Hassan In ‘Killer Soup,’ Explained: How Did Thupalli Die?


Senior Inspector Hassan was one character in Killer Soup who fought for justice, at times single-handedly, and he tried his level best to put the real perpetrators behind bars. He knew that he was going against an influential family, and it was not easy to make anybody testify against them or find any sort of evidence that could prove their guilt. It was like finding a needle in the haystack, but still, Hassan kept going ahead, probably because the death of his colleague had affected him in ways he hadn’t imagined. So, let’s find out what made Hassan suspicious of the Shetty family and if he was able to make any sort of breakthrough in the end.

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How did Thupalli die?

At the beginning of Killer Soup, when we saw senior inspector Hassan and his subordinate, Thupalli, take over the case, we got a feeling that he was one of those officers who just looked for ways to close the case and didn’t really want to find the truth. Private Detective Kiran Nadar’s death seemed like an open-and-shut case, and Hassan was discouraging Thupalli to not unnecessarily make conspiracy theories because there were none. Slowly, Thupalli started making discoveries, and he found out that the detective was following Swathi, as he had reason to believe that she had some kind of association with the person who was blackmailing Prabhu. Detective Nadar was right, as Swathi was having an extra-marital affair with Umesh, though she had no clue that behind her back, he was blackmailing her husband. Thupalli followed Swathi, and he found her red-handed when she had gone to Prabhu’s grave to bury the evidence she found at Umesh’s house. Thupalli, the flagbearer of justice, didn’t know what fate had in store for him. He thought that he would arrest Swathi and let truth triumph, but he slipped from the cliff and lost his life.

Why Did Hassan Start Hallucinating About Thupalli?

Swathi’s crime did not come to light, but Thupalli’s death had an adverse impact on Hassan. We didn’t realize that the senior inspector was so close to his subordinate, and it was only after the latter left that we came to know the kind of bond they shared. There was a newfound passion inside Hassan, and he made it his life’s mission to find the culprit and put them behind bars. Hassan’s own department didn’t support him, and he was threatened by his boss that his pension would be cancelled if he kept going after the Shetty family. The Shettys were very influential in and around that area, and they enjoyed a lot of privileges, so to investigate them and question their credibility was something that nobody dared to do. But Hassan was unabashed in his approach, and he didn’t care if he lost his job or pension in the process; the only thing on his mind was to find the person who killed his junior, Thupalli. It was probably Thupalli’s death that fueled him, which was why he started hallucinating in the first place, and this newfound vigor was something that nobody had ever witnessed before. Be it Asha or even his boss, they were all surprised to see him so invested in the case and ready to put everything at stake. Probably, if Thupalli had been alive, he would have never been so invested in the case, but because he lost his partner, Hassan was adamant about finding the truth and getting to the root of the matter.

What did Hassan find out about Swathi?

One strange thing that happened with Hassan in Killer Soup was that he started seeing Thupalli’s ghost, and this was the Macbeth-ish twist that director Abhishek Chaubey might have wanted to incorporate, though personally, I didn’t feel that it added any value to the arc of the character or the depth of the narrative. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Banquo’s ghost could be seen as a personification of fear, guilt, and maybe remorse that Macbeth had inside him after getting his best friend killed., Here, Thupalli showed Hassan the way, often indicating to him if he was on the right path or not. In a way, it could be said that Thupalli’s ghost symbolized Hassan’s conscience, which told him that he shouldn’t give up unless and until the truth came to light. That’s what probably kept Hassan going, and he was finally able to make a breakthrough despite the obstacles that his own department put in his way. He went to the detective’s house, who was hired by Prabhu, and he was able to retrieve the pictures that he had clicked. He found hard-core evidence, but at the end of Killer Soup, it felt like luck favored Swathi way too much, or maybe she was a better strategist at the end of the day. There was a liquid that was probably intentionally placed in the envelope where the photographs were kept, and it got spilled. Before Hassan realized it, the photographs had been spoiled. Lucas had visited Kiran Nadar’s home earlier, and probably it was he who had kept that liquid there as he didn’t want anyone to have access to the photographs. Hassan reached the police station, and he was very eager to show the photographs to his boss, but he found out that he had been tricked as his opponents were a step ahead of him.

Will Hassan stop his investigation?

At the end of Killer Soup, we saw that Hassan was proved right when Umesh confessed to his crimes, but before Hassan could arrest Swathi, she jumped off the cliff, and even Umesh ran away from his captivity and probably committed suicide. I do not think that Hassan is going to stop, as there were a lot of key players who were still out there, and Hassan still didn’t have any kind of evidence against them. Hassan had become obsessed with Swathi’s case because Thupalli’s death affected him in ways that he had not imagined, and now, even if he wanted to, he won’t be able to stop. Hassan was going to retire in a couple of months, but I believe he is going to keep on the investigation even after that, as the crime syndicate was still pretty active, and now Apeksha was at the helm of affairs, and people like Lucas were still roaming free as no one had any sort of evidence against them.

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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