opens in Parwanno, Himachal Pradesh, where two joggers discover the mutilated body of a teenage girl in a public place. Elsewhere, Arjan (Akshay Kumar), an aspiring director is looking for a producer who will support his film debut as he wants to make a movie about a serial killer.
Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, Arjan is forced to abandon his starry dreams. At one point, his sister Seema (Hrishitaa Bhatt) even tells him,
“Raakhi ke din khaaki pehen le.”
With the help of his brother-in-law, Arjan becomes a sub-inspector in Kasauli. Meanwhile, young girls continue to go missing in the quaint town, only to be found mutilated and dead.
Arjan channels his inner desi Sherlock Homes and proposes that there is a serial killer on the prowl. However, his superior SHO Parmar (Sargun Mehta) turns a deaf ear to it. As more corpses continue to pile up, Arjan sets off on a trail to catch the psychopath until a personal loss brings the culprit closer to home.
Director Ranjit M Tewari and writer Aseem Arora borrow heavily from the original Tamil hit (Ratsasan) in terms of the construction of the scenes in
The sequence of events is almost similar and lacks an element of surprise for those who have ever watched Vishnu Vishal’s star.
One of the biggest disappointments of
is its precipitous climax which is also
like ice cream. When
released in 2018, a few critics expressed displeasure with the film’s long running time. Doing
Cuttputli, Tewari tries to smooth out those creases. Unfortunately, it ends up cutting way more than it needs to and skipping over the details and characterization of the main villain, which takes all the fun away.
That said, it also fixes a few flaws of the original. For example, Suzane George’s one-color character, Lakshmi, from
is handled a bit better in the form of SPI Parmar (Sargun Mehta) here.
Akshay Kumar as rookie cop Arjan can jump in the air, throw punches, and even say supposedly funny one-liners. However, his character lacks the shyness displayed by Vishnu Vishal’s Arun Kumar. His emotional scenes also seem weak.
Rakul Preet Singh is a pretty sight on screen as Arjan’s sweetheart. However, she doesn’t have much to explore in her latest role. Sargun Mehta packs a punch as the no-nonsense cop, SHO Parmer.
After Sushmita Sen
AaryaChandrachur Singh makes another screen appearance in
which is efficient in parts and parts. Hrishitaa Bhatt delivers a decent act. The rest of the cast like Seher Bhowmik, Joshua Leclai and others get what is expected of them.
Rajeev Ravi packs thrills with his camera work. The graphic visuals in some places can be a bit overwhelming for the faint-hearted. Chandan Arora does a fair job with his editing skills.
Oh how I missed Ghibran’s haunting background score of
Cuttputli! Instead, we get two forgettable songs (“Saathiya” and “Rabba”) that simply appear as glam props in the narrative.
There is a scene in the movie where two cops are discussing Arjan. One of them says,
“Hain potential Arjan mein. Hain concentrated. Tu dekhna, ek din yeh naam roshan karega.”
Similarly, the movie
also had the potential to be an exciting watch. Instead, Ranjit M Tewari & Co, delivers a gift box containing a bland remake that barely sends a shiver down your spine.