- Saw the latest movie, Thupparivaalan (means Detective in Tamil),
yesterday. This is supposed to be modeled after Holmes - in fact, the
opening credits mentions Holmes, Doyle, Jeremy Brett and the Baker
* Though it credits Brett I think the hero (called Kani - played by
Vishal) models himself after Cumberbatch.
* There is only one instance in the movie (which didn't last for more
than 30 seconds) where he uses a team like the BSI.
* Plus there is a character called Malliga who seemed to me is modeled
as a combination of Wiggins & Mrs. Hudson. She's a pickpocket whom
Kani employs as a housekeeper.
I hated the romance angle between Kani & Malliga. At one point it
seemed as if they'd break into a song - that would have been
The story is nothing to write home about. Like all heroes modeled
after Holmes, early on in the movie there are one-two instances where
the famed "observation & deduction" pattern is displayed but forgotten
soon after. Rest of the movie just follows the circular pattern of
clue-analysis-lead with some serendipity and some blunders (by the
villains) thrown in. The long-drawn climax at the Pichavaram forest
frankly, bored me.
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7190460/
The movie is getting some average to good reviews.