On the screen, but behind the bars

On the screen, but behind the bars
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Story Dated : July 8, 2016

Kochi: Though police roles are not every actor’s cup of tea, mollywood has experimented a lot with police attires. Many actors have done complete justice to the police characters counting Suresh Gopi, Mammootty and Mohan Lal. Prithvi Raj, Nivin Pauly and even Fahad Fasil marked their entry into the police rolls.  Nivin’s Action Hero Biju and Mammootty’s recent movie Kasaba are still having a strong grip on mollywood viewers. But this season’s bell rang also for convicts and their caged days.

The life behind bars is now shining strikingly on the silver screen through the films starting from Urumbukal Urangarilla, which later moved on with Kammattippadam and Karinkunnam Sixes.

Urumbukal Urangarilla made a unique entry into the field, starring Vinay Fort, Aju Varghese, Chemban Vinod, Kalabhavan Shajon and Mustafa as the prisoners.  The film incites our brain with laughter as well as serious thoughts, especially with the scenes portraying Vinay Forrt’s character being trained under the tutelage of a master thief, played by Chemban.

Rajeev Ravi’s recent film Kammattippadam, winning critical appreciations across the industry, features the fruition of a gangster from a ghetto in Kochi. A gaster’s story is incomplete without any glimpse of his life behind the bars and so is the case with Krishnan, the protagonist enacted by Dulquer Salman in the movie.

 Manju Warrier’s latest appearance as a volleyball coach, that too for the central prison’s team and the movie Karinkunnam Sixes already had its dawn on the viewers resulting positive responses.  The movie flashes a new light into the lives of prisoners, with Manju building confidence and team spirit among them as their volleyball coach.

The list of movies featuring the lives behid the bar rolls on with the upcoming movies of Dileep and Indrajith – Biju Menon combination. In the upcoming movie, directed by Sunderdas, Dileep plays a Good Samaritan sort of role who takes on the blame of others and willingly undergoes prison terms.

Award winning tele film Mukhamukham’s director Ansar Khan is on his new venture of making a film based on the same, under Jeethu Joseph’s script. The movie features the story of two jailbirds, playing by Indrajith and Biju Menon, who are being moved from Peerumedu to Ernakulam.

Anyway, the unseen panorama inside those gigantic walls are expected to reach the common public through these films. The locked up living, the confined or enslaved life of those caged birds are all to be unveiled, may be from quite a different perspective, in the silver screen.