Kappiri Thuruthu is basically a peek into the life in Kochi during the period when the British ruled roost.It is an attempt to give a realistic portrayal of the life in an era that is far removed from our times.In a sense it is an attempt that can be deemed audacious. It is a musical journey and by through the life story of H Mehaboob, the film makes us see a part of the history of the city as well. When music, celebrations and fights dominated the landscape of Kochi and when Jews were under the control of British.
The colonial and postcolonial life of Kochites and the importance that the Jewish community hogged during their heydays. Life was rich those times with its myriad hues. Art and artistes occupied a pride of a place in cultural life of Kochi. Before the advent of breakneck paced life things were on a different dimension. Kaappiri Thuruth is exhaustive and intense in the portrayal of a life of a different hue. Even though it is generally sedately paced the script has enough engaging elements to provide a wholesome experience. Performances are top notch with Siddique hogging the limelight, while Adhil Ibrahim has delivered a performance of real panache. Pearle Maaney is a revelation and she has put in a competent performance.
Indrans, Sunil Sugatha, Sreekumar, Shivaji Guruvayoor, Kanaran Harish, Rajesh Sharma etc have made their mark with polished performances. Saheer Ali had done a commendable job as a writer and director. He is in his elements and doesn’t allow the proceedings to veer of the course. He has successfully managed to create that specific period and convincing the audience about each and every situation in the plot. He established the characters brilliantly and then made the audience to sail forward with the plot. The DOP Praveen Chakrapani has managed to create fabulous frames and that sets the tone for the movie. The music directors, Rafeeq Yusuf and Madhu Paul, have created mellifluous tunes, while Sai Suresh has done a creditable editing job. As a whole, Kappiri Thuruthu is a different cinematic experience which keeps the viewer hooked.
The way the plot is presented the story and the elements like love, music, agony and the fight for survival are mixed up and it was just beautiful and it was like watching a part of the history of Kochi unfolding before our eyes. The selection of events portrayed in the movie also deserves kudos and the director was in control over the proceedings right from the start. Kappiri Thuruthu keeps a tight leash throughout and leaves a strong impression in the mind.