The Kerala High Court has notified the producers of the Malayalam film ‘Kurup’, starring Dulquer Salmaan, which hit theaters on Friday 12 November. However, he refused to suspend the screening of the film.
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by a Kochi resident, claiming that the film would infringe on the privacy of the family of Sukumara Kurup, a fugitive from the law, in whose lifetime the film was made.
The High Court also sent notifications to the Union and state governments, as well as Interpol.
Dulquer Salmaan plays the role of Sukumara Kurup in the film. An NRI, Kurup had allegedly murdered a movie representative, Chacko, who was waiting for a night bus in Karuvatta in the Alappuzha district, after taking him in his Ambassador car.
Later, the car was doused with gasoline and Chacko’s body was also burned. According to the police, the crime was committed to fake Kurup’s death to embezzle insurance money in the amount of Rs 8 lakh.
Chacko’s family had previously provided legal notice to the film’s producers, but his son Jithin later said that he had seen a preview and found no scenes glorifying Kurup.
Jithin was in his mother’s womb when his father was allegedly killed by Kurup, working in conjunction with his driver Ponnappan and his brother-in-law Bhaskara Pillai, who were captured and have served life sentences. Kurup, however, has been on the run since 1984.
The film opened in cinemas around the world with its morning show in Kerala and saw people crowd theaters in large numbers.
Sudhir Menon, a fervent Dulquer Salmaan fan, said after seeing the film at Palakkad: “It is a super success and Dulquer has lived the character of Sukumara Kurup.” His sentiment echoed the opinions that reacted to the film online.
Indrajit Sukumaran, Shine Tom Chacko, Sunny Wayne, and Sobhita Dhulipala also appear in the film along with Dulquer.
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