An excruciatingly slow plot and stale storyline let down good actors.
Karuppan is a 2017 action thriller film written and directed by R. Panneerselvam, starring Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha and Tanya in the leading roles. The film began production during January 2017 and released on September 29,2017
• Vijay Sethupathi as Karuppan
• Tanya as Anbuselvi
• Bobby Simha
• Sharath Lohitashwa
If you were told that Karuppan, Director R Panneerselvam’s latest starring Vijay Sethupathi and Tanya of Brindavanam fame, is a film made in the 1970s, you probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid. That is how recycled the storyline is.
Set in a village, the movie revolves around the life of Jallikattu enthusiast Karuppan played by Vijay. In one bullfighting contest, he meets Maayi (Pasupathy) who promises to let him marry his sister if he manage to tame his bull. What happens next is more predictable than Rajini not dying after taking bullets to the chest in Kabali.
But the scene itself is impressive, as the hero and the bull engage in a staring contest and a battle of wits. In fact, at one point you are not sure if you are rooting for Karuppan or the bull. The graphic animal is just that good. The cinematographer Shakthi can perhaps take credit for the best scene of the film. But in order to win the heroine (like you would win a trophy on sports day), the hero had to come out victorious.
Soon, Maayi’s sister Anbu (Tanya) is married off to Karuppan. But not before we are offered hurried explanations of why she was being treated like an object, and how she suddenly fell in love with the protagonist. Watching this play out is an extremely annoyed Kathir (Bobby Simha) who is in love with Anbu and decides he will do anything to ‘attain her’.
What follows is a plot line that progresses at an excruciatingly slow pace with three songs in the first half to highlight how much in love Karuppan and Anbu are (Just in case you didn’t get the message after the second song). Meanwhile, Kathir plants seeds of trouble, and soon the clash of male egos turns violent.
There just doesn’t seem to have been enough effort spent on fleshing out the story of this family drama. But kudos to the team for giving the heroine a strong character, and Tanya does justice to the role. Vijay Sethupathi shines in the action scenes, which have all been choreographed to display brute strength, but manage to accommodate the actor’s quirks. However, for the versatile actor to have chosen such a done-to-death story is a complete letdown.
D Imman’s music fails to impress, and is often more of a distraction than an addition to the storyline. And the climax, well, the entire theatre knew what it would it be, at least 20 minutes before we got there.
After the production of Naan Thaan Siva was postponed as a result of Thirrupathi Brothers’ financial problems, R. Panneerselvam announced in September 2016 that he would collaborate with Vijay Sethupathi for a film.Produced by A. M. Rathnam, the team approached Keerthy Suresh to play the lead role later that month, but the actress did not sign the project owing to schedule clashes.Ritika Singh was initially signed on to play the lead role, but was later replaced by Lakshmi Menon before production had begun.Lakshmi Menon later pulled out of the film citing an injury and was replaced by Tanya. Bobby Simha agreed to play the antagonist in the film, despite earlier opting to star only in leading roles.
Following a launch event held in December 2016, the team began filming sequences in Theni during January 2017. The motion poster of this film is planned to release on 13 July 2017. Its reported that, due to indefinite strike announced by Film Employees Federation of South India, Karuppan team is waiting to film few portions of the movie.The satellite rights of the film were bagged by Sun TV .
Kaathan, the owner of the bull, which is used in the first look poster has reported that, the producers of this movie has not got his permission to use Komban’s picture (bull’s name is Komban). He has also said that, his Komban has not been tamed by anyone so far and the bull has huge fan following for that reason. Now Kaathan is demanding an unconditional apology for the director, producer and the protagonist.
Karuppan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by D. Imman)
Released 31 August 2017
Genre Feature film soundtrack Length 37:10
Language Tamil Label Sony Music Producer D.Imman
D. Imman chronology
1. Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam
3. Bhaskar Oru Rascal
The soundtrack is composed by D. Imman. The soundtrack consists of 5 songs and 3 karaoke tracks.
Original Track List
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1.”Karuva Karuva Payale” Yugabharathi Shankar Mahadevan, Shashaa Tirupati 4:22
2.”Usure Usure” Yugabharathi Ananya Bhat 4:39
3.”Olaga Vaayaadi” Yugabharathi Benny Dayal 4:32
4.”Azhagazhaga” Yugabharathi Pradeep Kumar 4:42
5.”Murukkumeesa Maama” Yugabharathi Diwakar, Anita Venkat 5:14
6.”Azhagazhaga” Instrumental 4:42
7.”Usure Usure (Karaoke)” Instrumental 4:38
8.”Karuva Karuva Payale (Karaoke)” Instrumental 4:21