Cuttputlli it stars Akshay Kumar, Rakulpreet Singh, Sargun Mehta and Chandrachur Singh. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the script of the film is written by Aseem Arora. Cinematography is by Rajeev Ravi, and editing is by Chandan Arora. Julius Packiam composed the background score and the songs were composed by Tanishk Bagchi and Dr Zues. It is a new version of Tamil film. Ratsasan (2018), directed by Ram Kumar.
Produced by Pooja Entertainment, the duration is 134 minutes. The synopsis reads: “A small-town cop hunts down the person behind the serial murders plaguing a quaint town; Will he be able to catch the criminal before he strikes again? I haven’t seen the original, so there won’t be any comparison.
Cuttputlli’s review is spoiler free
At Disney+ Hotstar’s Cuttputlli, a serial killer kills young schoolchildren in Kasauli. The serial killer takes out one of their eyes, badly injures the girls before killing them, leaving their bodies wrapped in plastic. Every time the killer kidnaps a girl, he leaves a gift box for her parents outside the house. The box contains the damaged Cinderella doll face.
We meet Arjan Sethi, who has studied all possible serial killers. Arjan wants to direct a good serial killer movie. However, he discovers that no one understands his vision as a filmmaker. He goes to Kasauli to his sister’s house and becomes a policeman. In his first case, Arjan has to find the serial killer who kidnaps and kills schoolgirls. They are all suspects in the story. Who is the murderer? Will Arjan and the police get their hands on the serial killer?
Movies based on serial killers have a huge fan base, although they can be disturbing at times. If it’s done right, people won’t stop praising the director, the actors, and the entire crew. But if it’s done poorly, viewers will feel like they wasted their time. I felt the latter while watching and after finishing. Cuttputlli.
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The first 30 minutes of Ranjit M Tewari’s film are very random. While I understand Arjan’s introductory part, the entire school sequence with his niece was awkward and a waste of time. The scene was added just to boost the romantic element. Romance isn’t always necessary for crime novels.
The plot turns intriguing as Arjan and the police investigate the murders. But as the story gains momentum, the narrative is hampered by forced humor, romance, and a strange song. Why would the creators think we care about Rakul and Akshay’s romance when the girls are brutally murdered?
The third act of Tewari Cuttputlli it is poorly executed. Everything happens so fast that in the end you feel cheated. Imagine watching a 2 hour movie, and the reveal and motives are explained in 5 minutes. The reveal of the serial killer’s identity and backstory was neither chilling nor shocking.
Akshay Kumar is doing back-to-back movies, and this is his fourth movie of 2022. I liked that Akshay was subtle as cop Arjan Sethi better than his over the top and loud Sooryavanshi. But sometimes he didn’t even bother to finish his lines correctly. She swallowed the words, making the dialogues unclear to hear. Sargun Mehta plays a policeman and he does a good job. The rest of the cast is sadly wasted.
Kasauli is a beautiful place. But through his lens, Rajeev Ravi has captured the lens that gives a sense of despair and anguish. It is the setting that is rightly needed for a police thriller. Sadly, the movie overall is pretty underwhelming.
Cuttputlli Review: Final Thoughts
General, Cuttputlli is an unexciting serial killer movie that will leave you disappointed. Despite having a story available from the original film, Aseem and Ranjit fail to come up with anything good. It’s ironic how the director showed his leading lady struggling to make a good no-nonsense serial killer movie and ended up making the same mistake with the remake. Maybe it’s time to stop making good movies. Perhaps, it’s time for Akshay to slow down and get choosy about his next projects.
Cuttputlli is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
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