‘Therappu’ movie review: A vengeful tale of death tinged with politics and history turmoil

Screenwriter Murali Gopi, director Ratish Ambat and actor Prithviraj Sukumaran make a lame effort that appears politically intelligent, but without actually taking a stand anywhere

Screenwriter Murali Gopi, director Ratish Ambat and actor Prithviraj Sukumaran make a lame effort that appears politically intelligent, but without actually taking a stand anywhere

History is used in many ways therappu, from pushing a political point to making a few laughs. Screenwriter Murali Gopi and director Ratish Ambat had shown their interest in history and its rewriting in their previous venture. kammarasambhavam, Still, as the film progresses, one realizes that all of these historical references are intended to cover everything the script lacks, which is, at its core, a death-revenge story. Is.

In therappu In addition, much of the history is erased and created by Ram Kumar (Vijay Babu), the owner of a resort chain, who decorates his resorts with historical artifacts, most of which turn out to be fake. His business partner and wife Maithili (Isha Talwar) is not at all happy with his ways. Parameswaran Potty (Saiju Kurup), an old friend of Ram whose business is in slump, comes to the resort with his wife in search of some investment to save their company. With the arrival of Abdullah Marakkar (Prithviraj Sukumaran), some uncomfortable truths from the past come back to haunt Rama.

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Director: Ratish Ambati

Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vijay Babu, Isha Talwar, Saiju Kurup

Much of the film revolves around the events of a few decades back. Apart from a lengthy flashback block, the script keeps returning to events from the early 1990s, which, affecting the present, lead to revenge. While there is no doubt where the film stands in relation to the story of revenge, the same cannot be said of political or historical contexts. The politics here is a mishmash, from Russia to Germany to present-day India, with some commentaries devoted to each. The effort appears to be politically wise, with no stand really taken anywhere.

Parallel to the events at the resort, the script also spends a lot of time showing the preparations for a rally of a right-wing political party. Even the entire song sequence has been shot at the rally. But apart from the presence of the resort caretaker at the rally and further maneuvers by DIG Kalyan (Indrajit Sukumaran), the rally has nothing to do with the main story, and serves only as a distraction.

Some scenes at the resort and in flashbacks are overly dramatic, with some of the characters’ dialogue delivery involved. Towards the end, the film makes a sudden change in tone to a satirical one, but it doesn’t really fit well with the mood till then.

With so many movies churning out on the streaming market, a joke in the industry is about movies that are made quickly within the limited space of a room or a resort, and have no content worth talking about. therappu Comes dangerously close to living up to that joke.

Theerppu is currently playing in theaters