Kuruthi Movie Review Rating: 4/5 stars (four stars)
Star cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Roshan Mathew, Srindaa, Shine Tom Chacko, Murali Gopy and their team.
Director: Manu warrier
What is good: Efforts are needed to choose a conversation as sensitive as religious hatred and then show its evil in a fictional tale that never takes sides. My heart is happy and traumatized. Also, can Roshan Mathew tell us the secret of being the most intriguing actor in a room that Prithviraj also has?
What is bad: The script touches on some fundamental evils of our system, but never advances the conversation about them.
Loo Break: No, you shouldn’t at all. The movie may force you to take a few pauses due to anxiety; use them forever.
To look or not ?: Please do it! I have vouched for good Malayalam cinema in every possible way, and those are the only two words left. For the sake of good acting, story, script, and camera work, check out Kuruthi.
Idiom: Malayalam (with English subtitles)
Available in: Amazon Prime Video
Ibrahim, also known as Ibru, is a man who lives in a small town with the trauma of his past. He lost his daughter and wife in a horrible landslide and is living a life he considers excess. Suddenly one night a knock on the door brings a wounded police officer with a prisoner. A Muslim family is trapped in a house with a Hindu murderer guilty of killing a Muslim. The victim’s son is on a Hindu hunting spree and the night unfolds in his horror as the dynamics change, religious fanaticism takes over and relationships are put to the test. PS: Kuruthi means ‘The Holy Slaughter’.
Kuruthi Movie Review: Script Analysis
Attention, if people who discuss the evils of religious fanaticism are not your thing, come back immediately. I’m not your job, nor is the movie made for you. Kuruthi written by Anish Pallyal is an understanding of the current state of most of our country in a house. Anish writes a story in which two of the most widely spoken religions meet under one roof and their devotion is questioned.
It is not about being human and helping another on the basis of their humanity or lack of it. It is a section that feels that killing people from another clan is the ultimate solution. Pallyal is clearly aware of the fact that fans are highly contested in the movies and get a more meaningful engagement. So it ends by highlighting those who have an iota of humanity in them and how they use it as life flashes in front of their eyes.
To do this, create Ibrahim (Roshan Mathew) and Sumati (Srindaa). A Muslim another Hindu respectively. Sumati loves Ibru, but the latter is not ready to fall in love again, like the last time he was destroyed. When hell breaks loose, Ibru’s humanity evokes and thinks of saving lives regardless of religion. But Sumati is not just a human being, there is also a touch of fanaticism in her. When asked how the murderer can easily kill the man and walk away, she says, “What if your mosque was broken like our temple?” You see her overwhelming surroundings on her, but, a little humanity saves the day.
So are all the characters who are on both sides of the spectrum and follow an ideology. Ibru’s younger brother is a brainwashed young man who hates Hindus because the one who brainwashed him told him so. His character arc is so harrowing that even when he moves his hands after a point, we are scared. The 10 people trapped in that house on the horrible night have their ideologies and motives. But the hardest thing is saving their own lives.
Of course, it’s clearly inner monster exploration in general. Liaq of Prithviraj is a complete monster and knows only revenge. He is the most mysterious character and I will let him be for you. Watch out for the last frame where you know you’ve created a monster and your evil legacy is successfully passed down. We are a by-product of the same thinking.
Kuruthi lacks somewhere. The script touches on issues such as the reserve, the minority, how the majority suffer for it. But only in a scene without really exploring it further. I understand that it is to strengthen the murdered and talk about his motivation, but the conversation definitely deserved more.
Kuruthi Movie Review: Star Performance
Roshan Mathew is one of the best things that has happened to Malayalam cinema. I love his cuteness and how he uses it in his performances. Do you remember in Moothon as Ameer, how shattered he is when he is seen walking away from Akbar? Keep that feeling and imagine that Matthew has it for 2 hours straight.
Prithviraj is a powerhouse, and here he has to stand in front of Mathew, who is in his prime. The actor becomes the monster and, not for a moment, is he the lovable actor we know. His red sneakers symbolize blood and also his eyes that explode in revenge. Srindaa is a talented actor, truly effortless. The change in posture and body language throughout the film in Sumati is visible and commendable.
Kuruthi movie review: direction, music
Let’s first thank Supriya Menon for putting money in the right place. Having influence is one thing, using it for the right cause is another, the latter matters. Director Manu Warrier takes what Anish Pallyal writes to another level. Create a visually chilling world. You can almost call it a horror drama. But the horror we live in
Manu decides to make all these characters have the script but also are not prepared for everything that happens during the night that is shattered. Abhinandan Ramanujam’s camera helps Manu create this spooky world. What looks like a happy, green and vibrant world during the day turns into a gruesome landscape at night. And the camera captures the emotion perfectly.
Jakes Bejoy’s music is perfect and creates the right impact that is needed.
Kuruthi Movie Review: The Last Word
The fact that a mainstream Malayalam superstar is acting in a film as sensitive as this, a brilliant budding actor agrees to be vulnerable, is enough to inform you of the heights the industry is reaching. Kuruthi is a much needed conversation. Look at it to see which side of the spectrum you are on, ask yourself and your position. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
Kuruthi launches on Aug 11, 2021.
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