Thuppakki Review – Whopping Nonsense

I’ve got to hand it to Joseph Vijay and A.R.Murugadoss, the malefactors behind the thoroughly unwatchable Thuppakki.

Say what you will but these two cheaptains of Tamil cinema have a bizarre sense of humor.

After launching a vicious sleeper cell attack against the Indian Army and making the force look like a bunch of buffoons, they dedicated the movie to the brave men of the Indian Army at the end!

I walked out guffawing all the way to the parking lot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Poor Politician – Vijay

Before I get to the review, yours truly has a question for all ye Vijay fans.

If Vijay has such a hard time selecting a good script, then how the hell is he going to navigate the tortuous route of providing salvation for 72 million Tamils as a politician.

Makes me shudder in fear at what lies ahead for Tamil Nadu should Vijay become Cheap Minister of the state in 2020!

Or did Joseph Vijay betray the affection of his countless fans for a few silver coins.

Me, I’m voting for M.K.Stalin!

End to End Nonsense

The central architect of this hard endurance test a.k.a Thuppakki is A.R.Murugadoss.

Besides directing the abomination, Murugadoss also proudly takes credit for the story, screenplay and dialogs.

And if these old eyes are not playing tricks, Murugadoss even appeared in a cameo.

Guys, I hate to ruin your Diwali but Thuppakki is one of the crudest Tamil movies to see the light of the day in recent years.

Barring a few scenes featuring Vijay, everything about this travesty of a film screams amateur, amateur, amateur.

At its core, the crudefest is about an Army Captain Jagadish (Vijay) taking out a Jihadist terrorist sleeper cell and its mastermind in Mumbai.

No sooner does Jagadish’s train arrive in Mumbai from Jammu, then our hero is whisked off to see a pretty girl, Nisha (Kajal Agarwal), for marriage.

The Romantic angle is a No-Yes-No-Yes, poorly developed, silly side story to the sleeper-cell Jihadist terrorist angle.

Before long, our Army Captain Jagadish is nabbing a terrorist who’s bombed a Mumbai city bus killing several people.

In short order, Jagadish and his army buddies kill 12 more terrorists in cold-blood even as the Mumbai policeย represented by the hero’s clownish Sub-Inspector (Sathyan) friend plays passive by-stander.

Terrorists in the Closet

Thuppakki’s script is so asinine that we have to endure the nonsense of Jagadish repeatedly bringing terrorists to his home, hiding them in his closet, chopping off their fingers and torturing them in other gruesome ways without his parents and sisters in adjacent rooms or the Mumbai police being aware of his activities.

Mercifully for our sanity, the enraged terrorist mastermind (Vidyut Jamwal) finally arrives by sea from Gulmarg to Mumbai and he too is dispatched by our heroic Captain Jagadish in the Arabian Sea for his tryst with 64 virgins in heaven!

Vidyut Jamwal’s role is poorly etched out, which turned out to be a blessing since he’s not exactly a torrent of acting skills.

The stunt scenes are so ridiculous that in one scene we have Vijay’s character Jagadish repairing his fractured arm and leg on a ship by first grimacing, then twisting his limbs around and finally beating the villain to a pulp.

Clueless Kajal

Murugadoss’s script has Kajal Agarwal playing a whacko most of the time.

Handicapped as the girl is with limited acting and dancing skills, Kajal Agarwal dances like a drunken monkey in the Google, Google Panni Parthen song.

Besides making Nisha behave like an escapee from the local asylum, Murugadoss has the girl boxing, running and playing basketball, volleyball, tennis, climbing walls into houses etc.

Awful Comedy

Thuppakki has an army officer (Malayalam actor Jayaram) and a Mumbai Police Sub Inspector (Sathyan) trying to provide comic relief.

All I can say is that the end-result of the two comic attempts turned out to be insufferable.

Hookers and porn stars are brought in and sneeringly referred to as “matter” in a crude, vain effort to raise some laughs.

Jayaram’s character is a senior army officer who attempts to woo Nisha in ways that make Vadivelu’s simian antics seem sober in comparison.

Sathyan’s role as a clownish Mumbai Police Sub Inspector is a gross insult to the hundreds of efficient and daring policemen in the metropolis.

Mediocre Music

Thuppakki’s music is of a piece with the rest of this quarter-baked movie.


The picturization of every song including Google, Google Panni Parthen is so shoddy that they beggar belief.

Believe me, the last song Vennilave is a sure-fire remedy for insomnia.

Restless Audience

At a theatre on the U.S. East Coast, the audience was frequently restless.

Several members of the audience were seen walking out and in suggesting they were not engaged with the film.

Who can blame these poor souls given the ugly, crude spectacle unfolding on the screen?

Folks, Thuppakki achieves the impossible – It’s a million times worse than Vijay’s 2008 epic disaster Kuruvi. strongly recommends you remove Thuppakki from yourย list of Diwali treats.

Thuppakki is a dark chapter in Tamil cinema.

19 Responses to "Thuppakki Review – Whopping Nonsense"

  1. Mnx542   November 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Exactly as expected.

    Thuppaki trailer had garbage written all over it.

    No surprise the movie turned out to be exactly that.

    I’m not gonna bother watching the movie.

    Btw, how was Vijay? He was hardly convincing in the trailer. Responds:

    You write: Btw, how was Vijay?

    In a movie so bad, it matters little how Vijay’s performance turned out to be.

    Even Vijay looked comical in some scenes.

    It requires extraordinary talent to make a movie this rotten.

    • Mnx542   November 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

      “In a movie so bad, it matters little how Vijayโ€™s performance turned out to be.

      Even Vijay looked comical in some scenes.”

      So are u implying that Vijay was good except for the few scenes he looked comical?

      Btw, I don’t think I’m gonna watch it in the theater.

      You said “barring a few scenes featuring Vijay, rest of the movie was amateur”,.. what scenes? Responds:

      1. You write: Btw, I don’t think I’m gonna watch it in the theater.

      Thuppakki is not worth watching anywhere.

      Not in theatre, Not on TV, Not on PC, Not on laptop.

      2. Vijay’s dance moves were not bad.

      Second, where the humor centers around Vijay’s dialogs, he has an endearing expression. Almost likeable!

      Acting is not completely foreign to Vijay, like with Kajal, Ajith etc. (But I’d say Kajal is a little better than Ajith in the acting department plus a few other departments.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      If Vijay looked good, it was merely because he was surrounded completely by buffoons in Thuppakki.

    • Mnx542   November 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

      “It requires extraordinary talent to make a movie this rotten.”

      Our film makers, most of them at least, are born with such talent ๐Ÿ˜›

      Was this even worse than 7th sense? Responds:

      You write: Was this even worse than 7th sense?

      Smart as I am, I’m not smart enough to contrast different turd-piles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Since 7th Sense happened 13 months back, the stench has receded considerably but with Thuppakki just 2-days old and the experience still fresh in my mind I find the stench overpowering. ๐Ÿ™

      Bottom line, Thuppakki is rotten to the core.

      BTW, what’s the response like for this junk in the great Tamil Nadu?

      • Mnx542   November 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

        “BTW, whatโ€™s the response like for this junk in the great Tamil Nadu?”

        No marks for guessing the right answer ๐Ÿ˜›

        A lot of people (apart from Vijay fans) are raving about the movie.

        But no, I’m never going to fall for it. Responds:

        Unbelievable that the Tamil masses should have such horrendous taste.

        But I remain a bit skeptical.

        If the movie were really going gangbusters why would they get a silly endorsement from Rajinikanth that he had seen it twice and the film was fantastic.

        The Rajini claim hardly seems credible.

  2. mancunian11   November 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but we should know before walking into a movie whether to expect a timepass movie or a 100% logical movie… Responds:

    Going by the audience response, Thuppakki is Boring.

    During the Vennilavae song, a bunch of people got up, walked out and never returned.

  3. adithya   November 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Movie is good……

    I think u don’t like Vijay that’s why you always write negative reviews for Vijay movies even though if it is good film…. Responds:

    1. Good lord, I really don’t think you ought to start drinking so early in the day.

    2. You write: Movie is good……

    For monkeys, anything yellow looks good. Reminds them of a Banana.

    Likewise, for clowns anything with the name “Vijay” looks good even if it’s a brand of cow-dung! ๐Ÿ™ is for thinking minds with good taste.

    Keep moving!

  4. rakeshbaba   November 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm
    forget thupakki,wat do u think about this new rahman song from new mani ratnam movie “kadal”????? Responds:

    Good as Rahman is, SI’s favorite is the peerless Ennio Morricone.

    Here’s a sample from Ennio Morricone:

    * Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, the Bad, the Ugly) –

    * For a Few Dollars More –

    * A Fistful of Dollars –

    * Man with a Harmonica – Once Upon a Time in the West –

    * A, Lydia Lydia From Scusi, Facciamo l’Amore –

    * Trio Infernale –

    * For love one can die –

    * Ennio Morricone Receiving Honorary Oscar from Clint Eastwood –

  5. Dr.Logu   November 15, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I watched that Nenjukulle song..

    I really wonder what’s so special in that song as people keep showering praise on it in every possible social networking site.

    Why do people go ooh-aah even when they hear of Rahman?? Some of his ordinary works have become a hit just because of these people.. Responds:

    I suspect the industry is behind these hype tactics.

    Some fans blindly fall for these tricks.

  6. kzlieksie   November 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    lol. This is why we have banned all vijay movies in our home.

    15 years back i didn’t realize what an evil Chandrasekar would unleash.

    This guy is one of the most intolerable actors Tamil cinema has ever produced.

    Can’t believe this idiot has so many fans. Responds:

    In Mera Bharat Mahaan, it’s the idiots and buffoons and whackos with the fan-base.

    Thuppakki is an unwatchable horror-show!

  7. Naveen   November 16, 2012 at 2:46 am

    The reason why Thuppakki will be a superhit. Responds:

    I just read this five-minutes back.

    Was Rajinikanth among the buyers? ๐Ÿ˜‰ –

    Thuppakki is such a disgustingly bad movie that it’s hard to sit through the movie while sober. ๐Ÿ™

  8. boopalanj   November 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    [Deleted as it’s not relevant for others to read] Responds:

    I will send you an e-mail in a few minutes explaining what’s happening.

  9. Hari - Senior   November 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I’m back after a long time indeed!

    SI, are you still the same old person from a couple of years ago? I’m talking about the ‘Asha Tampa’ era so to speak!

    Watched this movie recently and it was downright amateurish. When are Indian filmmakers (especially our fellow Tamilians) ever going to learn better “execution” when it comes to film making?

    Probably never.

    Maybe if the masses suddenly woke up from their trance and, as SI would say, showed the middle finger to every garbage of a movie that comes out, it might cause the directors to try harder. Responds:

    You write: SI, are you still the same old person from a couple of years ago?

    Even if I were the same person from a couple of years ago, I’d be a different person now, wouldn’t I? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Quรฉ pasa, Hermano?

    Media reports have it that the piece of junk Thuppakki is a big hit.

    So the only middle finger, it seems, is the one that eager Tamil movie fans are shoving up their own backsides in ecstasy over this garbage. ๐Ÿ™

    • boopalanj   November 24, 2012 at 12:51 am

      The only good actor I saw in the movie was Jayaram.

      But these clowns projected him like a clown, yet he did it well. Responds:

      The moral of the lesson is crappier the movie the better it sells with the Tamil audience.

      • Mnx542   November 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

        “The only good actor I saw in the movie was Jayaram.”

        If you have seen some of his Malayalam movies like Manasinakkare, you would wonder why he chooses such roles in Tamil where he’s mostly portrayed as a clown.

        Although not in the same league as Mohan Lal or Mammootty, Jayram is a decent actor.

      • boopalanj   November 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Back in the days, I liked ramana, the second film directed by murugadoss. I thought it was comparatively well thought through on its script, a huge improvement the director had shown over his first film dheena.

        I had hoped he would only improve.

        But ghajini, Stalin, 7am arivu, and finally thuppaki proved otherwise. He’s travelling backwards with his time machine.

        None of the romance scenes seemed real. They were ‘dry’.

        Any comedy Track that gets ‘injected’ into the stream of story unnecessary makes the whole script weak. Jayaram’s scenes exactly did that. For really hilarious scenes, It should be like say 50-50 movie.

        Villain goes to the church merely with a clue that all the shooters wore suits. And what the fuck local policemen were doing without even thinking of it, however monumentally stupid it may be. And our hero gets reminded of that flaw only when he is about to kiss his girl relating it to the kiss that happened in the marriage and then the attire that they all had on. Is there no limit to being nonsensical?

        And our army captain jagadish uses a search / sniffer dog method to find out the place where his sister and other girls were kept. ๐Ÿ™ with search dog’s limited area of effectiveness and thinking about how many search dog mechanisms yield negative results in real life, this technique in the movie is not even close to being little sensible. Responds:

        Crappy as we/few think Thuppakki is, efforts are already on to remake it in Hindi with Akshay Kumar in the lead.

        Just when we thought Bollywood (Hindi films) couldn’t get worse, they started remaking South Indian films pushing them completely into the gutter.

        But if the gutter is where the majority of the Indian movie audience wishes to wallow in, if the filth of the gutter is what gives them the greatest joy, the ultimate Nirvana then who are we to stand in the way.

        • gandhiji   November 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

          Each one vijay’s techniques was dubious.

          I thought kajal’s acting has improved a little.

          But her character was unnecessary..

          But so was the whole movie.

          Unlike SI, i can differentiate between trash..

          This trash was definitely not the worst.


          I found the whole movie utterly silly.

          Apparently, Indian audiences love such garbage because they’re remaking Thuppaki in Hindi with that Bollywood family man liquor peddler

  10. gandhiji   November 28, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I watched it with rockbottom expectations.

    Felt that it was better than kuruvi.. From whatever little i remember of that P.O.S.

    Definitely missable, though.

  11. kayjay   December 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    First & foremost I wud say Vijay has done justice to his stylish army role in Thuppaki.

    His mannerisms and acting have improved tremendously 4rom his previous disaster masala films.

    Kudos 2 vjay 4 collaborating with ace director ARM.

    I truly hope critics & viewers alike will applaud & appreciate his efforts in this spectacular Diwali treat! Responds:

    Did you forget your medications today? ๐Ÿ™

  12. kayjay   December 24, 2012 at 1:22 am

    LOL.I am in the pink of health.

    It’s ridiculous how u ppl r responding to comments! Responds:

    In the name of our Lord and Messiah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and in the charitable spirit of Christmas, I have started an urgent collection fund for your treatment.

    But I suspect no treatment will be effective in your case since your brain has completely atrophied.

    After all, you’ve described the thief and jackass A.R.Murugadoss as “Ace Director,” Thandavam as crisp and slick, Thuppaki as “spectacular” and Billa as a “great action-thriller.”

    I suppose if you watched Enthiran, you’d run out of adjectives and hyperboles and completely wet your jetties.

    It’s high time I set a minimum IQ-level for commenters. ๐Ÿ™

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