Oru CBI Diary Kurippu Review – Edge-of-seat-thriller that retains engagement even without action and twists
The late 80s and early 90s were ennobled as the Golden Period of South Indian cinema, where content-driven movies struck gold beyond the usual paradigms. The reason behind listing a myriad of such movies during this point of time is for the contemporary generation of audiences or perhaps, the ardent film buffs to have a glimpse of such movies. Malayalam actor Mammootty starrer “Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, " released in 1988 is among the rare gems of Indian Cinema. The film had a box office run in Kerala and even in the other regional theatres for almost a year.
Here’s a sneak run into the film’s analysis.
Omana, daughter-in-law of a rich businessman is found dead inside the house premise. Police Department wraps up the case as a suicide. However, the girl’s father, a poor man, and his youngest daughter (Oorvasi) with the help of a cousin, a cop (Sreekumar) approach Supreme Court. In turn, it appoints CBI to take over the case and that’s when the arrival of Sethurama Iyer arrives into the picture and solves the mystery.
There are lots of reasons behind this movie being celebrated as a gem of Indian Cinema. First and foremost, this was the first-ever Indian movie to exhibit a CBI department's actual and natural traits. Till then, the Police department was considered as the ultimate destination to sort out the cases. On the other end, there weren’t many Investigation thrillers during that point in time and Oru CBI Diary Kurippu became a perfect exemplification. We don’t see Mammootty involved in any sort of action blocks. Even a couple of action sequences (performed by Mukesh and Suresh Gopi individually), could have been for the sake of catering to the commercial audiences.
The last 30 minutes of the film is actually the intriguing part. This can be watched by aspiring filmmakers and even the followers of mystery movie lovers, especially if they like the kinda movies based on the novel pattern.
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