In the film, Kumar's character researches all psychotic serial killers, sitting in his room, trying to understand the mentality and the ideology behind the mind of the criminal. To this end, Kumar's room was designed with a wall that had around over 500 real newspaper clippings.
Speaking about the clippings and the scene, director Ranjit M Tewari said, "Akshay sir's character Arjan Sethi is obsessed with the crime world and the world of serial killing. He starts the journey as a character of a filmmaker in the Punjabi film industry, who is obsessed and has done research over seven to ten years to make a film on the crime world."
Kumar plays Arjan Sethi, a dutiful sub-inspector who takes an oath to keep the people of Kasauli safe by unmasking the killer and decodes the mystery using Arjan's skills to understand the psyche of the murderer. The director added that when they were creating his character's world, the house and setting were very important for the maker to give Akshay Kumar a space in which he feels part of the character Arjan Sethi.
"We just dressed up the entire wall with newspaper cuttings and photographers of real people, so that he gets a feel to it while shooting, that he has lived this life, that he has been part of this life,"said Tewari.
"So we decided to have them from archive, research and websites, find the real images of those times, whether it is Ted Bundy, or Seema Gavit, or Cyanide Mohan, all these people from India as well as from people abroad who are serial killers and real articles and put it up on the wall and when Akshay sir saw it for the first time before shooting, he was so happy with the kind of detailing that went into building the foundation from where he could start shooting the film," he added.
Produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh and Pooja Entertainment, and directed by Ranjit M Tewari, Cuttputli will be available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar from September 2 onwards.