Review | Cuttputlli: A thrilling, riveting experience

The quiet, beautiful, exotic, and lush green valley of Kasauli is struck by gruesome and mysterious murders.

An investigating cop with his prior knowledge of serial killers finds himself unveiling clues and chasing someone who doesn’t have a face, name, motive and whereabouts. ‘Cuttputlli’ is perhaps one of the most gritty, intense and dramatically captured whodunnit thrillers of recent vintage.

The new-age thriller is helmed by Ranjit Tiwari and features Akshay Kumar, Rakul Preet Singh, Sargun Mehta, and Chandrachur Singh in lead roles.

The director has not deviated from his brief and created this thrilling emotional ride, where you don’t want to miss a beat. The film is an adaptation of a South Indian cult classic, but the Hindi adaptation could very well be called a standalone noir-thriller, which is a rarity.

A thriller is as good as its actors, working on little nuances, quick emotions and palpable fear; creating well-defined and detailed, yet conflicted characters, something we haven’t seen very often in Indian Cinema.

Akshay Kumar, a mass star, takes a leap of faith and plays this multi-layered character, which could very well be his finest performance. He keeps shifting gears between being a cop and being human — his character smartly unplugs clues and tracks details to identify the serial killer.

Rakul Preet Singh is just as amazing and navigates her way with subtle emotions and a fine performance. Television star Sargun Mehta is a revelation; she just hits the ball out of the park without any effort. Chandrachur Singh is an established and seasoned actor, the kind of ease he shows on screen is superlative.

This movie delivers a theatrical experience to your home. This is a well-made, well-crafted cinematic experience with outstanding performances. A highly recommended weekend watch! (IANS)

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