''Tirupati'' features talented actor Sudeep in the role of a Police officer for the first time and this aspect had created lot of curiosity about the film.
The film was released nearly twenty weeks after the release Sudeep's successful ''My Autograph' which has become a lone crusader for the Kannada film industry's box office record in the first six months of the year. ''My Autograph'' has not only given a new type of image to Sudeep but has also worked for boosting his confidence as a producer and a first time director.
''Tirupati'' is an out and out action and revenge drama which is in complete contrast to the soft, melodious and touching ''My Autograph''. The film is hard like a rock and emotions are rather high with the characters of the film going on a shouting spree.
The heroine's role in this film has absolutely nothing to offer much and she is only seen in some song sequences. But in ''My Autograph' the characterizations of female characters were as strong as that of the hero.
Despite these contrasts, Tirupati stands out only because of a very high performance of Sudeep who looks every inch like a police officer with a perfect body language and a structured performance.
Director Shivamani contribution can not be undermined because of his fantastic shot composition and the way he introduces the hero and some of the vital characters of the film. The two killing episodes and the hospital sequence have come out very well in the film. Thriller Manju and Ravivarma have excelled in fight compositions, though the length of the fight sequences in the second half could have been curtailed.
It may not be a great film in terms of the story content or any fresh narrative content, but ''Tirupati'' entertains mainly because it maintains a good pace to engage you from the first frame. Despite a large dosage of fights in the second half and some failings here and there, ''Tirupati'' has some exciting things to look into.
The film starts with a strict lady city corporation commissioner being molested and killed by a group of henchman under a Don named Maichel Raj. The incident creates a furor and the Police Chief hands over the investigation to an honest police officer Tirupati who is an ACP.
Tirupati starts investigation and finds out that Maichel Raj who is the kingpin of the whole mafia is none other than his own father Dhanpal. Tirupati's father Dhanpal was a criminal who had ill treated his wife and son and had even abandoned them for money and pleasure. Tirupati developed hatred towards his father from his child hood and even killed his father's boss who tried to molest his mother.
Tirupati uses his intelligence and fighting prowess to take the leaf out of the villains and emerge victorious in every game. .
Sudeep has come out with a lion hearted performance as Police officer Tirupati. Charan Raj has also done well in the villain's role. Director P.N.Sathya demonstrates his acting talents in his role as ''Onte Krishna'. Rangayana Raghu and Ashok Rao have filled in adequately.
Shivamani proves that he is a competent director of action films.
''Tirupati'' is an engaging entertainer which can be a tasty full meal for film fans of action flicks.
(3 / 5) : Good