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Thupparivaalan (transl.Detective) is a 2017 Indian Tamil action thriller film written and directed by Mysskin. The film is produced by Vishal, who also stars in the lead role. The film also features Prasanna, Anu Emmanuel, Andrea Jeremiah and Vinay. The project was launched in March 2016, and was released on 14 September 2017. The film and its titular hero was loosely inspired by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle's detective character, Sherlock Holmes; he has been given the credits in the opening of the film. The film was a commercial success and was appreciated by audiences and critics.

Thupparivaalan Poster.jpg
Official Promotional Poster
Directed byMysskin
Produced byVishal
Written byMysskin
Anu Emmanuel
Andrea Jeremiah
Music byArrol Corelli
CinematographyKarthik Venkatraman
Edited byN Arun kumar
Distributed byMadras Enterprises
Release date
  • 14 September 2017 (2017-09-14)[1]



The film starts with Dhivakar (Vincent Asokan) and his family celebrating his birthday. A sudden lightning strike kills him and his son and burns them to death. At a movie theatre, a man gropes a woman, and a small commotion ensues, which was stopped by ACP Paul Dhanarajan (Aadukalam Naren), who later dies in the middle of a police conference. The plot shifts to detective Kaniyan Pongundran (Vishal), who lives with his associate Manohar (Prasanna). They both come across Mallika (Anu Emmanuel) through a pickpocket incident where she gets caught. Later, she comes to work as a housekeeper at Kaniyan's house.

One day, a schoolboy Naveen (Master Nishesh) visits Kaniyan and Manohar with a case that his pet Pomeranian Nemo was shot dead and asks them to find the killer. Naveen gives them the bullet from Nemo's body. Kaniyan finds that it is a 9mm bullet which had been ricocheted from Nemo. At the crime scene, he finds a tooth, with which he tracks its owner as Swarnavel (Ashvatt), who was formerly a university physics professor who divorced his wife because he blamed her for the death of their son. Now, he is living alone and working as a stockbroker. Meanwhile, Kamalesh (John Vijay) visits a travel agency to deliver a sofa stashed with money to five members who run the agency and are believed to be assassins: Devil (Vinay Rai), Muthu (Bhagyaraj), Pritha (Andrea Jeremiah), a stout man (Dheeraj Rathnam), and a bald man (Siddhanth Venkatesh).

Kaniyan recollects a news article about an incident that involves the deaths of Dhivakar and his son and goes to Mrs. Dhivakar's (Simran) house, where she reveals that thunder occurred in the beginning, followed by lightning, which struck Dhivakar and their son. Kaniyan finds that Swarnavel was present in a nearby construction site on the day of the incident. He concludes that it was artificial lightning devised by Swarnavel to kill Dhivakar. When the assassins learn that Kaniyan is on their tail, Devil disposes of the body of Swarnavel, who was killed earlier. Kaniyan and Manohar visit Dhivakar's office and learn that a tender which was to be awarded to Dhivakar is now with Ram Prasad (Jayaprakash), the chairman and head of the company Dhivakar competed with. Before they could reach him, he is assassinated. Infuriated that their client Ram had to be killed, Kamalesh hires Chinese mercenaries to kill Kaniyan. Kaniyan defeats them and gets to know about Kamalesh, but Kamalesh is killed by Pritha before they arrive but is seen by Kaniyan while leaving. A police chase occurs as Pritha and the bald man try to escape but are later cornered from all sides. Soon after, the bald man kills himself by performing seppuku, allowing Pritha an opportunity to escape the scene. The next day in a shopping mall, Pritha makes a failed attempt to kill Kaniyan, who is saved by Mallika.

Kaniyan and Manohar meet Police Inspector Madhivanan (Abhishek Shankar) and ACP Vijayakumar (Shaji Chen) in a hotel, where yet another failed assassin attempt is made. Muthu plans to inject Kaniyan with a poison dart, but Manohar was caught in the crossfire and is rushed to the hospital They learn that Manohar was hit by the same dart as Paul. Kaniyan goes to the theater to confirm this and gets to know that on the same day, three tickets were booked by same person but in different rows. He gets the address from the credit card details. They raid the travel agency, and Devil kills Muthu to cover his tracks. They find some physics books related to lightning and a machine that emits lighting. Kaniyan receives an SMS threat that his beloved ones are in danger. He ensures that Manohar is safe in the hospital but could not save Mallika as she was stabbed by Devil. She pickpockets his mobile when he stabs her through which Kaniyan gets to know about the inspector who was keeping Devil informed about all the moves and status of investigation. It is later revealed that Madhivanan was an informer for Devil.

Kaniyan, Manohar and a police team go in search of Devil to a mangrove forest. All of them die except Kaniyan, Manohar, and Vijayakumar. Later, Kaniyan and Vijayakumar are caught by Devil, as he blackmails them with Naveen. Tied by a rope, Kaniyan reveals Devil's whereabouts and lets him know that the police are informed of this. Dejected by this, Devil tries to stab Kaniyan, but Manohar manages to untie him. Eventually, Kaniyan stabs Devil multiple times. In his dying moments, Devil tells Naveen he is sorry for killing Nemo. Later, as Naveen returns home from school, he finds a Pomeranian puppy along with a note bearing Kaniyan's name in a basket at his doorstep.


  • Vishal as Kaniyan Poongundran, a detective who is called upon to find the killer of Naveen's dog Nemo
  • Prasanna as Manohar, Kaniyan's associate who helps him with his case
  • Vinay as John Richardson Holcha/Devil, a man who runs a travel agency and is responsible for killing Naveen's dog Nemo
  • Anu Emmanuel as Mallika, a woman who befriends Kaniyan but later gets killed by Devil
  • Andrea Jeremiah as Pritha, a woman who runs the travel agency and makes a failed attempt to kill Kaniyan
  • K. Bhagyaraj as Muthu aka Uncle, a man who runs the travel agency and gets killed by Devil
  • John Vijay as Kamalesh, a man who sends a money-filled sofa to the travel agency and later gets killed by Pritha
  • Master Nishesh as Naveen, a young schoolboy whose dog Nemo was killed by Devil
  • Vincent Asokan as Dhivakar, a man who dies due to a lightning strike
  • Simran as Mrs. Dhivakar, Dhivakar's wife who tells Kaniyan and Manohar about her husband's murder
  • Ashvatt as Swarnavel, a former physics professor and now stockbroker who divorced his wife and was present on the day when Dhivakar was killed
  • Dheeraj Rathnam as a stout man who runs the travel agency
  • Siddhanth Venkatesh as a bald man who runs the travel agency and later kills himself by performing seppuku
  • Shaji Chen as ACP Vijayakumar, a man who is met by Kaniyan and Manohar and is later caught by Devil
  • Abhishek Shankar as Police Inspector Madhivanan, a man who is met by Kaniyan and Manohar and an informer for Devil
  • Jayaprakash as Ram Prasad, a man who possesses a tender which was to be awarded for Dhivakar and later gets killed
  • Ravi Mariya as Mallika's uncle who forces his niece into pickpocketing but later reforms and offers her a job
  • Aadukalam Naren as ACP Paul Dhanarajan, a man who gets killed by a poison dart in the middle of a police conference
  • Ajay Rathnam as Police Chief
  • Thalaivasal Vijay as Madhavan


In February 2016, Mysskin begun working on a film in thriller genre for Vishal Film Factory. Starring Vishal in the lead role as a Detective, the film was titled Thupparivaalan and was formally launched at a ceremony in Chennai on 10 March 2016.[2][3] In order to work on the film, Vishal delayed his commitments for Linguswamy's Sandakozhi 2, while Mysskin put back commitments he had for a new film starring debutants Maitreyan and Tanya Ravichandran.[4] Prior to the start of shoot, Mysskin cast several other leading actors and the film was dubbed by the media to be a "multi-starrer". Actress Rakul Preet Singh was cast in a leading role, making her comeback to Tamil films after becoming popular in the Telugu film industry. Likewise actors Vinay and Prasanna were signed to portray supporting roles.[5][6][7] Veteran director K. Bhagyaraj was also selected to portray a key antagonistic role in the film.[8]

The film began production in Chennai on 26 September 2016 with scenes featuring Vishal and Prasanna being filmed during the first schedule.[9] Soon after the shoot began, Rakul Preet Singh opted out of the film citing scheduling clashes with her commitments for AR Murugadoss's Spyder (2017), and was replaced by Malayalam actress Anu Emmanuel, who would make her debut in the Tamil film industry. Anu was signed following a test photo shoot in October 2016, where Mysskin asked her to sport a sari.[10][11] Akshara Haasan was also signed on to portray another pivotal role in the film during the same month and was expected to shoot for the film alongside her commitments in the Ajith Kumar-starrer Vivegam (2017).[12] Akshara later opted out of the project and was replaced in the role by Andrea Jeremiah.[13][14]

The film's shoot progressed throughout late 2016 and early 2017 and by May 2017, there were only ten days more of shoot required.[15] Mysskin revealed that he was inspired by the tales of Sherlock Holmes when writing the film and stated Vishal's character would resemble the detective. Likewise, that Prasanna's character would be along the lines of Dr. Watson from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels.[16][17][18] In August 2017, while filming an action scene, Vishal suffered a minor injury on his knee, while Vinay hurt his shoulders. The pair, however, chose to continue with the shoot to avoid delays.[19] Unlike most Indian films, the makers avoided including multiple songs; the only song in the film is "Ivan Thupparivaalan", written by Mysskin (who sings along with Hemambiga) and composed by Arrol Corelli,[20] who also composed the background music.[21]


This flim was received positive reviews from critics. The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay.[22] The film was also dubbed into Hindi as Dashing Detective and released by Goldmines Telefilms on YouTube on 13 July 2018 with Vishal's voice dubbed by Rajesh Kava.[23]


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