“Suttu Pidikka Utharavu”… A solid little thriller with a solid twist

Posted on June 14, 2019

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/suttu-pidikka-utharavu-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan

If I say Ramprakash Rayappa has made a major leap as a filmmaker with Suttu Pidikka Utharavu (SPU), it may not sound like much, given that his earlier films were Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum and Pokkiri Raja. They came with interesting premises: the former was a ticking-clock thriller, the latter was a riff on superhero movies (the superpower, here, is yawning). But they were killed by the Kollywood-isms, the need to have songs and comedy and romance. The director doesn’t make that mistake here (should I say, he doesn’t SPU-n-feed you?), and the result is a very watchable thriller that opens with a bank robbery. Sometimes, you get a feel about a film from the very beginning. I got that feel here. Over a black screen featuring the credits, we hear sounds of a bank in business. Tokens are being issued. Transactions are underway. Suddenly, the decibel levels go up, and we get the first image: a man crashing through one of the glass doors.

The ensuing chaos is captured well. The action (choreographed by Dinesh Kasi) moves down the various floors of the building, as the four robbers (in handkerchief-masks) attempt a getaway. They get to the car park, and run into Ibrahim (Mysskin), a cop known for his maverick ways. A shootout ensues, and the action spreads out even further, through the adjacent lanes. Finally, two of the four — the gentle Ashok (Vikranth), the more vicious Selva (the director Susienthiran, in an impressive acting debut) — find themselves contained in a Slum Board neighbourhood, whose tightly packed houses and Lego-like terraces provide innovative opportunities for cinematographer Sujith Sarang. The excellent location shooting imbues SPU with a genuine sense of place. There’s also a genuine sense of danger, with curious commoners trying to catch a glimpse of the excitement (or foolishly braving danger, trying to capture these scenes on their smartphone cameras). It’s a nice, mocking touch for the social-media era.

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