What is the story about?
Kuruthi throws the light on Ibrahim aka Ibru (Roshan Mathew), a man who has lost his close ones in a landslide, and is living a life of futility. On a dark night, a cop barging into his house asking for refuge leads to many more reveals and dangers, making Ibru question himself and his own beliefs.
Kuruthi is a film that discusses one of the most burning topics in today’s world - the collision of rebellion and religion. The film tackles this discussion with the use of its streamlined set of characters, where there is no hero and villain - it is just the situations that give options to the audiences to decide who is who. The film’s intense first half sets the stage in superb fashion with its exact handling of its characters, the establishment of the milieu and the ideology behind the actions taken by the characters. The film flies into action mode from the moment Prithviraj enters the screen (pretty late) and moves forward as a home invasion action thriller that has an equal share of brain and brawl. Despite the film’s long-drawn out climax which is also a bit too preachy than what it should be, the aftertaste that it leaves on us is worth the watch.
After Mumbai Police a few years ago, Prithviraj picks up yet another brave and unique role with Kuruthi, that makes it really hard to define what he is actually on screen. The actor carries out his role with a gritty and intense look on his face throughout, doing exactly what the character demands. Roshan Mathew is equally good with a role that takes shape in the right fashion, but the real scene-stealer here is the elderly Mammukoya who pulls off a fantastic performance and takes the best moments in the film for himself. Sringa, who is probably the sole good female character in the film, does a neat job.
Music & Other Departments
Jakes Bejoy is easily one of the heroes of the film, and delivers a fantastic score that ups the ante throughout. Abhinandan Ramanujan’s splendid camerawork is worth the mention as well.
The performances of the cast and the way the film sets itself up is superb.
The climax is stretched, with a lot more dialogue instead of opting for a matured ending.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. Kuruthi is a solid show from Prithviraj, and Prime Video have landed themselves another winner.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. This is a really good thriller that is worth your time.