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THUPPARIVAALAN (Tamil / 2017) - A stylishly conceived, entertaining investigative thriller inspired from Sherlock Holmes. [TTP (To The Point) Review by Bobby Sing]

26 Dec, 2017 | Movie Reviews / 2017 Releases / Indian Regional language Gems (Other Than Hindi)

Written and directed by Myyskin, THUPPARIVAALAN (meaning Sleuth) is a Tamil detective crime thriller inspired from Arthur Conan Doyle's characters Sherlock Holmes and his friendly assistant Watson (mentioned in its opening credits). Vishal, plays the eccentric, restless detective in the film who is desperately looking for a case when a little boy comes to him reporting a surprising murder of his pet dog with a bullet. The detective takes up the case which eventually leads him to a deadly group of killers operating right in the heart of the city.

Beginning on a shaky note with an over the top narration and casual commercial (romantic) elements added into the storyline, the film actually starts impressing the moment investigations result in some shocking revelations. The cold-heartedly executed killings further make you take a serious note of the proceedings before some henious crimes, a slickly fast paced action and noteworthy background score begins making much more than just a decent impression.

A few sequences truly stand out like the body stored in the fridge, the killers dining together and the unusual murder by lightning executed convincingly by the renowned writer-director. Produced by Vishal, who also plays the lead role of the clever detective, the film features Prasanna (as the assistant) and Anu Emmanuel, Andrea Jeremiah and Vinay in key supporting roles.
In all, it might not be simply outstanding, but a thoroughly entertaining and engrossing investigative drama for the fans of this particular genre for sure, that deserves to be seen once satisfying the grey cells.
Ratings : 3.5 / 5

(Note : The film is available at Amazon Prime with English Subtitles)

Tags : THUPPARIVAALAN (Tamil / 2017) Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Indian Regional Language Gems, Worth Watching Indian Regional Language Films
26 Dec 2017 / Comments ( 10 )
Gobindpreet Singh Gupta

Hi Bobby, you must also see another gem from south-Vikram Vedha. Saw it last night and must say that I was bowled over by it. Although the narrative looks simple and loosely based on the Vikram Betaal, but the story has several layers to it if you think about it after the movie ends.    

Bobby Sing

Dear Gobindpreet,
It seems since you are not connected with me at either FACEBOOK or TWITTER so have missed a lot written there as regular updates on worth watching cinema.
Wrote about VIKRAM VEDHA months back at the time of its release seeing it in theater. And a short writeup will soon be coming at BTC too as i am currently doing a series at FB/Twitter of one worth watching film every day in the last 15 days of 2017.
So do check that out too if possible.


Hi Bobby, watched THUPPARIVAALAN , Really liked the movie... Like Myyskin's other movies i don't miss it. Please watch his other directions,like CHITHIRAM PESUTHADI(2006) ,ANJATHE(2008) , YUDDHAM SEI(2011) , ONAAYUM ATTUKUTTIYUM (2013) , PISASU(2014) etc. Keep watching, keep writing. Take Care.

Bobby Sing

Hi Raneesh,
Glad that you liked the film too. Have noted down the names and would surely try to watch more Myyskin films in the coming days.
Keep Visiting and Writing in.

Gobindpreet Singh Gupta

Dear Bobby, Thank you for the reply. Yes indeed I do not follow you on Twitter or Facebook, hence was unaware. Regards Gobindpreet Singh

Bobby Sing

If possible join me there Gobindpreet as I do keep posting about all the new films seen or more on regular basis.
Or you can check the updates through the Facebook Page advert at the site too at bottom of the right hand coloumn in Desktop version and in the end scrolling down in mobile.
Keep Visiting and Writing in.


Haven't seen this movie Sir. BUT strangely I saw few similarities between its storyline and Feluda stories :

1. A little boy asking for Feluda's help to find his lost bird which unfolds a larger mystery.
2. A person died due to lightening

Bobby Sing

That is interesting Avik. Have read all Feluda Stories published in English but couldnt recall the exact story.
Do let me know which stories have these similarities.


Am not sure Sir if below stories have been translated into English (the second story is a popular one but the first one isn't).. 

1. Napoleon er chithi (Letter from Napoleon) - it starts with a little kid asking for Feluda's help.

2. Royal Bengal Rahasya - one of the protagonists got killed/committed suicide in a jungle..at the climax we get to know that he was struck by lightning while searching for treasure at night and in the process his sword (probably he was carrying it for digging as well as his safety precaution) also get magnetic properties.

Bobby Sing

I have read the second story Avik and may be the first one too long back but cannot recall exactly.
But thanks a lot for connecting the dots and bringing the thoughtful link forward.
Keep exploring like this and sharing it on the site too.

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