“Abrahaminte Santhathikal”… Mammootty stars in a thriller that becomes a drama, but is always a shrine to the star

Posted on June 25, 2018

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Spoilers ahead…

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What’s it with movie psychopaths and black raincoats? Is it a uniform? If someone rebelled and wore bottle green or pink, would he instantly be shunned by his axe-wielding brethren? And why is it always pouring when he sets out with his weapon of choice? Shaji Padoor’s Abrahaminte Santhathikal (Abraham’s Descendants), starring Mammootty as ASP Derick, tells us that the noise covers the victims’ screams, plus the downpour washes away the killer’s tracks. But isn’t there a killer who remembers what his mommy in the basement used to say, that stepping out in the rain means he’ll catch his death? And why does it always have to be at night? For a change, couldn’t we have a killer who is a morning person, who likes to get in early, fresh from a few cups of coffee, and finish off his work before rush hour? After all, he is in the business of making worm food. Being an early bird must help.

You don’t crack jokes when this genre is handled well, like in the last episode of Mindhunter — you are too busy holding your breath. But in Indian cinema, you rarely find that kind of screenplay, that quality of direction. Abrahaminte Santhathikal is written by Haneef Adeni, who directed the similarly themed The Great Father, also starring Mammootty. He hasn’t met a cliché he doesn’t like. The gruesome killings are followed by clues written in blood. The killer’s motives are Biblical, as in Se7en. Only, you’d call this Ten. That’s the number of incidents the killer has promised. He uses a hammer — but he could just as easily have used Gopi Sundar’s blunt instrument of a background score, which seems determined to bludgeon us into submission. The music is so busy screaming, the cries of victims seem beside the point.

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