Captain review: Honest and has its heart at the right place

Captain review: Honest and has its heart at the right place


Friday 16 February 2018

Movie Title



Prajesh Sen

Star Cast

Jayasurya, Anu Sithara

Debutant director Prajesh Sen’s Captain narrates the life of former Indian football captain V P Sathyan. Though he was a fabulous footballer on the field, injuries did cut his career short and that led the hero to a state of depression.

Sathyan (Jayasurya) had just one passion in life and that was the game of football. He was a brilliant defender and had led the Kerala team which won the Santosh trophy in 1992, after a gap of 19 years. He played for Kerala Police but had to face some setbacks from certain higher officers during that tenure. He played for other clubs too and became a coach later on.

Though he was the captain of the Indian football team, Sathyan was seriously affected as a result of a nagging leg injury. 

The story is not just about his achievements and tensions on the field, but also about his family. His wife Anitha (Anu Sithara) stood as a pillar of support when he went through difficult times. Their moments together have been handled in a matured way and could leave you with moist eyes as the couple go through emotionally trying times. 

Though one gets the feeling that this could have been worked better in a straightforward format instead of the moving back and forth of time as it is now, this one has some excellent moments. The tension that Sathyan goes through and the pain that his wife suffers as a result, has been shown quite well.

 No two ways about the fact that it is Jayasurya’s sterling performance that takes this film to a different level. He is subtle, intense and amazingly real. It’s one of the finest performances of his career and Anu Sithara ably supports him in the process. She comes up with an impressive show. 

There are good performances from Renji Panicker, Sidhique and Deepak Parambol. 

Captain could have been better but this one has its heart at the right place. Of course, it is more enjoyable if you are aware about Sathyan’s dramatic life. But then, every Malayali should know about this talented footballer, who lived just for the sport. Watch it! 

Captain review: Verdict: Honest and has its heart at the right place.