Verdict: Riveting and intriguing with stellar performances; a thriller that keeps you at the edge of the seat.

Directed by Madhupal, Oru Kuprasidha Payyan is a crime thriller with Tovino Thomas as the protagonist. Produced under the banner V Cinemas, the film also stars Nimisha Sajayan, Anu Sithara, Nedumudi Venu, Suresh Kumar, Saranya Ponnvannan, Alencier, Balu Varghese and Sujith Sankar among many others.

What’s Oru Kuprasidha Payyan About:

The film revolves around Ajayan (Tovino Thomas), an orphan whpo works in a restaurant in Vaikom. He is emotionally very insecure and longs for a companion. Chempakambal (Saranya Ponnvannan), who serves as a caterer to the restaurant, is a loner and understands Ajayan. She treats him like her own son and they develop a very beautiful bond with each other. One night, the neighborhood wakes up to Chembakam’s screams. She is brutally attacked by someone who eventually kills her. The local police interrogate many, including Ajayan, but the case remains a mystery. Due to public demand, the Crime Branch takes it up and after a few weeks of interrogation, Ajayan is declared as the murderer. Since he has no one to represent him legally, the court appoints Hannah (Nimisha Sajayan) to handle his defense. With the help of Bharathettan (Siddique) Hannah, a newbie lawyer takes up the case and fights to prove that Ajayan is innocent. Is Ajayan actually innocent? If yes, will Hannah be able to find him justice? The second half of the film is all about Hannah’s struggles and Ajayan’s helplessness.

What Works:

Oru Kuprasidha Payyan is extremely engaging from beginning till the end. A murder mystery and courtroom drama are not new to the Malayalee audience but the way Madhupal has handled it is indeed refreshing. The makers have studied the subject really well and that is clearly visible in the arguments and counters in the courtroom. Jeevan Job Thomas’ screenplay is par excellence and some dialogues are truly befitting. The performances are extremely compelling, strong and satisfying. Nimisha Sajayan’s transition as a clueless lawyer to a confident one deserves an applause and she probably has one of the best roles in the movie. Tovino excels as an insecure, innocent and helpless person with a troubled background. He has shown his mettle in handling roles outside his comfort zone. Ouseppachan’s music and Sreekumaran Thampi’s lyrics complement each other as well as the movie. Noushad Shereef’s cinematography is worth a mention too.
The movie deals with many aspects in the society quite beautifully – insecurities, egos, true love, humanity, honor killings, lives in prison, torturous police stations and the helplessness of crime accused. Oru Kuprasidha Payyan has some intense scenes that could well you up. Overall, Madhupal has proved yet again that he is a filmmaker worth waiting for.

What Could Have Been Better:

Honestly, the movie is so engaging that you would ignore the flaws if any.

Why You Should Watch the Movie:

Oru Kuprasidha Payyan is a socially relevant film that reflects the society we live in. It has stellar performances, beautiful dialogues and is well crafted. Go watch it to experience the beauty of Malayalam cinema.