Rajkamal Films' "Kurudhippunal" is the story of how an honest upright
police official is forced to be in cahoots with a terrorist gang because of
threats to his family and how he ultimately manages to get himself out of the
mess. This film is a remake of a Hindi film, "Drohkaal", which was critically
acclaimed. Drohkaal was made by Govind Nihalani and starred Naseeruddin Shah,
Om Puri, Seema Biswas and Adesh Vidhyarthi (who won the Best Supporting Actor
national award for this film). I havent seen the original and so I am not
qualified to comment on it. But since I had the good fortune to see such a
movie here, I decided that I had to share it with others too.
Firstly, if you are going to expect a laff-a-minute riot comedy or a
film in which the hero and heroine go around trees dancing away, wearing
atrocious colours *Like a Blue Silk attire, in the way the princes in the
stories of the Arabian Nights would have worn :-)*, the hero and heroine crying
out their love in the form of songs, sidekicks to the hero who say "Sooper"
when the hero asks "Aww is it ?", you are terribly off target.
"Kurudhippunal" is a serious film. Extremely serious I must add, and
violent too ! There have been doubts as to whether the amount of violence shown
in the film was required to get the message across. I agree with it to some
extent. Maybe the violence was indeed too much. But then the makers of the
film, Director PC Sriram and Dialogues/Screenplay Kamal Haasan probably felt
that the violence was indeed necessary, something which could be debated upon
till eternity. Kurudhippunal also stars Arjun, Nasser, Gouthami, Geeta,
K Vishwanath, Nizhalgal Ravi and has stunts by Vikram Dharma and
music by Mahesh
The story starts off with "Operation Dhanush", where a couple of cops
are sent to infiltrate the terrorist gang headed by Badri. The main people
behind this plan are Deputy Commissioner of Police, Adhinarayanan (Kamal) and
his friend, Abbas (Arjun, not apna Arjun yaar !), who is also a senior police
official (forget his post). The infiltrators are successful and they give a lot
of information to Adhi and Abbas. But then one of them is found out while
radioing a message and is done to death.
An attempt by the terrorists to sabotage a train is foiled when Kamal
and Arjun arrest Nasser and shoot 'Nizhalgal' Ravi, who were to do the job.
Nasser claims that he was but an accomplice in the crime and doesnt know much
of it. But still he is imprisoned. One of the inspectors is in cahoots with
Nasser & co. So Nasser gets constant info on what the plans are and is also
able to give directions. A Central Minister visits the place for some work and
he is assassinated. This was inspite of the route and plans for the minister
being changed confidentially. But one of the people who was behind the
assassination, a mercenary, is help captive and during his interrogation, he
sees Nasser's photo and identifies him as Badri, the leader of the gang !
Now Nasser starts his game. He first threatens Kamal and asks him to
join his gang. But when Kamal refuses, he shoots Kamal's dog and indicates that
his son is next in line. Kamal is now in a fix for his family is at stake.
Meanwhile during an interrogation session with Nasser, Nasser admits that the
DIG Sreenivasan (played by K Vishwanath, director of many good movies like
Sankarabharanam, Salangai Oli, Sippikkul Muthu, Eeshwar, Paasavalai etc.) was
the mole and he was responsible for leaking out sensitive info to the
militants. Kamal confronts the DIG who admits to doing it but to save his
family. A CBI inquiry is launched but is cut short when the DIG commits
suicide, a rather ghastly scene with the flesh and blood splattering onto the
walls. An attempt is made on Kamal's sons' life. Kamal's insecurity builds and
the scene when he shares his views with Gowthami is really good !
When the threats to his family increase, Kamal is forced to accept
Nasser's conditions and allow him to escape from the prison. Also, a couple of
the militants are to stay at Kamal's place to make sure that he isnt upto any
tricks. Kamal has to agree and so Nasser stage manages an escape. Two militants
also move into Kamal's place. When Arjun comes to know of Nasser's escape, he
asks Kamal about what happened but when Kamal seems to be hiding something, he
gets suspicious. Kamal is asked by Nasser to meet him at his hideout. Arjun
follows Kamal there. But ultimately both of them land up there. The scene when
Arjun finds Kamal there has been very well taken with the correct amount of
emotions. Nasser asks about "Operation Dhanush" and who is in charge of it and
threatens to kill Kamal's family if he wasnt told of "Operation Dhanush". Arjun
intervenes and says that he is in charge. Now Nasser shifts focus to Arjun and
Kamal is let away. Arjun is tortured for a long time but refuses to divulge
anything. Nasser ultimately shoots him.
When he hears of Arjun's death, he resolves to break free from Nasser's
clutches and demands to meet him. Then something goes wrong and he is held
captive. Nasser now tortures him and asks him about "Operation Dhanush".
Kamal's face is ghastly in this scene after the torture, with a couple of teeth
missing and his face repaired beyond recognition ! Kamal refuses to divulge
anything but when Nasser says that he has info on Operation Dhanush, Kamal
looks at Nasser's henchman (who was one of the 2 infiltrators). Nasser realises
that he is the infiltrator and is about to kill him when Kamal intervenes. Then
follows a fight ending in Nasser's death. But by now Nasser's other men are
breaking open the door. Kamal orders the cop-turned-infiltrator to shoot him so
that "Operation Dhanush" wouldnt suffer. He complies and pumps in more bullets
into Kamal than Beant Singh or Satwant Singh did into Indira Gandhi.
On the whole a good movie, good acting by everyone concerned. Kamal is
good as usual. Arjun provides good support and this is probably his best acting
performance to date. Nasser makes a really good villain and is no doubt at the
peak of his acting prowess now. Gowthami, who plays Kamal's wife doesnt have
much acting to do. Geetha (Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal) is Arjun's wife and doesnt
have much work either. The bulk of the acting is done by Kamal and Nasser.
Stunts by Vikram Dharma are good, especially a scene in the railway
station when Kamal leaps between 2 platforms with a train fast approaching.
Music is by Mahesh (Nammavar). Not much work for him, the background score is
hardly noticeable what with such a film going on in the foreground ! Dialogues
by Kamal are good, some of them quite hard hitting. Direcion by PC Sriram is
also good, thus proving that "Meera" (Vikram and Aishwarya) was taken in his
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