
  • Vela Ramamoorthy as Brahmaraja, a businessman who is feared and revered all over the country
  • RJ Sha as Aazad, a Bihari Maoist who was wrongly accused of raping and murdering Manjal
  • Bharath Reddy as Ganga, Brahmaraja's nephew who was sent to kill Aazad and Bose but gets killed by Bose
  • G. Marimuthu as Police Inspector
  • Sangili Murugan as Hotel Owner
  • Boxer Dheena as Henchman

ProductionEdit

The film was launched in December 2017.[3]

SoundtrackEdit

Soundtrack has only two songs was composed by brothers L. V. Ganesh and L. V. Muthukumarasamy.[4]

  • Yaar Ivan - LV Muthu, Karthi[5]
  • Poovendru - Sriram Parthasarathy[6]

MarketingEdit

The film's teaser was released by Gautham Menon in September 2018.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

News Minute wrote that the film is "unpredictable" and "fails to connect".[8] Sify wrote "The plot and the circumstances are cliched and gives you a sense of deja vu, but it is the slick packaging and presentation that makes Thuppakki Munai an engrossing watch."[9] Firstpost wrote "On the whole, Thuppakki Munai is edgy and new in treatment, and watchable to a smaller extent."[10] Times of India wrote "It all sounds exciting on paper, but the execution onscreen doesn’t quite match what we expect from a film in this genre. The tone keeps veering between gritty action and full-blown melodrama [..] and this robs the film of intensity."[11]

Review for reviews 1) News minute - Accurate 2) Sify - Accurate 3) Firstpost - Accurate 4) Times of India - Accurate

The film ran for 10 days in box office and is declared a box office failure.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Thuppakki Munai (2018) | Thuppakki Munai Tamil Movie | Thuppakki Munai Review, Cast & Crew, Release Date, Photos, Videos". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ RajKumar (15 September 2018). "Thuppakki Munai Tamil Movie (2018) | Cast | Songs | Teaser | Trailer | Release Date". News Bugz. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Wow! Another 'Thuppakki' from Thanu - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz.com. 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ Suganth, M (23 September 2018). "Composing duo gets foreign orchestra for Vikram Prabhu's film". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  5. ^ Think Music India. "Thuppakki Munai - Yaar Ivan Song Lyrical - Vikram Prabhu - L.V. Muthu Ganesh - Dinesh Selvaraj" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Think Music India. "Thuppakki Munai - Poovendru Song Lyrical - Vikram Prabhu - L.V. Muthu Ganesh - Dinesh Selvaraj" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/gautham-menon-releases-vikram-prabhus-thuppakki-munai-teaser-twitter-88478
  8. ^ https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/thuppakki-munai-review-vikram-prabhu-s-thriller-unpredictable-fails-connect-93303
  9. ^ "Review : Thuppakki Munai review-A watchable action thriller (2018)". www.sify.com.
  10. ^ "Thuppakki Munai movie review: Vikram Prabhu shines as a nonsense cop in this largely not watchable film- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 14 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Thuppakki Munai Movie Review {3/5}: Critic Review of Thuppakki Munai by Times of India" – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.

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