[Warning: I have always been a fan of Super Star Suresh Gopi. So this piece of writing might be heavily biased in favor of him.]

Yesterday night, Vimal, Sreejith (there is one more in our year in our college) and I went for the movie Tiger. It has always been a great experience to watch a movie on the releasing date, with all anxiety about getting tickets (well, that is really unnecessary in Chennai. You can get tickets any day for a Malayalam movie.), the response of crowd to every scene (the punch lines and passing comments from crowd were hilarious yesterday).

After a long time, the successful team of Suresh Gopi and Shaji Kailas is coming together in Tiger, an investigative suspense thriller (?). The protagonist is Tiger Chandrashekaran IPS from Crime Branch, given the duty to investigate the murder of a cabinet minister and former IG enacted by Murali, and Suresh Gopi handles the role with perfection. To assist tiger for this case, there is a specially trained officer Sudev (new actor) and Mr. Pothan (Sai Kumar). Besides these three, there are a lot of other actors roped in, with Siddhique and Rajan P Dev teaming up as the bad guys. Another important character in the movie is done by Gopika, who acts as journalist Suhara Ahmed.

Frankly speaking, there is not much suspense in the movie. The villains in the movie were quite obvious from the very beginning, and the director also didn’t try to conceal it. The emphasis is given on powerful dialogues delivered by the protagonist, where he makes scornful remarks about the politicians, the latest steaming issues in Kerala like Hitech city, Express Highway and related topics. Unlike the earlier Suresh Gopi movies, where the villain tries to harm his relatives or friends, Tiger doesn’t bring the personal front of the hero into the movie.

Finally, the only suspense boils down to the identity of the professional killer, and this becomes somewhat obvious at the end. But I should say, this twist in the tale was not expected in the beginning.

I rate Tiger as one of the better movies released this year, and being a fan of Suresh Gopi, I should say it is one of the good movies of him, in the lines of Commissioner and Mafia (not as great as them though) . For the Suresh Gopi fans, it will be a good experience to see him, coming back to his forte, setting aside his ideologies i.e. roaring with a gun in hand. Well done Suresh! For other movie buffs, all you can expect is the basic elements in a Suresh Gopi cop story namely powerful dialogues, corrupt politicians getting embarrassed in front of the public by the hero, some theri and some action. There are some scenes where you feel the director has tried to portray Suresh as a super hero, the scene where he cracks the hotmail password of Gopika being one of them. The funniest part of this is, our man asks her relatives about her conversations to them the day before she gets abducted, and cracks her hotmail account with those ideas. To add more fun, he logs in with the hotmail id, and we get to see the yahoo inbox lol. That was really not needed. Here the director completely underestimates the internet knowledge of an average movie buff. I think the director should have shown much more professionalism than this. Probably they could have used the concept of saved passwords or outlook express there.

Overall, it has been a nice treat, and I heard super star’s next project is named Lanka, where he acts as a black cat commando. In the meanwhile, there is also a serious movie of him directed by Jayaraj getting ready to be released. And the team Suresh Gopi and Shaji Kailas are teaming together for the next investigative story on chintamani murder case. It looks like tiger is going to have a great year.