Streaming on Netflix
When National Award-Winning actor Muhammad Musthafa took up direction, we were not sure what the outcome would be, as not many actor-turned-directors in Malayalam have been very successful. Kappela, however, has a promising cast and crew who have hardly disappointed the audience. Unfortunately, the film could not have a great run at the theatres due to the COVID pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, but now that it’s streaming on Netflix, we can finally watch it.
Jessy (Anna Ben) from Poovarmala is a typical village girl. She is a seamstress for her mother and helps her with her tailor job. One day, she accidentally dials Vishnu’s (Roshan Matthew) number instead of a customer’s. Though she finds him annoying in the beginning, they befriend each other and eventually fall in love. When Jessy’s parents fix her marriage with Benny (Sudhi Koppa), she insists to meet Vishnu. They are almost about to meet up when Roy (Sreenath Bhasi) enters their life. Something that is an endearing love story till then takes an ugly turn and we get to experience something totally unexpected.
Anna Ben’s Jessy is innocent and adorable
The film revolves around Jessy and its an absolute treat to watch Anna Ben portray the character with much conviction. Her innocence is heartwarming and you just cannot avoid adoring her. Be it her wish to see the sea or her innocent smile, everything about her melts your heart. When she falls in love with a man who she hasn’t even met, you feel protective about her.
The ugly twist
All was well until Jessy and Vishnu decide to meet. When Roy enters their lives, our blood boils because we just don’t know what this ruthless, mysterious man is upto. But you somehow get the hint of what is in store. And that is when the ugly twist occurs – things aren’t how they seem to be.
A slice-of-life film with a dark side
The last 30 minutes of the movie keeps you on the edge of your seats and that exactly is one of the main reasons why the movie should not be missed. The plot is not something new, but the unexpected twist reveals the dark side of life, of what people of capable of doing, and of humanity that still prevails in the society. As actors, Roshan, Anna and Sreenath have done a fantastic job in portraying their respective characters. Muhammad Musthafa has given as a well-crafted film which deserves all the praise.
WATCH OR NOT
This one absolutely deserves a watch. The narrative gets uncomfortable with its ugly twist but the take away is something relevant and a total eye-opener for youngsters. Kappela is a stunning movie with brilliant execution and top-notch performances.
Director: Muhammad Musthafa
Writer: Muhammad Musthafa
Cast: Anna Ben, Roshan Mathew, Sreenath Bhasi
Music: Sushin Shyam
Streaming on: Netflix