CAST & CREW
A police officer is sent to a village to investigate a murder.
Plot: Rajan Zachariaria (Mammootty) is a police officer in the Palakkad district police station. He has been assigned the task to go to a village, Kalipuram, on the border of Karnataka and Kerala. He has to go there and investigate the murder which is imperative to him. The murder Rajan is being sent to investigate, is the son and the fiancé of his senior official. The plot further deepens when the cop has to face a don turned corrupt, noxious, politician, Parmehshwar Nambiar ( Sampath Raj) and his wily girlfriend, Kamala (Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar) who is the mistress of a brothel for prostitutes and she runs it illegally. How does he investigate the murder and make sure that good prevails over evil is what makes the movie an engaging watch.
Analysis: The film directed by Nithin Renji Panicker is the typical police officer drama. The movie sees females treated as nothing more than mere shadows of the men and the theme of a patriarchal society is supported in the movie. The same old story of the cop treated as the savior of the helpless females and who follows his own way rather than the codified ways of the society make the movie quite predictable. Prostitution is something that is quite common throughout the length of the film. ‘ Kasaba’ links various aspects of college politics, activism and, atrocities in the brothels. Overall,nothing very outstanding or exceptional to look forward to in the film.
Star Performances: Mammootty is the quintessential strong cop who has women wooing him and falling for him, however, rude he might behave. As an actor Mammootty has already portrayed roles of police officers previously and he is one loved cop by the people. The director plays safe by casting Mammootty for the role.
What’s There: There is a strong performance by the lead actor, Mammootty. By the standard of a debut, the director deserves praise for his work.
What’s Not There: The story is weak and predictable. The women are not treated in a healthy manner. The movie has nothing exceptionally good or new to offer.
Verdict: ‘Kasaba’ is a movie where the director rests the stakes only on the performance of the actors. If one is tolerable for obscene language and violence or if one is a huge Mammootty fan, the film can be watched on the big screen; if not, then this one can be missed without regrets.
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