KURUP, THE MOVIE; DULQUER’S ATTEMPT TO CONQUER CINEMASCOPE FILMMAKING LEAVES AUDIENCES EMOTIONLESS

KURUP|MALAYALAM MOVIE| REVIEW|

KURUP, THE MOVIE; DULQUER’S ATTEMPT TO CONQUER CINEMASCOPE FILMMAKING LEAVES AUDIENCES EMOTIONLESS

THIS PERIOD MOVIE COMES WITH COMPLETE GRANDEUR; GRAND SETS, STYLE, A GOOD CAST, LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED IN PRODUCTION, BUT FAILS IN ITS EDITING AND COMPOSITION. DQ DOES NOT BECOME KURUP, KURUP BECOMES DQ. 

In one word, Kurup delivers Bollywood style period drama.  It misses a grand opportunity due to poor dialogues, slow pace, and very poor editing.  One has to comment on the incredible production value of the film; the producers leave no stone unturned.  Yet, Kurup fails to climb up in performances and narration.  The film is based on the life of conman Sukumara Kurup, a name that resonates with Malayalis for more than three decades.  Yet, it’s only the title that is alluring till the end.  Our curiosity is not alleviated because of the film, but because of the yearning to know what really happened with the real Kurup, one continues to watch.  The film will run full just for this one reason, people still want to know what’s behind the intrigue over this man Kurup and for DQ’s star value.

There is a stellar tale in ‘Kurup’ that remains untold because what we receive through this film are only visuals clipped together to resemble a movie.  The crispiness of the sari worn by Charlie’s (played by Tovino Thomas) widow is repulsive and goes against the rural poverty-ridden landscape the film attempts to show in the frames and sequences involving her.  Why?

Even if the attempt was to fancy up the movie, why compromise on authenticity?  In fact, the biggest drawback with the grandeur of the movie is that the various cities and landscapes do not reflect the required corresponding variations authentically.  The sets are over the top and the movie’s grading only increases this over the top quality.  The villages and cities lack visual flavour essential to a pleasing cinematic experience.

Dulquer remains Dulquer, we recognize him and his methods in all his movies and he repeats himself once again.  The actor lacks gravitas in his dialogue delivery and intonation.  Can style and glamour make up for lack of method acting in a role like this?  Did we expect more?

Indrajith as the curious police officer plays his role unassumingly.  His is the only character that is restricted in style and focused on all other aspects of characterisation.  Shine Tom Chacko does not shine as the reckless fool, because of a certain stiff attitude that is usually charming on an angry hero. Supporting actors do justice to their roles and bring flavour especially Kurup’s other two accomplices played by Shivajith Padmanabhan and Vijaykumar Prabhakaran. P Balachandran is grave in his cameo and intensifies the drama where it was about to lag. Actors Vijayaraghavan, Tovino and Saiju Kurup are completely wasted in the film, and Shobhita as the heroine only plays her part because of her curly hair.

In many scenes the sets and frames of the film looked like a ‘cut-paste-copy’ straight out of a Bollywood film that won Akshay Kumar his national award.  In essence, the film keeps up one’s curiosity but refuses to entertain.

Rating: 2.5/ 5

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