Renji Panicker debuted as a screenwriter in 1990. But when his first two films failed to gain him recognition, he switched his style and started to concentrate on political backdrops. Rest is history; he became the most sought after ‘firebrand’ screenwriter in a couple of years. After 24 years, with Kasaba, his son Nithin Renji Panicker debuted as Writer/Director.
Nithin’s style of writing/filmmaking? Like father, like son!
Circle Inspector Rajan Zechariah (Mammootty), a carefree womanizer, gets himself transferred to Kalipuram to investigate the murder of a couple, whom he knew well. As expected, Kalipuram has a lot in store for him. He has to deal with a kingmaker Nambiar (Sampath Raj) and Kamla (Varalakshmi Sharathkumar) who runs a brothel. Believing in the concept ‘let the chips fall where they may’, he starts his hunt.
It is a one man against an army game and Mammukka proved it again that he is not too old to lead. Also - Varalakshmi Sharathkumar, Neha Saxena, Jagadeesh, Sampath Raj, Maqbool Salman, Siddique and Alancier Lay Lopez did justice to their roles. Alice George produced the movie, under the banner of Goodwill Entertainments.
Sameer Haq is the director of photography and the visuals prove that he is here to stay. The music by Rahul Raj is another notable plus point. Eventhough the only song (an item number) in Kasaba, failed to impress, the background music compositions are exemplary.
Kasaba is not the Malayalam take on Abhinav Kasyap’s Salman Khan starrer Dabangg, but yes there are traits. But then again Dabangg is still counted as an all time hit. Are you a Mammukka fan? Then book the tickets. ASAP. Period.