Kuruthi (2021) – Movie Review

Kuruthi (Ritual slaughter in English) is a Malayalam-language crime thriller film directed by Manu Warrier. The film is written by Anish Pallayal. It was scheduled to be released in theatres on 13th May 2021 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The film was released through Amazon Prime Video on 11th August 2021.

The film follows Ibrahim (Roshan Matthew), a laborer living in a remote village with his father (Mammukoya) and his younger brother Rasool (Naslen K. Gafoor). Ibrahim has lost his wife and daughter in a traumatic monsoon landslide. Not so long into the film, one night, an injured cop (Murali Gopy) barges into Ibrahim’s house with a prisoner and seeks refuge. Whom the cop is running from? Who is the prisoner? Next, who else knocks on Ibrahim’s door? And, What role do Ibrahim and his family play in all this? forms an engaging tale of unexpected events.

The film’s trailer gives the captivating thriller vibes, and the film delivers it too. At the start, the film begins at a slow pace, one after the other the characters are introduced, some random shots are shown having no connection to each other. But, eventually, the film starts connecting all the dots. And, when all the pieces fall into the right places, the film doesn’t let you take your eyes off the screen. The screenplay of the film is really beautiful. At a high level, the film has a simple home invasion plot, but the fully fleshed characters make it even more interesting. The film talks brilliantly about the philosophy of hate by keeping the religious divisiveness in India at the center of the story. The film is layered, so are its characters. Every character of the film is very well written, and invisible tension in their conflicting thoughts drives the film. The film is raw, intense, and does not hold back while making a solid commentary on the complex topics. The film also casts Prithviraj Sukumaran as Laiq, Srindaa as Sumathi, Shine Tom Chacko as Karim, and Manikandan R Achari as Preman in the prominent roles. And, the solid performances from all of its characters elevates the overall experience.

Verdict : The film is a must-watch for those who like dark crime thrillers.

Rating : 4/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04fky-PdK3A&ab_channel=AmazonPrimeVideoIndia

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