Kaapa Movie Review | Prithviraj Sukumaran promises a memorable gangster drama that brims with untapped potential
Kaapa Movie Review: Script Analysis
In its opening scenes Kaapa Movie reveals some interesting possibilities. As a routine visit, a policeman enters the home of a young couple with ease and familiarity. Soon, he informs Anand (Asif Al) that Binu (Anna Ben), a policeman, is mistakenly the head of a dangerous gang due to her male-sounding family name and background. Her name is even included in the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA). This law, also known as the “goonda act” due to the colorful stories about her gang’s exploits that are published by a local newspaper, includes her name.
Kotta Madhu does not consider himself a hero. He is cunning, ruthless and merciless in many aspects. Kailas and G R Indu Gopan, whose Shamghumughi story is the source for the script, tried to show his soft side. He is just a man in his family, wife and son, and grieving past mistakes, but only selectively. Latheef, a local journalist, helps the opposing gang. The movie’s core is the conflict between the gangs.
Prithviraj portrays Kotta Madhu, a local gangster with class. Asif Ali’s portrayal of Anand, the determined, but sometimes naive, is another standout performance. Jagadeesh’s role as Jabbar is one to be remembered. Dileesh Pthan’s portrayal of Latheef was perfect. Aparna Balamurali, Kotta Madhu’s partner Prameela, also gave a great performance. Anna Ben was not given much screen time and it would have been better if she had been cast as Binu Trivikraman.
In its opening scenes, Kaapa offers some interesting possibilities. As a routine visit, a policeman enters the home of a young couple with ease and familiarity. Soon, he informs Anand (Asif Al) that Binu (Anna Ben), a policeman, is mistakenly the head of a dangerous gang due to her male-sounding family name and background. Her name is even included in the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA). This law, also known as the goonda Act (Goonda Act), refers to her gang’s exploits.
We first look at Thiruvananthapuram’s underworld through Anand’s eyes. Anand is a young IT engineer who doesn’t know much about the past or what he’s done to his family. Kotta Madhu (Prithviraj) is threatening to not only put her in jail but also to cause harm. The film’s Anand perspective is thrown out the window, but it quickly places Madhu, the gang leader, in the center, making it a typical gang war tale with a late attempt at redemption.
The movie attempts to look deeper into the city’s criminal underworld, but it gives the impression of only skimming the surface and not fully exploring the characters it focused on. Kaapa is a typical gangland drama, despite having a strong story. gangland drama
Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Aparna Balamurali, Asif Ali, Anna Ben
What’s good: There art of plotting multiple stories within the same place and connecting it with the main plot can be seen and well-executed.
What’s the problem: The same main plot which is well-served across every direction ends up being predictable.
OTT Release Date
Netflix will begin streaming ‘Kaapa‘ on January 19.
Kaapa Movie Star Performance
Prithviraj Sukumaran is able to cakewalk these parts right now. He has found his passion and is trying out new techniques. Although I would like to see him experiment more, his performance is good.
Anna Ben deserves more than this, and she’s not given much to showcase the level she is. Asif Ali however gets to showcase his talents through a hilarious part. And so does Aparna Balamurali, who flips over her entire arc in an incredible finale.
Review: Direction, Music
Shaji Kailas, director is convinced that Prithviraj was a lover of hand-to-hand combat. attracts audiences and he incorporates much of it in the film. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the fire. The flashbacks have all the fire that a skilled filmmaker could create.