An encounter specialist’s success in hunting down and eliminating criminals takes him to the holy city of Rameshwaram, where he will face the biggest threat of his career.
Thuppakki Munai (English: Gun Shot) is a 2018 Tamil action drama film directed by Dinesh Selvaraj and produced by S. Thanu under his production banner V. Creations. The film stars Vikram Prabhu and Hansika Motwaniin the lead roles and M. S. Bhaskar in a pivotal role. Music is composed by L. V. Muthu Ganesh and film edited by Bhuvan Srinivasan. The film released on 14 December 2018 and opened on mixed to negative reviews, critically panning Vikram Prabhu’s unnecessary getups, buildups and looks in the film and the social message which was not properly delivered in this film.
ACP Birla Bose (Vikram Prabhu) is a straightforward cop and ruthless encounter specialist from Mumbai Police Department. Though he has an exceptional record of encounters and strives hard to keep the city crime-free, he gets into trouble with the human rights commission because of his ruthlessness in handling criminals. On one such occasion, Bose is suspended, and this leads to a rift between him and his mother. He also breaks up with his girlfriend Mythili Mohan (Hansika Motwani) because her father (Aadukalam Naren) accuses him of being unstable in his career and personal life.
Bose gets an order from his senior officer and travels to Rameshwaram to investigate the brutal rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl named Manjalnayaki (Abhirami). Bose finds out that the local police has arrested a Bihari Maoist named Aazad (RJ Sha) in connection to the crime. They believe that Bose, an encounter specialist, should kill Aazad after making him confess to the crime. Uyya (M. S. Bhaskar), Manjal’s father, meets Bose and narrates his version of the story. He is the town’s barber and extends his services to Brahmaraja (Vela Ramamoorthy), a businessman who is feared and revered all over the country. On one such fateful day, when Uyya is providing his barber services to Brahmaraja at his house, Brahmaraja’s son and his friends lust after Manjal, who is playing in their premises. The next day, Uyya is thrown off the road from his bike when a car speeds past him. He sees a ribbon flying out of the window at the time. Soon, he finds that Manjal is missing, and a search team is dispatched, but they find only her corpse floating in the river. Uyya is devastated and tries to piece up information like the flying ribbon and a piece of Manjal’s science project found from the same car and realizes that Brahmaraja’s son and his friends are the perpetrators.
After confirming that Uyya is telling the truth and conducting further investigations about Aazad, Bose finds that he is innocent and the local police have framed him just to close the case. However, with the mounting media, public attention and protests, it is not easy for the police department to release Aazad and find the actual perpetrators. While the police department is still contemplating, Brahmaraja learns of the entire situation and wants to divert the attention back to Aazad so that his son will not be accused. He sends his nephew Ganga (Bharath Reddy) and henchmen to beat up and kill Aazad and Bose, who is helping him.
Since Mythili works for the Prime Minister’s office, Bose seeks her help in obtaining a habeas corpus order from the PM’s office for Aazad. It states that all the police departments of the state must hand over Aazad alive to the Chennai supreme court and a tight police security has to be given for Bose and Aazad. Ganga and his henchmen find out about this and try to sabotage Bose’s plan and kill Aazad before he reaches the court, but Bose tricks them and makes Aazad escape in disguise and fights Ganga and his men. Unfortunately, before Bose could escape, Brahmaraja finds him. Meanwhile, Uyya, under Bose’s instructions, secretly goes to the hideout of Brahmaraja’s son and his friends to kill them to avenge Manjal’s death. Bose makes Brahmaraja watch the video of Uyya killing his son. Unable to take it all anymore, Brahmaraja is frustrated at his inability and kills himself.
Aazad successfully reaches the court and seeks custody. Finally, it is revealed that Uyya actually does not kill his daughter’s killers for revenge. He decides to be human and forgives them and makes them confess to their crime to media and police. The four criminals are then arrested. Aazad is freed and goes back to live a peaceful life, thanks to Bose’s decision to be human.