Director: Ranjit M Tewari
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Rakul Preet Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Hrishitaa Bhatt and Sargun Mehta
Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3/5 stars
Cuttputlli Movie Review:
When it comes to serial killer movies or murder mysteries, it is the motive of the killer that intrigues me. I always wonder what is the motive of the killers that urged them to take this drastic step of killing people. And well, the cause of the murder was quite persuasive in Cuttputlli. The last thriller drama in Hindi that I watched was HIT: The First Case, starring Rajkummar Rao and Sanya Malhotra, I found the motive behind the murder flimsy but fortunately, that was not the case in the Cuttputlli movie, so that’s a plus point for me.
Since I’m a sucker for thrillers, and suspense dramas, surprising, the aftertaste of Cuttputlli is not sour. It keeps you hooked till the end; however, I would have really liked it even more if the unwanted songs and the unwanted romantic scenes between Akshay and Rakul. I felt it was not needed since they were trying to show an intense drama. However, it seems like they are adding the elements to make it a little commercial as well but it is surely not working out with me.
3 murders, 1 city, a cop and a serial killer who is on the loose. A cop is on a mission to track down a child abduction racket in Kasauli which has become a death zone. With inspector officer Akshay Kumar and police officer Manjit Singh, they go on a mission to hunt down the serial killer who only targets innocent teenage girls. But will Akshay hunt down the serial killer? Will he give justice to the girls?
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Akshay Kumar essays the role of scriptwriter/ investigator officer Arjan in the film. He has a knack for understanding the psychology of the criminal. After seeing Akshay in Samrat Prithviraj and Raksha Bandhan, I finally get to see Akshay in a fitter role this year and for a change, I enjoyed his act in this film. He looks pretty convincing as a cop even though in some parts you will see him losing the touch of the character but it can be understood once you see him in the movie. Considering that we have seen him in uniform roles before, Akshay’s character is compelling enough and would actually say, it is one of the finest performances.
Rakul Preet Singh plays the role of English teacher and she does a fair job in the limited screen time. At the start, I thought her character was a mere love interest; however, she becomes a pivotal character in the film’s second half.
Sargun Mehta plays the SHO inspector in the movie and much to my delight, she gets a meaty role which is quite refreshing. I was expecting her to be in the background or in not so impactful role but oh boy, I was taken aback by Sargun’s character. She plays the tough no-nonsense cop and she delivers a stellar performance and stands out in the movie.
The supporting cast like Chandrachur Singh, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Shahid Latief and Gurpreet Ghuggi have played their parts quite well.
Ranjit M Tewari, director of Cuttputlli, brings another intense directorial venture with Akshay Kumar after Bell Bottom. He does a fair job in direction and executes well; however, the climax takes away half of my urge to give 4 stars to the movie, maybe because of the screenplay written by Aseem Arrora that seems to be losing in the end. The one thing I wish should have been easily avoided was the songs. They should maintain the intensity of the subject.
Meanwhile, the climax of Cuttputlli was quite intriguing but it seems a bit of a drag as I was losing interest at the end. If kept it to the point and crisped, I’m sure it would not look tedious.
Overall, Akshay Kumar starrer Cuttputlli is a good watch. From the story to Akshay’s performance, the movie looks quite intriguing and hence, I’m going with 3 stars. Moreover, if you like intense thriller dramas or serial killer movies, this can be on your watchlist.
Watch the Cuttputlli trailer after the review: