Kasaba movie review: This Mammootty film revives a dangerous trend

Kasaba tells the story of an unruly police officer named Zakriah who ventures to investigate the murder of a couple who were dearest to him

Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Written by Goutham VS | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 9, 2016 8:14 am
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In one scene, superstar Mammootty grabs the belt of a female police officer and says that he is capable of breaking her menstruation cycle if he wants to. Almost immediately, the theatre resounds with testosterone-fuelled whistles and claps. It just shows how a majority of men think in this country and how several filmmakers are gladly catering to their audience’s perverted mindset.

Except for the treatment, Kasaba does not offer anything new. The film offers the Stone Age concept of man being the saviour of hapless creatures called women and a rogue cop who is glorified for not following the law of the land. As for the treatment and craft, the film reminds one of Salman Khan’s blockbuster Dabangg, owing to its rich and attractive frames and striking similarities between the two lead characters.

Kasaba, a name given to suburban police stations in India, tells the story of a police officer Zakriah (Mammootty), who is investigating the murder of a couple very close to his senior officer. Zakriah reaches Kalipuram, a village situated on Kerala and Karnataka’s border, to investigate the murder of his superior’s son and his fiancé.

At Kalipuram, the police officer has to deal with a corrupt politician Paremeshwar Nambiar (Sampath Raj) and his girlfriend Kamla (Varalakshmi Sharthkumar), who run a brothel. The film then becomes a mish-mash of various threads — college activism, power politics, brutalities inside a brothel and an omnipresent Maoist connection. Once the antagonist Nambiar arrives on the screen, no scope is left for unpredictability and excitement in this revenge story.

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The only difference between film’s director-scriptwriter Nithin and his father Renji Panicker’s super-hero police officers is that Nithin’s cops don’t speak long, breathless English dialogues. Other than that, the debutante director stays faithful to the ‘Bharathchandran’ mould of a rebel police officer created by his father, along with Shaji Kailas.

From the opening sequence where a sex worker admires Zakriah’s manliness to how the cop helps Kamla wreck vengeance, the director fails to break free from the framework of chauvinism his father created in his cinema.

Mammootty’s Zakriah is exactly like the role of cops he has played in the past. The actor’s much-admired carefree walk looks clumsy and the signs of ageing cannot be hid by cosmetics any more. Rest of the cast — especially Sampath, Alancier Lopez, Jagadeesh and Varalaxmi — has done justice to their roles. The only song in the movie, an item number, was absurd to say the least.

Kasaba is meant for you only if you are a Mammootty fan or if you want to watch yet another cop-on-a-revenge drama.

(Views expressed by the author are personal.)

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  1. R
    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:34 pm
    Loved the film... The so called double meaning dialogues were used extensively in d film mayamohini. Families made that film a superhit. Didnt see you commenting about this "Dangerous trend"... Y now? Kasaba doesnt hv half d double meaning dialogues dat mayamohini had... Y this hipocracy?
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      Shaheer SM
      Jul 9, 2016 at 10:55 am
      Lol as is like reviewer was honest. If anything it's an attempt to degrade movie nothing else. The reviewer says it's same as his previous police stints, you got the agenda of reviewer right there.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Btw it's a m movie which means it's meant for m lovers and youths. Not for kids and family. Get your facts right.
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        Shaheer SM
        Jul 9, 2016 at 10:29 am
        Well after reading your reviews we understand which category you belong to. You saying it's same as his previous police stints. how clueless you are. And while you're trying to degrade movie just go n Watch movie plays in house fulls even in working days.
        1. S
          Jul 8, 2016 at 6:28 pm
          "Mammootty’s Zakriah is exactly like the role of cops he has pla in the past. The actor’s much-admired carefree walk looks clumsy and the signs of ageing cannot be hid by cosmetics any more"-Hahaha... I think d reviewer z a Mammootty hater! :-D
          1. A
            Jul 8, 2016 at 11:15 am
            Another BS male chauvinistic movie that we don't need!
            1. A
              Anwar Kassim
              Oct 6, 2016 at 8:53 pm
              bad movie
              1. C
                Jul 11, 2016 at 8:56 am
                I don't see any difference between Kasaba trailer and the movie itself. There was no solid storyline.. whatever was there was; was predictable.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; The movie is basically made to compliment the music you have heard in the trailer. The characters... are characterless(why was there a Susan? Her role involves crying at everything she sees.. just for the sake of being a damsel in distress, except there is no distress). Sometimes you wonder what is the point of this movie. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Would like to remind the scriptwriters and directors that gone are the days where men behaved like misogynist pigs and their story lines/sub plots revolve around background music while the hero walks around like he has just come out of a piles operation. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I don't hate Mammootty, I just miss the good old, RESPECTABLE days of his movie choices.
                1. D
                  Jul 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                  I wonder why Mammootty couldn't escape from this kind of a movie. Can't watch with family. It's cl is only a B grade ma movie. No solid story. Vulger scenes and diologs. Waste of time. Shameless act of movie making.
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