Oththa Seruppu Size 7

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Oththa Seruppu Size 7
Oththa Seruppu Size 7.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byR. Parthiepan
Produced byR. Parthiepan
Written byR. Parthiepan
StarringR. Parthiepan
Music by
CinematographyRamji
Edited byR. Sudharsan
Production
company
Release date
  • 30 August 2019 (2019-08-30) (Singapore South Asian Film Festival)
  • 20 September 2019 (2019-09-20) (India)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Box office10.5 crore

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 (transl. Single Slipper Size 7), simply known as Oththa Seruppu (transl. Single Slipper), is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language thriller film produced, written and directed by R. Parthiban under the banner Bioscope Film Framers.[1] The film stars Parthiepan himself as the only character. The background score for the film is composed by C. Sathya and the film features only one song, which is composed by Santhosh Narayanan.[2][3] The film entered the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records for having a single person writing, directing, solo acting and producing a film.[4][5][6] It is reported that the film became the thirteenth film in the world with solo act and also the second South Indian film to feature a single actor the first being The Guard (2001 film).[7]

Oththa Seruppu premiered at the Singapore South Asian Film Festival on 30 August 2019.[8][9] The film was released worldwide on 20 September 2019.The film opened to high critical acclaim and rave reviews. The film became a blockbuster and earned 10.5 crores at the box office

Synopsis[edit]

An emotionally unstable murder suspect is questioned by a few police officers.

Plot[edit]

Masilamani (R.Parthiepan) is a suspect in a murder case and cops take him in custody for investigation. The movie starts with a middle-aged Masilamani (Parthiban) being interrogated by police personnel in a police station. The audience gets to hear only the voices of everyone else other than Masilamani. The deputy commissioner is leading the interrogation. Though some other cops in the unit suggest that they better use the typical police interrogation technique (which uses force and human right violation techniques), the deputy commissioner refuses to say that there is already a letter from human rights commission that they will be watching over this investigation. At some point, it becomes clear that Masilamani has a kid who needs medication and even with medication Masilamani's son is expected to live only for a few more years. Masilamani outwits the cops during the interrogation and hence a lady psychologist is brought in to help solve the case. It is revealed that Masilamani's wife is dead and her body is presently held at the mortuary. Eventually, Masilamani starts to confess to not only the one murder he was accused of but also to two more murders; all three of which happened using the same Modus Operandi (MO).

Masilamani during his confession states that he married Usha. They have a kid who is suffering from a terminal disease. His wife started to have affairs. When Masilamani confronted his wife about the affair, she regrets her affair and says that she did it for the money to pay for their son's medical expenses. Masilamani though dejected agrees to live with his wife, provided she changes her way of life. She also blames the men in her affair for forcing her to sleep with them because they have a video of her taking bath and are blackmailing her with her nude video. Masilamani realizing that he won't be able to legally fight these powerful men decides to murder them using a particular MO, which includes leaving a "single slipper of size 7" next to the dead bodies. Usha accidentally finds the other pair of the "single slipper of size 7" and figures out that Masilamani is involved in the serial killing of the men with who she had affairs. In a panic mode, Usha arranges henchman to murder Masilamani. It is also revealed that Usha had affairs not because of blackmail but rather slept with those men willingly. But due to a quirk of fate, Usha gets killed in a road accident, as the henchman escapes (But later it is revealed that henchman was also murdered in the same MO).

Masilamani continues his revenge plot and kills the rest of the men who had an affair with his wife. He always leaves a "single slipper of size 7" next to all the murders. It is revealed that many years back the current head of police personnel helped a powerful minister to get away with murdering his own brother and in the process accidentally left a "single slipper of size 7" next to his dead brother's body. Masilamani knew of the murder and the modus operandi of the murder and even had proof of the murder. Now that Masilamani has committed these three murders in the same MO, he makes a veiled threat that he will reveal the proof of the scandal if he is not released of his crime. He even states that the same MO in all the crimes will suggest that the one who murdered the minister's brother will be the prime suspect in all the subsequent murders. Because a powerful minister and a cop were involved in a murder and the subsequent cover-up, the cops decide to let go of Masilamani for the fear of all truths coming out. The movie ends with Masilamani walking out of the police station, with his son, making peace with his wife's death.

Cast[edit]

Voice cast

Music[edit]

The background score is composed by C. Sathya. The film features only one song, titled "Kulirudha Pulla" which is composed by Santhosh Narayanan, and released on 19 May 2019. The song has lyrics written by Vivek, and it was sung by Sid Sriram, Sangeetha Karuppiah and R. Parthiepan.

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Kulirudha Pulla"VivekSid Sriram, Sangeetha Karuppiah, R. Parthiepan4:58

Marketing[edit]

The first look was released on 8 May 2019, and the making video of the film was released on 9 May 2019. The official trailer of the film was unveiled on 27 May 2019.[10]

Release[edit]

The film was premiered at Singapore South Asian International Film Festival on 30 August 2019.[11][12] The film was released alongside Suriya's Kaappaan.

Reception[edit]

Chennai Vision reviewing it noted, "Oththa Seruppu Size 7 is a rare attempt in Indian cinema. For, the film is written, directed, acted and produced by only one man-R Parthiepan."[13]

Behindwoods rated 3.25/5 and stated that "Oththa Seruppu is a unique and engrossing film that is crafted with cinematic experiments. A must watch for Parthiban's passionate filmmaking!."[14]

Sify rated 3/5 and stated that "Oththa Seruppu Size 7 review: Go for it if you are looking for something new and you will surely love the experience."[15]

Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote "Oththa Seruppu has also got to be one of the wittiest “message movies” ever, for, despite the cover of crime, the narrative is actually about haves and have-nots".[16]

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2019 67th National Film Awards Special Jury Award R. Parthiban Won [17]
2019 67th National Film Awards Sound Mixing Rasul Pookuty Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parthiban's Otha Seruppu official making video". Behindwoods. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ Bureau, N. T. (20 May 2019). "Parthiban's next film is a solo act". News Today | First with the news. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ "R.Parthiban Oththa Seruppu Size 7 to be screened at SAIFF". moviegalleri.net. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  4. ^ "'Oththa Seruppu Size 7' gets Parthiban into two record books". News Today | First with the news. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Parthiban's Oththa Seruppu enters the record books - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (24 August 2019). "Parthiban's OSS 7 enters Asia, India record books". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ The Guard (2001 film)
  8. ^ Bureau, N. T. (6 August 2019). "Parthiban's 'Oththa Seruppu Size 7' all set for international premiere". News Today | First with the news. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  9. ^ Dinamalar (6 August 2019). "சிங்கப்பூர் சர்வதேச திரைப்பட விழாவில் ஒத்த செருப்பு | Otha Seruppu to screen in Singapore film festival". தினமலர் – சினிமா (in Tamil). Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Oththa Seruppu trailer: Parthiban promises an intriguing psychological drama". The Indian Express. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Home Shop 2019, Competition, Screening Oththa Seruppu Size 7". SgSAIFF. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  12. ^ "NT Bureau, Author at News Today | First with the news".
  13. ^ "Oththa Seruppu Size 7 Movie Review {3.25/5}". Chennaivision. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  14. ^ "OTHTHA SERUPPU SIZE 7 MOVIE REVIEW". Behindwoods. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Oththa Seruppu Size 7 review-Engaging & daring!". Sify. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Oththa Seruppu Movie Review: Parthiban stars in a "stunt" film that's barely convincing but very entertaining". FilmCompanion.
  17. ^ "67th National Film Awards: Complete list of winners". The Hindu. 22 March 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 March 2021.

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