A cop story made with a purpose always attracted audience. And actors who have gone on to don khaki have made it big on silver screen. Combining both is 'Kuttrappirivu', which has made Srikanth and Prithviraj join the long list of heroes who have ventured to police roles.
'Kuttrappirivu', directed by Manmohan, showcases police officers in a different light. Their life style, sacrifice and dedication to excel in their job have been picturised in an elegant manner, though repeated scenes of raw violence frighten the audience.
The director has ensured that the screenplay is racy and crispy. At the same time, one could not avoid the feel that he was inspired heavily by Goutham Vasudev Menon's films like 'Khaakha Khaakha' and 'Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu', which carried a similar theme.
The film, which is the Tamil version of Telugu movie 'Police Police', talks about two cops Ravidass (Srikanth) and Ravikanth (Prithviraj). Their conflicting interests and their missions to achieve big make up the story. The movie boasts of huge star cast that includes Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sanjana, Kadhal Dhandapani among others.
Ravidass is a young and dynamic Assistant Commissionr of Police. A fearless honest cop, he is admired and adored by everyone in the department.
His deputy Ravikanth is extremely opposite to him. He is selfish and greedy. He hires goons and manages to kill ultras and wins accolades from his higher authorities. Also he does a series of murders for personal gains.
Meanwhile a flashback reveals that Ravidass had lost his family due to greedy acts of a senior police officer and hence he takes a vow to come and clean the system and punish evil police officers. He finds out that all is not well with Ravikanth and follows him. They are pitted against each other. Who eventually wins forms the crux.
Srikanth is impressive as a stylish cop. His body language is good. He has managed to give a good performance with stylish outfits. Equally hogging the limelight is Prithviraj. It needs tremendous guts for a frontline actor like a Prithvi to do a negative role. He plays a typical baddie and does come out with one of his best.
Bharani's cinematography is good. The lens has captured the runs and chases' well. Vishwa's music has a couple of melodies. Produced by Green Apple, 'Kuttrappirivu' is an engrossing movie. But a sense of watching a dubbed movie takes away the sheen.