Cuttputlli Stars Akshay Kumar, Rakulpreet Singh, Sargun Mehta and Chandrachur Singh. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the film is written by Aseem Arora. Rajeev Ravi shot the camera and Chandan Arora edited. Julius Packiam composed the background music and the songs were composed by Tanishk Bagchi and Dr. Zues composed. It is a remake of the Tamil film Ratsasan (2018) directed by Ram Kumar.
Produced by Pooja Entertainment, the running time is 134 minutes. The synopsis reads: “A small-town cop pursues the person behind the serial killings that plague 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 Review contains no spoilers
At Disney+ Hot Stars Cuttputlli, a serial killer kills young school girls in Kasauli. The serial killer removes an eye, severely injuring the girls before killing them, leaving their bodies wrapped in plastic. Whenever the killer kidnaps a girl, they leave a gift box for her parents in front of the house. The box contains the face of the damaged Cinderella doll.
We meet Arjan Sethi, who has dealt with all sorts of serial killers. Arjan wants to direct a good serial killer movie. However, he cannot find anyone who understands his vision as a filmmaker. He goes to his sister in Kasauli and becomes a policeman. In his first case, Arjan must find the serial killer who is kidnapping and killing the young school girls. Everyone is a suspect in the story. who is the killer Will Arjan and the cops get their hands on the serial killer?
Movies based on serial killers have a huge following, even though they can be disturbing at times. If done right, people won’t stop praising the director, the actors, and the entire crew. But if done poorly, viewers will feel that their time has been wasted. I felt the latter while watching and after the end Cuttputlli.
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The first 30 minutes of Ranjit M Tewari’s film is 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 only added to kickstart the romantic element. Crime doesn’t always need romance.
The plot gets intriguing as Arjan and the cops investigate the murders. But as the story picks up steam, the narrative is hampered by forced humor, romance, and an odd song. Why would the creators think we care about Rakul and Akshay’s romance when girls are being brutally murdered?
The Third Act of Tewari Cuttputlli is poorly executed. Everything happens so fast that you end up feeling betrayed. Imagine you are watching a 2 hour film and the revelation and motives are explained in 5 minutes. The revelation of the serial killer’s identity and backstory didn’t induce goosebumps or have any repercussions.
Akshay Kumar is making back-to-back films and this is his fourth film in 2022. I liked Akshay’s subtle performance as cop Arjan Sethi better than his over-the-top and loud one Sooryavanshi. But sometimes he didn’t even bother to finish his lines properly. He would eat up words and make the dialogues incomprehensible. Sargun Mehta plays a cop and does a good job. The rest of the cast is sadly wasted.
Kasauli is a beautiful place. But through his lenses, Rajeev Ravi has captured the alleyways that convey a sense of despair and distress. It’s the setting you rightly need for a crime thriller. Unfortunately, the film as a whole is quite disappointing.
Cuttputlli Review: Final Thoughts
In total, Cuttputlli is a boring serial killer movie that will disappoint you. Although a story from the original film is already available, Aseem and Ranjit fail to create anything good. It’s ironic how the director showed his protagonist struggling to make a good serial killer movie with no nonsense and ended up making the same mistake with the remake. Maybe it’s time to stop remaking good films. Maybe it’s time Akshay slowed down and got choosy about his next projects.
Cuttputlli streaming now on Disney+ Hotstar.
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