Mohanlal’s Kanupapa Story Plot & Box Office Prediction
Kanupapa is a Telugu crime-thriller film directed by Priyadarshan, based on a story by Govind Vijayan. The film features Mohanlal, Samuthirakani, Vimala Raman, Anusree, Nedumudi Venu, Mamukkoya, and Arjun Nandakumar in the significant roles. Kanupapa is the Telugu dubbed version of the Malayalam Movie Oppam which is released in 2016 and became a blockbuster hit in Mollywood.
Jayaram (Mohanlal), the blind lift operator at the neighborhood apartment, enjoys the goodwill of one and all and the confidence of, above all, Krishnamoorthy (Nedumudi Venu), a retired judge. Somewhere in an Ooty boarding school, Jayaram is seen as a fatherly figure by Nandini (Baby Meenakshi). It’s not too late before it’s revealed that he is the girl’s guardian looking after her on behalf of Krishnamoorthy, who is keeping a safe distance from the child for a mysterious reason.
Told in parallel is the story of a series of murders that are being investigated by the cops (among them is the smart Anusree). Before long, we have a clue that the murderer Vasudev (played by Samuthirakani) will be upon Krishnamoorthy and, consequentially, Jayaram.
The rest of the film is about who is Nandini and how Jayaram protects her against all odds, including his own handicap. There is no romanticization or degradation in how Jayaram’s blindness is portrayed. He is a self-made man who is well-versed in a martial art (was it Kalaripayattu?), music and knows his surroundings keenly. The way he smells of genius, smells out dangers is intelligently portrayed.
The conversations at places look very unsettling, probably due to a lack of nativity. The bonding between the characters of Mohanlal and Anusree should have been better designed. The run-time could seem stretched to a section of audience.
The characterization of Vasudev (played by Samuthirakani) could have been more convincing, especially because he is a traumatized psychopath.
A crime thriller which is more screenplay-based than story-oriented. Mohanlal’s nuanced portrayal of a blind man takes the cake.
Rating: 3.3 / 5.0