Thuppakki review

Thuppakki is an upcoming Tamil action thriller film written and directed by AR. Murugadoss.

The film will feature Vijay and Kajal Agarwal, in the lead roles. along with Vidyut Jamwal, Jayaram, Sathyan, Gautham Kurup and Akshara Gowda in supporting roles.

The film is produced by Kalaipuli S. Dhanu and features background score and soundtrack composed by Harris Jayaraj with cinematography handled by Santhosh Sivan, who with Thuppakki will introduce the Arri Alexa camera to Indian cinema.

The story of the film revolves around a youngster from a Mumbai-based Tamil family. The happy-go-lucky man’s life undergoes a sudden turn. The decisions he takes after that is the rest of the story. Said by the director AR. Murugadoss.

Thuppakki is among the most anticipated films to be released in the year 2012.

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Thuppakki hits the screens in style. Ilayathalapathy Vijay is back in the role of a army backdrop.

Here is your opportunity to write about the film in a fair and balanced fashion. Is Thuppakki for the class or the mass audience? Do you think AR. Murugadoss did justice to the story? Does the film’s theme (and Vijay‘s role) live up to the purity of the title?

Do you think Kajal Agarwal had meaningful role? How were AR. Murugadoss‘s dialogues? What were the highlights and weak links?

Movie: Thuppakki
Directed by AR. Murugadoss
Produced by Kalaipuli S. Dhanu
Written by AR. Murugadoss
Star Cast: Vijay as Jagadish, Kajal Agarwal as Nisha, Jayaram, Vidyut Jamwal, Akshara Gowda, Anupama Kumar, Sathyan, Mano Bala, Prashanth Nair, Deepthi Nambiar, Gautham Kurup, Steven Clarke, AR. Murugadoss
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Santosh Sivan ASC.ISC
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio Kalaipuli Films International
Distributed by Gemini Film Circuit, SVR Media (Andhra Pradesh)
Release date: 13 November 2012

Thuppaki added to the festivities of Diwali yesterday. Yes, all the theatres screening this Vijay starrer wore a festive look and movie buffs looked ecstatic to catch a glimpse of their favorite star on the silver screens. Let’s check out how this film, for which ace director AR Murugadoss has wielded the megaphone for, has fared at the box office.

Vijay is an army captain who visits his family in Mumbai on a 40-day vacation. Kajal Agarwal is his ladylove. How he spends his vacation along with his family and ladylove and his mission to thwart the efforts of the terrorists to plant bombs in several locations in Mumbai forms the crux of this action entertainer from AR Murugadoss.

Vijay does look stylish with his youthful looks and the theatre reverberated with applause in scenes in which appears sporting blazers and glares. In short, Vijay has done full justice to the role looking urbane to the core!

Kajal Agarwal doesn’t have much to do apart from appearing glamorous and romancing Vijay in some of the popular numbers scored by Harris Jayaraj.

Sathyan has once again proved his comic sense and so does the veteran Jayaram. The former plays Vijay‘s friend while the latter is his senior officer in the army. Baddie Vidyut Jamwal has made the best use of the opportunity accorded to him and has done full justice to his role.

Harris Jayaraj has churned out some chart busters for this album and the way they have been captured on camera by Santosh Sivan is a visual treat, of course.

Positives: Vijay‘s costumes and stylishness, AR Murugadoss‘s direction, Harris Jayaraj‘ music and Santosh Sivan‘s camerawork.

Negatives: Some scenes are illogical, songs does hinder the film’s progress.

In total: It is the biggest treat for all Vijay fans out there!

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  1. Thalapathy rocks in Thuppaki………………. Thuppaki is full loaded gun in al aspects..
    Diwali Thuppaki….

  2. Kajal Agarwal’s role is just to fullfil some of the comedy holes of the film and she has no connection with the story line ….
    More meaningful role could be given to kajal!!!!
    kajal!!!! atleast from next film do select appropriate callsheet where in you get impressive roles..not of just commercial purpose…
    coming to vijays action scenes , its not quite different from his predecessor movies , especially in climax rolling the left hand and leg was dito from gilli……
    other than that the story line was not bad
    but still more few intelligence can be added to the movie..
    Regarding music…..except one song….no other songs were ear catchy……u have to do more homework harris!!!!!
    in a scale of 10 we score 6.5 for THUPPAKKI

  3. So after all the hype and hoopla, Vijay’s ‘Thuppaki‘ is out for the people’s verdict. The final product from AR Murugadoss has taken some time to get delivered, owing to various hurdles it encountered en route, but has hit the target in a stylish and sophisticated manner.

    There were numerous speculations as to what part Vijay would be playing. Finally, he is an Army officer, who is keen to taken on the terrorists head-on. ‘Thupakki’ was projected as a stylish action story and that is how it turns out to be.

    Jagadish (Vijay) is an Army captain who is in Mumbai on a vacation. Besides enjoying the company of his family which includes his parents and sisters, he is on a mission.

    All that Jagadish wants is to root out ‘sleeper cells’ that are attempting to terrorise Mumbai’s prominent localities by bombing them.

    In the meantime, he also has a beautiful love episode (thanks to Kajal Agarwal).

    Vijay does everything in a stylish manner on screen, especially in the role of the ‘Captain’ and goes about his job of hammering the baddies with aplomb while romancing Kajal and the songs (by Harris Jayaraj) send the heart-beats racing. However, Harris seems to have missed out on the BGM.

    Vijay combines charm and grace well on screen. He looks at his stylish best. Be it peppy dancer number or scenes where he had to use his muscles, he does it with such ease.

    He is both urban and cerebral in the movie. Playing the role of a macho-man demands a trim physique, which he he has got exactly right.

    Kajal Agarwal has tried her hands at humour and it comes out well for her. The initial encounter scenes between her and Vijay have interestingly been conceived. She utilised the opportunity well and a song sequence involving her and Vijay on sports field has come good and sure to take Kajal places.

    Vidyut Jamwal matches up to the suave Vijay in looks and mannerism. As a brain behind the terror to be unleashed in Mumbai, he gets the right serious look. Jayaram proves that he has not lost any of his versatility and shines in the role with a lot of humour set apart for him while Sathyan, whose stock is rising after the ‘Nanban’ show manages to evoke a few guffaws with his antics.

    Santosh Sivan’s cinematography elevates the movie to a new level. He has given two colours to the movie and the actions scenes are a treat to watch. The lush locales of Mumbai suburbs and the hot chase besides the encounter scenes have been canned well. He adds more class and gloss to the content.

    On the whole, AR Murugadoss has packaged ‘Thuppaki‘ in such a manner that Vijay’s mass image keeps the film afloat and he has ensured that there is everything for a (Vijay) fan to look forward to.

    It is more like a marriage of AR Murugadoss and Vijay kind of films that ends up giving birth to a cerebral stuff with action, fun and what not.

  4. Well Well Well……guys…the wait is finally over……… a solid power packed movie a total paisa vasool entertainer………hats off ARM.. after quite a some time a movie which has completely lived up to d expectations!! excellent fights and superb background music ( trust me u gotta watch it in d big screen Harris Jayaraj has rocked here )…….a treat for sure for all Vijay fans n all movie buffs as well !!! three cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a sure shot blockbuster……..

  5. excellent movie….dont hear any haters talk…just gonna and watch the movie….arm rocks…santhosh sivan rocks…ilaya thalapathy rocks….

  6. Hi my name is Rami. I am from bangalore i watched on the first day, What i like with the movie is the script, thalaivars screen presence acting skill and cinematography direction.. the the minus point is unwanted songs i personally felt the songs are unmatching to story i mean 2 songs but finally the film is tribute to out indian army families and armies a salute to indian army awesome movie dnt miss it.. Thank you for your opportunity for giving to express my feelings abt the movie…

  7. Thuppaki is totally awesome, it not worth to watch one time, should watch it more than five times, pls don watch it dvd, since movie was dedicated to our army. Moreover dialoge which vijay delivered,” 1000 uyira eduka avanugale uyira pathi kavala padala, kapatharathuku namalu kuduka thayanga kudathu” May this diwali dedicated to our army.

  8. I liked the scene of Vijay Anna counting 1,2,3 .. and shooting in the last part of the first half. His dialogue delivery is simply superb. AR Murugadoss sir an this movie is dedicating to our Indian army. pls all of them don’t forgot to watch the movie.

  9. The wait has finally come to an end as the most anticipated movie of the year has finally hit the screens. Vijay is known for his excellent screen presence and energy, having the core aim to entertain. And A.R.Murugadoss is known for his intelligent thriller who colours commercialism convincingly. When both of these entertainers join hands, the expectations hit sky high especially with such profound talents such as Santosh Sivan and Sreekar Prasad packaging it. So is Thuppakki worth the wait?


    Jagdish (Vijay), an army captain, returns back to Mumbai for a holiday to be with his parents and two sisters. They want him to get married and finds a bride Nisha (Kajal Aggarwal) for him. After the usual bickering’s the couple fall in love. Meanwhile Jagadish an intelligence officer in the military has a mission to crack down on terrorist sleeper cells in Mumbai.

    How Jagadish moves around as an ordinary person using his brain and brawn to track down the person behind the national threat forms the crux of the story.

    Story Screenplay

    A.R.Murugadoss who is known for his sensible and racy screenplay, does not disappoint us here. He injects a neat message through a game-like objective driven screenplay. He stacks the story with neatly placed twists with sprinkles of shocks here and there. This time he seems to be very focused on what he wanted to convey and what he wanted the film to turn out to be.

    The characters are interestingly designed, especially Jagadish’s, who is casual, witty and also focused when it comes to National Security. The patriotic element and the message about the Army men have come out convincingly. Especially during the last scene, every man could feel the true meaning and value of patriotism.

    On the flip side, even though the comical antics between Vijay and Kajal are fun, it somehow slows down the thrill of the film.

    In overall, A.R.Murugadoss appears to have known the strength of Vijay well and have utilized most of it. Nevertheless, he keeps his inventive imagination running by, coming up with a neat commercial flick without trying too hard to impress.

    Casting & Performance

    Vijay with his toned physique looks tailor made for a casual Army officer. The way he translates his body language according to the film’s mood is commendable. He blends well with this story driven flick and oozes with versatility. Kajal Agarwal as ‘Boxer’ Nisha suits the film well and we can safely say that she is one of the few female leads in recent times who does humour so convincingly. Vidyut Jamwal impresses with his subtle delivery and menacing eyes while Sathyan is a scream. A.R.Murugadoss has introduced many debutants in the film and all have impressed.

    On the other end, Jeyram stamps his experience, even with a brief role.


    Santosh Sivan’s calibre has been proved so many times in many films but in Thuppakki he shoots a commercial film with artistic touch. He captures Mumbai in two colours; one being the bright clean chapter of Jagadish and Nisha chapter and another being the underworld terrorists. The most talked about Arri Digital enhances the action sequences, by capturing the minute details vividly. Editor Sreekar Prasad’s fast cuts certainly give an extra boost to the already racy screenplay.

    Harris Jayaraj’s songs is apt for the film and his epic BGMs especially the theme music, really adds the icing to the cake. However the placement of ‘Vennilave’ song is seriously misplaced, especially when it come during the pre-climax.

    In overall, A.R.Murugadoss has packaged his film in a prefect colour by collating brilliant heads for the technical department.


    As recent big films falling out for too much gimmicks and tedium, Thuppakki sets a new bench mark for commercial cinema by keeping focus and true to itself, without trying too hard to impress. With A.R Murugdoss’s sharp direction and Vijay’s ever dependable dedication, Thuppakki works big time, firing with the right sound for this Deepavali!

  10. hiii, movie s very superb n excellent direction. Vijay is very handsome n look like young with stylish… I felt only thing, kajal is nt major part in d film, she should involve in dis operation, she came vijay home, n went into cubord, at tat time sathyan n vijay talked abt d sleeper cells, she should knw d things wat s vijay n wt he s doin, its may l give important to kajal. Finally army peoples, sathyan, and another helping to vijay for his operation, i feel kajal also should involve in tat operation, for some help, she s also like militory man, she s boxer so it ll give extra energy to film… Over all film s very nice.. Superb , excellent… Anna adumpothu alaga adura orthar nengathana???? Thalapathi eppavume rock rock rock…. Semaaaaa ya kilichittinga na… A big salute to indian army…


  11. A military officer takes on a terrorist mastermind in a cat-and-a-mouse game to render the group’s sleeper cells redundant!!!

  12. The hero as the social angst-driven executioner is nothing new to Tamil cinema. AR. Murugadoss’ Thuppaki is almost a safe bet after his slightly experimental 7am Arivu. But credit to him and his team for packaging something racy for the blockbuster-starved film audiences in a year that has been a death-knell for hero-worshipping scripts.

    Despite having a popular leading man in Vijay, who has found his box-office mojo in his last two outings, the hero of Thuppaki is the script, which is probably as intelligible as it can get in mainstream cinema. As with other such ‘masala’ films (as they are called popularly), logic takes a backseat and at times completely disappears.

    The protagonist is not a vigilante in the true sense, as he is shown to be a secret agent of the Indian Army, but seems to operate like one while covering up brutal murders and indulging in a fair bit of criminal blackmail. He has the mandate, and takes on a terrorist group’s dreaded sleeper cells in a cat-and-mouse game, the highlight of the movie being the chess-game-like moves he plays with the dreaded terrorist mastermind (unnamed character played by Vidyut Jamwal).

    Like in his successful Ghajini, AR Murugadoss employs parallel story lines of contrasting natures. In Ghajini, the narrative kept swinging back and forth between the tale of revenge and the tale of romance. Here too, Jagdish’s hunt for the terrorist leader is contrasted with the levity of his “now-on-now-off” romance with the fiery Nisha (Kajal Agarwal).

    Two supporting actors who make an impact are Jayaram (as the hilarious military officer V. Ravichandran) and Sathyan (as the hero’s side-kick sub-inspector Balaji). Jayaram brings the roof down as the military superior who generally is not aware of his surroundings. It is a pity that the actor does not get more substantial roles in Tamil cinema to show off his comic prowess. Sathyan seems to be evolving as an actor who can go beyond just comedy shenanigans if the script allows him to.

    Vijay has done his best to appear the part of a hero who combines brain with brawn. The song-and-dance and the stunts sequences bring out the best in him. But in this outing, he has toned down his humour, and rightfully too. Vidyut Jamwal very nearly reprises his role from Billa 2. The actor looks good enough to play the leading man! Kajal Agarwal turns in a performance that is nearly a carbon copy of Asin’s in Ghajini.

    Top-notch technicians in cinematographer Santhosh Sivan and editor Sreekar Prasad have shouldered their responsibilities well. The chase sequences shot on location in Mumbai stand out. Music director Harris Jayaraj, though, seems to have had a surprisingly off-time with the songs. The background music is apt though it is significantly reminiscent of several popular scores. Thuppaki is an above average entertainer that seems to shine in contrast in a year where most big projects have come a cropper. Like many filmmakers of his generation, AR. Murugadoss’ movies seem to be influenced heavily by the contemporary masters, in this case surely Shankar’s cinema.

    It would be interesting to see the young director take on something different in future. One can only wonder just how much better Thuppaki would have been if it had done away with the song-and-dance-and-romance and such trappings.

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