Plot & Narration
Stunts & BGM
A passable rural entertainer
Karuppan is a one time watchable entertainer which is shouldered by Vijay Sethupathi right from the word go! If you are a commercial movie lover, then Karuppan should be your pick for this festive holidays.
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Tanya, Bobby Simhaa, Pasupathy, Singam Puli, Sharath Lohitashwa, Renuka, Kaveri & others
Cinematography: KA Sakthivel
Editing: VT Vijayan – TS Jay
Art Direction: Lalgudi Ilayaraja
Written & Directed by: Panneer Selvam
Produced by: Shri Saai Raam Creations
Release Date: 29-09-2017
Run Time: 02:18:00
Karuppan is a complete commercial package and relies mainly on the relationship between a husband and wife, with the bitter shades given by Bobby Simhaa. A very similar kind of plot that is usual in the Tamil cinema with a narration as old as it can be and also predictable. The movie completely banks on Vijay Sethupathi and he hasn’t let his role down. He’s kept it in a cultured manner and suits the role to perfection. He gets gradual support from his wife Anbu (Tanya) who plays a brave village wife.
Vijay Sethupathi is known for braveness in his village and gets married to Tanya, sister of Pasupathi, by winning his bull in the Jallikatu. Not aware of Bobby Simhaa’s love on Tanya, Pasupathi bids her in the game and hinders the plot for the revenge. A thin plot and a lengthy narration are the negatives in Karuppan. An innovation is certainly not possible when handling scripts based on village but some more spice and emotions could have made it impactful. A silent Simhaa and a forced villain portrayed by Sharath Lohitashwa could have been little more thoughtful to match Vijay Sethupathi’s grittiness.
The romantic portions by Karuppan and Anbu are the only saving grace and it doesn’t get vulgar, thanks to director Paneer Selvam. Vijay sethupathi and Pasupathi get into heat not knowing that Simhaa plays a game and every one falls into prey and even Tanya misunderstands Vijay Sethupathi and how he wins her back is the remaining plot.
What makes Karuppan predictable is it’s not-so-racy-screenplay. Panneer Selvam is surely a capable person to do so, considering the ability which we have seen in his critically acclaimed ‘Reni Gunta’. Despite Vijay Sethupathi’s mass screen presence and characterization, the supporting actors Pasupathy and Simhaa’s roles weren’t powered to their potential.
Technically, every department has done their job well to fit the genre. A special mention to the stunt choreographer and cinematographer Sakthivel for capturing Vijay Sethupathi’s Jallikattu scenes in a sheer manner! Though Imman’s songs target a specific audience, his BGM work in the film is commendable.
Overall, Karuppan is a watchable entertainer which is shouldered by Vijay Sethupathi right from the word go! If you are a commercial movie lover, then Karuppan should be your pick for this festive holidays.