Joji , or stylized as JOJI is a 2021 Indian Malayalam-language crime drama film directed by Dileesh Pothan and written by Syam Pushkaran. The story is inspired by William Shakespeare‘s play Macbeth. Critics have also pointed out striking similarities with the 1985 Malayalam film Irakal. The film was produced by Bhavana Studios in association with Working Class Hero, and Fahadh Faasil and Friends. Fahadh Faasil plays the title character, while Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, and Unnimaya Prasad play other pivotal roles. The plot revolves around a wealthy family of three sons and a father living in the countryside of Kerala.
Story plot of malayalam movie Joji
Joji, an engineering dropout, along with elder brothers Jomon and Jaison lead a life of fear under their dominating father Kuttappan. The family also includes Jaison’s wife Bincy and Jomon’s teenage son Popy. They live in a vast house in the middle of a sizable plantation in the high ranges of Covid ridden Kerala. While Joji looks meek among his father and brothers, he appears to share a bond with Bincy and Popy.
Despite being 74, Kuttappan is well-built and is very much in charge of family affairs. Jomon, a divorcee, aids him in agriculture in their vast estate, while Jaison manages their businesses in town. Joji is running unsuccessful ventures, the remains of them being a horse tied in their estate. He is financially dependent on Kuttappan who is physically abusive of Joji. Bincy manages the household chores and is always shown to be occupied in the kitchen. A pond is being dug in the family yard by workers including Gireesh and Sudhi. Kuttappan manages to pull out a heavy valve stuck in the mud as nobody else could handle it. But he suffers a stroke in the process and is hospitalised. A close relative of the family Dr Felix discusses with his fellow doctors and comes to the conclusion that Kuttappan is paralyzed and there is little hope of improvement in his condition. Things look brighter even for Joji as he manages to sell his horse after showing it off to buyers in the family’s yard.
However, Kuttappan returns home bedridden and unable to speak. Jomon is visibly upset over his father’s condition, while the others at various levels hope for a speedy death. Joji even visits his father in bed and mocks his paralyzed hand which was used to abuse him. When Kuttappan shows further physical suffering, Jomon decides to sanction a risky surgery, which is fortunately successful. This brings a recovering Kuttappan back home, albeit in a wheelchair, getting everyone in the house back to their old ways.
As prompted by Bincy, Jaison asks his father for money to buy a new house in the town. But Kuttapan rejects it and ridicules Jaison. Kuttappan also manages to use a pen to sign a cheque indicating his improved condition. An upset Bincy shares her frustration with Joji. Joji decides to stand up against his father and demands him to step down. However, the old man manages to choke Joji with his able left hand and ridicules him as well. Joji decides to kill his father and begins to secretly replace Kuttappan’s daily medication with similar-looking pills. This is witnessed by Bincy who does not divulge the truth as she and Jaison too secretly wish for Kuttappan’s death. Joji’s plan works and Kuttappan dies soon.
Jomon, already an alcoholic, bursts firecrackers at the funeral procession, claiming his father would not have wanted a depressing funeral. This leads the family into a scuffle with the church priest, Fr Kevin. Not long after the funeral, the family meets presided by Dr Felix to partition the dead man’s estate. Jomon objects to the partition saying it will be disrespectful to the spirit of their father. Jomon and Jaison enter into a heated argument. Joji rises to the occasion and proposes a solution agreed by both his brothers impressing everyone.
Meanwhile, rumours begin to spread about Kuttappan’s death. Joji has nightmares of his father and tries to destroy the pieces of evidence by burning all medicine strips that were used in the gruesome act. But this leads to a fire near the pond. Jomon notices the sign of fire the next morning. Joji manages to escape but he lies to Jomon that he doesn’t visit the pond at all. Jomon is upset over rumours that Kuttappan’s death is suspicious and someone in the family is behind it. Jomon wants to confront Thotta Sudhi who was loud about Joji’s apathetic walking towards the house as Bincy was crying out when Kuttappan died. Joji joins Jomon in searching for Sudhi in the plantations. They find Sudhi working alone on the plantation making thotta (a crude explosive used in breaking stones). When confronted, he runs away after a heated exchange with the brothers but not before spilling some beans which makes Jomon suspicious of Joji. Realizing Joji is hiding something, Jomon attacks him, and Joji subdues him using an air gun that belonged to Popy, and throws Sudhi’s explosives at him, killing him instantly. Joji provides a statement to the police that makes it look like Sudhi was responsible for Jomon’s death.
Over the next few days, Jaison notices weird changes in Joji’s behaviour, including him becoming overtly religious, as Bincy begins to question the possibility of Joji’s involvement in Jomon’s murder as well. During the autopsy, the police find the pellets from the gun in Jomon’s body, and Popy realizes that Joji was the only other person who knew of the gun, which was purchased with money stolen from Kuttappan. The family confronts Joji, who continues to deny these claims. Realizing that he will not get away, Joji tries to blackmail Jaison that unless he stands with Joji, he will be implicated as a coconspirator in the murders. Realising the true colours of Joji, Jaison refuses this categorically. Bincy confesses to Jaison of knowing about some of Joji’s acts. Having no way out, Joji attempts suicide by firing the air gun at his pterion. He also sends a suicide note to the remaining family members blaming society for all his acts.
In the mid-credits scene, it is shown that Joji survives and wakes up in the hospital, paralyzed. When the Police officer asks a bedridden Joji to confess to his crimes by blinking his eyes, Joji forcefully does not blink.
Songs of malayalam film Joji
Music by Justin Varghese.
Trailer of mlayalam movie Joji