Cuttputlli, which is directed by Ranjit M. Tewari of Bell Bottoms, is not a scene-for-scene recreation of the original. However, only a few phrases and a few alterations to the conclusion have been made from the original; otherwise, Ratsasan is still mostly preserved. Without a doubt, if someone has seen the original, they will already know what will happen, and the suspense that keeps people interested in thrillers will be destroyed. Will the presentation atone for that? Actually, no!
But this would be very alluring to others who might not have seen Ratsasan. The movie is about a string of killings that occur in Kasauli, Himachal. While the guy played by Akshay Kumar maintains there is a serial murderer on the loose, people initially reject him but must come to trust him when what he claims is proven to be real. The focus of the movie is if Akshay Kumar can outwit the murderer in the mental game, or if they will succeed.
The song being inserted in the middle of a very serious series of events is a major buzzkill, even though the movie strives for a decent buildup and keeps the pace. It was completely unnecessary. Actually, the entire love storyline involving Akshay Kumar and Rakul Preet Singh appears pointless and uninteresting. It has repeatedly interfered with the movie’s easy flow and made it seem hurried. Now, this loss of interest can occasionally be rather severe in an OTT film.
Among the screenplay revisions, it is heartbreaking to see how misogyny was included into the humour. It’s also noteworthy that misogyny appears in practically every Akshay Kumar movie, to varying degrees.
Tewari’s direction is outstanding. The majority of the writing is under his hands. In fact, the film stretches and drags on too long in the end because the spectator is already aware of how things will turn out. The climax also has some well-made passages.
Akshay Kumar portrays SI Arjan Sethi with credibility. He gives a strong performance, and the pursuit scenes don’t feel out of place. However, there is nothing “hatke” about it, and Akshay performs his part with ease.
Sargun Mehta’s performance stands out, and one can only wish that the director gave her more screen time. Other celebrities, including as Rakul Preet Singh, Chandrachur Singh, and Hrishitaa Bhatt, have been cast in unfinished, poorly written, or too drawn-out parts. Consequently, despite their greatest efforts, their performances fall flat. The most disappointing character is Rakul Preet’s, and we could only wish that the makers had tried harder.
Overall, the movie will be able to keep you interested, but only if you watch it without having seen the original and with an open mind. Although there are a lot of distractions, overall the movie manages to keep its momentum and keep the audience’s interest.