Rajeev Ravi’s ‘Kuttavum Shikshayum’, starring Asif Ali, is a superb police drama that ditches easy thrills for solid procedural detail

Posted on May 30, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

This is not a glamorous script. It’s not about supercops. It’s chess-like writing, where each move is incremental, the result of thought rather than action.

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Kuttavum Shikshayum, directed by Rajeev Ravi, is like a balloon. It’s flat and limp and unremarkable at first, and as narrative air keeps going into it, it expands and it expands and becomes nothing like the shape it originally was, and you see designs and patterns that keep spreading out until the whole thing, finally, goes pop. The unremarkable thing at the beginning is an unremarkable robbery at an unremarkable jewellery store. But as the investigation begins, we see that the early unremarkableness was part of the film’s design. And thereon, the narrative becomes bigger and bigger: in terms of geography, in terms of the number of characters, in terms of the danger, and in terms of the stakes. But here’s the thing: Kuttavum Shikshayum is not a thriller. The ballooning effect happens due to painstaking and minute procedural details that keep pumping air into the narrative. I think the film is some kind of classic.

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