Thuppakki (English: Gun) is a 2012 Tamil action |adventure thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss. It features Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, along with Vidyut Jamwal, Jayaram, Sathyan, Gautham Kurup and Akshara Gowda in supporting roles.
The film is produced by S. Thanu and features background score and soundtrack composed by Harris Jayaraj with cinematography handled by Santhosh Sivan, who with Thuppakki will introduce the Arri Alexa camera to Indian cinema.
The story revolves around a youngster from a Mumbai-based Tamil family and his decisions he takes after his life undergoes a sudden turn.The film, which commenced production in December 2011 in Mumbai, was released on 13 November 2012, coinciding with the festival of Diwali. The film opened to highly positive reviews from both critics as well as an excellent word of mouth from general audience, many stating that it is one of the best movies of the year.Thuppaki stood on the top of the list the most anticipated films of the year.
Vijay as Jagadish Dhanapal
Kajal Aggarwal as Nisha
Jayaram as V. Ravichandran
Sathyan as Balaji
A. R. Murugadoss (Cameo appearance)
Santhosh Sivan (Cameo appearance)
Harris Jayaraj composed the soundtrack, teaming up with A. R. Murugadoss for the third time.The soundtrack album consist of 7 tracks. The lyrics were written by Na. Muthukumar, Vivega and Madhan Karky, who had written over 35 pallavis for one of the songs.Reports stating that Senegalese American R&B singer Akon would sing the title song of the film were dismissed later. The audio launch event took place on October 11, 2012. Vijay, 7 years after his last attempt at playback singing, and Andrea Jeremiah lent their voices for track titled Google Google, a party number, in the film.
The album received mixed reviews. Sify wrote: "Overall, it is a classy and refreshing album".Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff claimed that the music had "nothing new to offer" and that "except Google Google and the mildly melodious Poi Varavaa, the rest are all oft-heard, and seem a mish-mash of his (Jayaraj's) earlier tunes. Top10cinema stated that each of the songs was "bursting out like a cannon shot".Behindwoods gave 3.5 out of 5 stars and mentioned: "Overall it’s a good album with tracks that you can trust Vijay to add a lot of weight to with his dancing skills". Indiaglitz gave a 3.5 out of 5 star rating but cited: "Lots of ammo getting packed, but needs to fire better".
According to early reports, filming was to commence at Thiruchendur and continue in Mumbai. Supposed to start on November 26, 2011, it began on 5 December in Mumbai.Vijay would appear in a completely different with a different hairstyle as well as a facial makeover.The first schedule that lasted for 35 days was completed by January 2012. The climax featuring a stunt sequence involving Vijay and 60 fighters was shot using nearly 7 cameras towards the end of January. At Linking Road in Bandra, Mumbai, Vijay acted and operated the camera himself for one scene with cinematographer Santosh Sivan's assistance, which had to be taken quickly with the unaware public. Sivan commented that it was shot perfectly and decided to retain it in the film.Sivan further told that a major part of the film was being shot in real locations with hidden cameras.He did not use the usual 35 MM camera to shoot the film, but was said to have exploited the latest Arri digital technology that was introduced in 2011, becoming one of the first persons in the world to make use of the technology.
In March, the unit completed a 10 day shoot in Bangkok for a song sequence featuring Vijay and Kajal. The second schedule started on April 12 in Mumbai. The third schedule was wrapped up in May 2012, following which only two songs were remining, both of which had been scheduled to be shot in Thailand. Vijay met with a minor accident during the shoot and hurt his knee. The shooting was stalled following the incident and the actor left to London to undergo treatment.The team then moved on to Pune for canning three songs.One of the songs was shot atop of a train, constructed by art director Sunil Babu. The dance sequence, choreographed by Shobi, was shot in the Mumbai Pune Expressway.The crew then left for Switzerland to shoot a romantic number on Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal at various locations. The final song shoot took place at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, with which the entire filming was wrapped up.