Vikram Prabhu, even though he has played rural characters with dedication, fits well to action-packed roles and this was proved in films like ‘Arima Nambi’ and ‘Ivan Vera Madhiri’.
Director Dinesh Selvaraj, despite making his debut with the less-remembered ‘Naalu Perukku Nallathuna Ethuvum Thappillai’, left his mark as someone who could make crime stories in a gripping manner.
The two have combined together to present us ‘Thuppakki Munai’, an action packed entertainer which revolves around the life of an ‘encounter specialist’.
Birla Bose (Vikram Prabhu) is a police officer, who is hailed in the department as an encounter specialist. He strongly believes that each and every bullet comes with the name of the person it has to kill.
His mother, who is a doctor, and his girlfriend Mythili (Hansika) are upset with his profession and passion. At one point of time, they even walk away from him.
But Birla goes ahead with his job. One day, he is given with the task of of bumping off Azad (Mirchi Sha), a migrant worker from the north who lives in Rameswaram.
Azad is accused of raping and killing a teenage girl. Even as Birla is about to ‘encounter’ him, the operation gets postponed due to a trivial reason.
Soon after that, Birla realises that Azad might not have committed the crime. What he does next? Does he obey the orders of his superiors and kill Azad or hunt for the real criminal?
As said in the intro itself, Vikram Prabhu is solid. Hansika emotes well but fails to score in lip sync. M S Baskar, Mirchi Sha and others perform well.
The film is interesting and racy. However on the flip side, the knots get predictable as the movie progresses and the romantic portions look forced on the audience.
But for these pitfalls, ‘Thuppakki Munai’ is a well-made thriller that is taut and tough. If you are an action lover, you will not regret watching this flick.
Rating: 3 out of 5