Cuttputlli (2022)

The corpse of 15-year-old student Samiksha, who was brutally murdered, is discovered. Arjan Sethi is an aspiring filmmaker who wants to make a film on psychopaths. After multiple rejections from film producers and pressure from his family, he becomes a SI in the Himachal Pradesh Police, with the help of his brother-in-law Narinder Singh, a police officer himself. While Arjan does have a significant rank, he is treated like a rookie, due to lack of police experience. He moves in with his sister Seema, Narinder, and their daughter Payal. Payal gets into trouble in school and asks Arjan for help, so he meets her teacher Divya at school, posing as Payal’s father, though soon exposed. He also befriends Divya’s hearing and speech-impaired niece, Iti.

Meanwhile, Arjan investigates the abduction of a school girl, Amrita. He finds similarities between Samiksha and Amrita’s case, due to the mutilations on a doll found at Amrita’s house. But his attempts to convince his superior officer, SHO Gudiya Parmar, go futile. A few days later, Amrita’s mutilated corpse is found. The coroner suggests that the perpetrator’s modus operandi is the same as Samiksha’s. Over the next few days, another hearing impaired girl named Komal from Divya’s school is abducted and killed. The search leads to Purushottam Tomar, a teacher at the new school Payal is enrolled in. Tomar is a pedophile who forces girls into inapporpriate acts. Payal herself narrowly escapes Purushottam Tomar when Arjan nabs him after getting a tip off from another victim. While trying to get a confession from him on the spot, Arjan discharges his service firearm. Tomar admits to being a sexual predator but denies the murder charges. In a bid to escape, he holds Parmar at gunpoint, but Arjan guns down Tomar.

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Rakul Preet Singh, Joshua LeClair, Chandrachur Singh, Sargun Mehta, Sujith Shankar

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