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4 years ago, on a May 3rd, came a film with Prithviraj in the lead role, which could rightly be tagged as a path-breaking movie in Malayalam. The film had the guts to narrate something new and was able to redefine the genre thriller.
Yes, we are talking about Rosshan Andrrews's Mumbai Police, which had actors like Prithviraj, Jayasurya, Rahman etc., on board. The film scripted by Bobby-Sanjay, led the Malayalam cinema to the world of 'daringness'.
The Prithviraj starrer was filled with many USP's, which make the film worth discussing, even now. The film might be 4 years old, but is still fresh in the minds of the audiences. On this note, we present a few factors that make this film one of the gems of this decade.
Daring – In All Senses
Mumbai Police can rightly be termed as a daring attempt. The writer and the director, along with its lead actor Prithviraj had the daringness to come up with a final twist in the tale, which had elements that were completely new to Malayalam cinema.
Sticking to what the story demanded, the audiences were in for a surprise, that could have gone in either direction, as far as the responses of the normal audiences were considered. Anyhow, the team had the guts to discuss about homosexuality without any fear.
Antony Mosses – Not The Stereotyped Hero
Well, the character of Antony Mosses had some grey shades associated with it. The character wasn't in the lines of a typical hero, that we have been used to. A well-etched character, which could be called more real than cinematic.
The gutsy moment is in the climax sequences of the movie, where the character Antony Mosses gets a different dimension. Hats off to Prithviraj for taking up a character like this, which was never in the so called prefixed lines of hero roles.
Not A Single Hero Based Subject
Here is another big positive that the film holds. The film had three main leads and the story of the film didn't revolve around the main antagonist, Antony Mosses. Each and every character had well-defined parts to do in the film. Something, which isn't that common in police-based subjects that we have seen in Malayalam, so far.
Bringing Back The Actor In Rahman
Actor Rahman, who was projected as a probable superstar in the 1980s did get a meaty role with Mumbai Police. Upto some extent, the character of Farhan is the most intelligent among the lot and it is the mastermind of this character that drives the story forward. He had to perform this role in a subtle nature and we got to see the talent in an actor like him.
A Friendship Tale With A Difference
Mumbai Police is as much a story of friendship as it is a tale of a crime. Seldom we have seen Malayalam films, especially of this particular genre coming out successful in narrating two aspects that are as different as chalk and cheese.
Well, Mumbai Police was a success at the box office but it still remains as a Malayalam movie, which deserved more. This Prithviraj starrer was a complete film in all aspects and is way higher in quality in comparison with many of the big money spinners that the industry has had.
At the same time, had the movie released now, it would definitely have entered the coveted 30,40 & 50-Crore clubs. Anyhow, Mumbai Police will always be remembered as a cult classic that showed the way forward for Malayalam cinema.