Oru Kuprasidha Payyan review- Tovino is in top form!
The hero needs a pat on his back for choosing a role like this, where there is no scope for any heroics
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 10 November 2018
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan
Tovino Thomas, Nimisha Sajayan, Anu Sithara
In Madhupal’s Oru Kuprasidha Payyan, an innocent youth is framed by the police with a murder charge and the story is about how he faces the situation.
The film begins when Ajayan (Tovino Thomas) single handedly captures a buffalo that is fleeing from the butcher’s knife. Well, that is perhaps one of the few moments in the movie when Tovino becomes a macho hero.
Ajayan, is a timid guy, working in a modest hotel. He is silent and has only a few friends. He is the one usually sent to a nearby catering place where Chembakam (Saranya Ponvannan) makes idli and chutney.
One night Chembakam, who is staying alone in her home, is seen fatally attacked by someone and she dies soon at the hospital. The local police investigates the case for a few months and then the crime branch is entrusted with the investigation. They accuse Ajayan of murder and he is sent to jail.
Then a court room drama ensues, where a totally inexperienced lawyer named Hannah (Nimisha Sajayan) appears for Ajayan.
With a fine idea that has not really been supported by a well-written script, this one is an okay ride that prompts you to look at the watch to see how long it will take to reach the destination, many times in between. The movie leaves us with so many unanswered questions, which we won’t discuss as it will reveal some of the suspense elements.
Tovino Thomas, despite his chiseled body that he shows with only an underwear on in one of the scenes, is playing a character who is totally meek and helpless. The hero needs a pat on his back for choosing a role like this, where there is no scope for any heroics.
The actual leading role is played by Nimisha Sajayan, who is doing the role of a lawyer perhaps inspired by Arshad Warsi’s character in Jolly LLB. She is fine at best here, which is more like a lost opportunity. Anu Sithara, who plays Ajayan’s love interest, has a limited role to play. The rest of the cast have done their parts well.
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan could have been a taut thriller or a smart court room drama, with better writing and more competent packaging. Here the style is particularly old school. Watch it if you don’t mind that.
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan review- Verdict: Watchable