Kuttrapathirikai

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Kuttrapathirikai
Directed byR. K. Selvamani
Produced byRavi Yadav
StarringRamki
Rahman
Roja
Ramya Krishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyRavi Yadav
Production
company
Yadavalaya Films
Release date
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  • 23 March 2007 (2007-03-23)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Kuttrapathirikai (transl. Charge Sheet) is a 2007 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by R. K. Selvamani. The film stars Ramki and Rahman in the lead roles, while Ramya Krishnan and Roja appear in other pivotal role. The film was produced by Ravi Yadav's Yadavalaya Films, had music scored by Ilaiyaraaja and has late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination and the Sri Lankan civil war as its backdrop. The film began in 1991 and was stuck for thirteen years as the Censor Board refused to allow such a film with a drastic political message to be released, and the film finally released in March 2007 with several cuts.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

A group of people in a van and ambassador car make their way into an apartment building, start shooting at the guard and proceed to kill people inside the apartment including Padmanabha, the EPRLF leader. They then kill the policemen in the check post and proceed.

They are caught by Ramakrishnan (Ramki) and Arun (Rahman). Ramakrishnan also saves Divya (Ramya Krishnan) when she is caught in the chase. When Ramakrishnan questions the leader Sivarasan (Mansoor Ali Khan), he remains silent. Another LTTE member (Rajesh) who was not caught phones Subha Sundaram to release his fellows. Ramakrishnan releases them and they proceed to Sri Lanka.

Divya parks her car in a no parking area and refuses to move the car. When asked by a traffic constable, she shows Ramakrishnan's visiting car. Arun orders to seize the car and also tears up the visiting card when Divya shows it.

Divya complains to Ramakrishnan and asks him to get the car and an apology from Arun. Ramakrishnan convinces Arun to give her car back. Then Ramakrishnan and Divya get married.

One day in a meeting, the DGP (M. N. Nambiar) informs that the state govt may be dismissed, so they have to tighten security in Chennai since ruling party supporters may indulge in violence.

Sivarasan, Dhanu and group of 12 people arrive in a boat from Jaffna to Point Calimere, they are received by the smuggler Shanmugam, who accommodates them. Sivarasan exchanges suitcase of gold biscuits for money. Sivarasan then goes to Subha Sundaram's house to find the photographer. Then Subha introduces Hari babu to Sivarasan. Sivarasan insists Haribabu to take photos of all political party leaders homes, offices etc. and when the latter ask for a reason, Sivarasan says it is for a book to be published worldwide. The DGP informs that Rajiv Gandhi (Anupam Kher) will arrive in Sriperumbudur for an election rally and they must guard him since he is under threat of terrorists. Sivarasan and other LTTE members assemble and plan to kill Rajiv Gandhi during the election rally. They then conduct a mock drill of the assassination and prepare a belt bomb.

Rajiv Gandhi arrives and gives his answers on Ramjanmabhoomi and the Sri Lankan issue to reporters at a press meet. He then garlands Indira Gandhi's statue and arrives at the venue. Dhanu sneaks in as a person to garland Rajiv Gandhi. Arun doesn't allow her since she is not on the list. When Rajiv Gandhi arrives, he lets Dhanu garland him when a female constable stops her and she activates the bomb. Confusion follows after the blast and wires short-circuit due to the impact.

A colleague of Haribabu phones Subha Sundaram that Hari is dead due to the blast. Subha asks him to get Hari's camera saying it is very important.

The riots break out in Chennai city due to Rajiv Gandhi's death and a small hotel owner asks Sivarasan and others to leave due to the tension. They all leave in a Maruthi van. The rioters plan to cut up a DMK flag. But a DMK worker (Chandrasekhar) fights them. Ramakrishnan intervenes and the worker recites poetry saying that they are not weak but they follow their party orders since they believe their party as a family. A voiceover of Muthuvel Karunanidhi is heard saying that at this unfortunate time, people may provoke and try to demoralise the party but they must not lose their hope.

Arun tries to talk with DGP regarding suspension of officers. A Congress leader asks the DGP to release his party men. The DGP says rowdies and goondas are using this situation so they cannot differentiate between rowdy and party members. Arun asks why they have been suspended the Congress leader says they should be dismissed. Arun loses his cool when the Congress leader says police have chickened out and run, Arun says that since there where no party people and only police, common people died. Arun asks whether they knew of the blast before, he storms out and Ramakrishnan follows him. The DGP asks the leader to go away since politicians and police still have respect.

Karthickeyan (Vijayakumar) from (New Delhi) arrives to investigate the case. Sivarasan says they are at a critical stage of their mission and says that the Tamil Nadu coast has come into control of the Indian Navy so they cannot escape via sea. Another LTTE commander (Rajesh) says that Karthickeyan is a competent officer and says that they must not use old contacts and must remain underground till further instructions.

Karthickeyan arrives in Chennai. He tells the officials that they must not believe in a single path to cracking the case. He also says that the Press can divert them by posting rumours. He visits the assassination site and then later in headquarters and asks Ramakrishnan to develop the film from Haribabu's camera. In Thiruthuraipoondi, Shankar gets caught and based on his diary, the officers arrest Nalini's mother, brother and finally Nalini and Murugan. Based on their confessions, they arrest Subha Sundaram and Shanmugham and also find a large cache of weapons in the safe house and beaches.

Meanwhile the hit squad moves to Mysore and lies low as per instructions. Sivarasan says that only one mission is completed. The investigating team gets information of Sivarasan and others hiding in Konakunte near Mysore. They proceed and after a standoff, Sivarasan and Subha commit suicide and also destroy all evidence.

In an ADMK victory celebration of Jayalalithaa, the tigers plan to kill her, but Ramakrishnan recognizes and shoots him. While trying to find out about others, a militant who was disguised as officer kills the militant. Then Ramakrishnan chases him and kills him. The militants then threaten Ramakrishnan that they will kill his wife. Arun goes to Ramakrishnan's home and manages to kill the militant even though he is heavily injured. Another LTTE commander (Rajesh) plans to kill the chief minister through a bomb attached to his police jeep and crash into the CM's car. Ramakrishnan crashes his car and jumps into the sea. In the end, Arun and Geetha are United and Ramakrishnan & Divya have babies and all four are seen on the beach. A militant holding a rifle is shown with the message "No More Violence" in the ending scene.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Production work for the film began in 1991 and it was announced that the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination and the Sri Lankan civil war would be its backdrop.[3] The film was launched in July, 1991 and completed the same during December, 1992.[4]

In December 2006, in a landmark judgement, the Madras High Court dismissed a petition filed on behalf of the Central Board of Censors against an earlier verdict by the court, allowing the screening of the film with an 'A' certificate after certain cuts. The court subsequently directed the board to award an 'A' certificate to the film within four weeks of their judgement. The petition had alleged that the film supported the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Sections of the Tamil Nadu Congress had also taken exception to some scenes in the film. Chief Justice of Madras High Court A. P. Shah and Justice K. Chandru viewed the film and found nothing objectionable in it. R. K. Selvamani revealed that the court had actually said there is no need to delete the portions, which the earlier verdict wanted to be cut. The scenes, which the censors wanted to cut, included the Tigers' training and police officers fleeing the venue, where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6]

Release[edit]

The film won positive reviews after its release in March 2007 with a critic stating "it is an interesting attempt to thread reality and some wonderful domestic drama. The style of the narration and the camera angles are slightly dated. But you cannot hold the director responsible for that."[7] Another critic however described the film as "worn-out".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snip-shot". Indian Express. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Kutrapathrikai Fan Reviews | Tamil Movie | User Reviews | Story | Oneindia.in". Popcorn.oneindia.in. 23 March 2007. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  3. ^ cinesouth. "Dailynews - Liberation of 'Kutrapathrikai' – Selvamani interview". Cinesouth.com. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Yadavalaya Films, Represented By ... vs The Film Certification Appellate ... on 20 March, 2006". Indiankanoon.org. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Film on Rajiv Gandhi assassination wins battle against censors". Monsters and Critics. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  6. ^ Kuttrapathirikai. Gaana.com
  7. ^ "Kuttrapathirikai Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Kuttrapathirikai – Tamil Movie Review". Cinefundas.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2012.

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