Kurup is a 2021 Indian Malayalam-language crime thriller film written by K. S. Aravind, Jithin K. Jose and Daniel Sayooj Nair based on the life of wanted criminal Sukumara Kurup and directed by Srinath Rajendran; starring Dulquer Salmaan in the title role along with Indrajith Sukumaran, Sobhita Dhulipala, Shine Tom Chacko, Sunny Wayne, Bharath Srinivasan, Shivajith, Surabhi Lakshmi, Vijayaraghavan and Tovino Thomas in the supporting roles.
Story plot of malayalam movie Kurup
Krishnadas (Indrajith Sukumaran), a former DYSP of Kerala Police, has just retired and prepares to attend a send-off event arranged by his colleagues when a subordinate (Saiju Kurup) arrives to inform that an IB report has warned against the arrival of a criminal. Upon knowing that Das is retiring, the officer glances through the former’s cupboard to find one of his case diaries (titled “Kurup”). Krishnadas is mostly known as the officer who investigated the famous Charlie murder case, which paved way for a still-untraced fugitive named Sudhakara Kurup. As the officer reads through the diary, the story of Kurup unfolds on screen.
Born as Gopikrishna Kurup, Kurup is sent to the Indian Air Force forcibly by his uncle (P. Balachandran) after he fails to acquire his degree. At the IAF, he meets and befriends Peter (Sunny Wayne) who was also forcibly made to join the IAF despite his passion for music. Weeks later, Peter and Kurup along with some other inmates are sent to Bombay by the Air Force. There, Peter starts liking his new life while Kurup meets and befriends Sharadamma (Sobhita) who is the daughter of his family’s old maid, and falls in love with her. Later, Peter is informed that Kurup, who was hospitalized days ago, has committed suicide. He informs the same to Sharada. However, Sharada gets the message that Kurup is still alive and meets him in a subway, wherein Kurup announces the new name he currently lives under, Sudhakara Kurup. Kurup apparently created his death to escape the tedious life in the force. He soon marries Sharada and they leave for Persia, starting a new life there. However, further problems lead Kurup to hasty decisions and he leaves to his hometown along with his office clerk and right-hand man Sabu (Shivajith).
In Kerala, Pillechan Bhasippilla (Shine Tom Chacko) who his Kurup’s co-brother (Sharada’s brother-in-law) and Ponnachan who is Kurup’s personal driver in Allepey, welcome Kurup and Sabu. Kurup discusses a plan he made with the three other men – that he has applied for life insurance under his own name and an amount of Rs 8 Lakh can be obtained if Kurup’s death was proved. Kurup decides to fake his own death and offers the three men an equal share of the insurance money. For this, they require a corpse that matches Kurup’s physique. After searching a lot for corpses matching Kurup’s height and weight, Pillechan puts forward the idea of killing someone who matches their requirements after spotting a bartender who resembles Kurup in height and style. However, Pillechan’s attempt to abduct the bartender backfires and the men end up quarrelling with Kurup.
The next day, a car is found apparently involved in an accident and burnt badly next to a paddy field. A charred and killed person is found in the driver’s seat. The police team headed by DYSP Krishnadas arrives and starts investigating. The car is identified to be that of Kurup. However, Das spots match, gloves and footsteps at the site, thereby confirming that it wasn’t an accident but a murder. Das questions Pillechan which makes him suspicious of the latter. Das finds out burnt marks in Pillechan’s body and takes him into custody. In custody, Pillechan admits that he had murdered Kurup due to a long-standing rivalry.
However, the experienced Das easily finds that Pillai is lying. He asks his colleagues to cross-check recent man-missing cases that lead him to the house of Charlie (Tovino Thomas), a film distribution company staff. Charlie’s wife identifies cloth remnants from the charred body which belong to Charlie, making it clear that Charlie was the one murdered and burnt (and not Kurup). Pillai is tortured in custody till he confesses that the four of them found the perfect victim in Charlie and subsequently murdered and burnt him along with Kurup’s car, to fabricate Kurup’s death.
Sabu and Ponnachan are also arrested. The missing Kurup is hiding at a lodge and a room boy (Siyad) informs the police about the same. However, the police is unable to trace him. Despite getting to know Kurup’s exact route – Allepey to Ernakulam, then to his uncle at Maannaar, further to his relative at Bhopal and finally to Sharada’s aunt at Bombay – Das and his team miss Kurup each time. However, Das is ultimately able to find Isaac (Bharath), Kurup’s long-time friend with whom he was spotted by a peon, who informs the police. Isaac refuses to reveal Kurup’s plan, but Das is able to connect the dots and finds that Kurup is planning to migrate via a cruise ship. However, Kurup slips away even this time and escapes on the cruise.
Das’s case diary then tries to give more clarity to the incidents. It is revealed that while in Bombay, Kurup was driven by greed – which stirred his mind right during his IAF days – that led him into the smuggling of the force’s arms which were pending post the war. He forms a smuggling setup with Isaac, then his close friend and Leo, a gangster. After creating many alterations, Kurup gets the need to evade capture and decides to fake his death for the first time. Kurup (then Gopikrishna) fakes his death and changes to Sudhakara Kurup with his family knowing about it. The propaganda is swiftly spread by Kurup’s friend who is a cop.
Next, after marrying Sharada, both leaves for Persia where they lead a luxurious life. Kurup meets with Leo who leads him to Prince Walid, son of the emperor. Walid is impressed by Kurup. Kurup is assigned by Walid to smuggle precious crude oil without the knowledge of the former’s father. However, Kurup’s greed resurfaces and combined with Walid’s ill-treatment, he decides to rob a high amount from Walid and then fakes his own death once again to evade Walid. The insurance was arranged only as a part of this big plan and Kurup with the help of his team in Kerala kills Charlie to fake Kurup’s death. However, this time his plans go awry, thanks to an efficient Das.
It is then revealed that Kurup was hiding right above the room when Das and his team arrived to arrest him at the lodge. He further hides at his aforementioned places in Bhopal and Bombay before planning to escape on the cruise (with the help of Leo). He even joins the police team disguised as a driver shortly before evading Das’s eye and getting into the cruise. But, Das is informed by Walid about Kurup’s treachery beforehand. Das and Walid join hands against their common enemy. As the cruise leaves and Das find that Kurup is in it, the former immediately informs Walid about the same. Meanwhile, Kurup meets Leo and is assigned a new name ‘Alexander’ and a new passport. Once Kurup (now Alexander) walks out, he is called “Alexander” by Walid, who along with his bodyguards plans to kill Kurup. Das, confirming that Kurup will be killed, informs Charlie’s family that he has avenged the person who is responsible for their condition.
At the end of the ceremony, Das leaves the office, before which the officer who was reading his diary hands it to Das and salutes him respectfully. Das, leaving his official life behind and believing that Kurup is no more, leaves the office and the moment he leaves, a cop receives fax showing a lookout notice of an international criminal who is shown to be none other than Kurup. In the epilogue, it is shown that when Alexander was stopped by Walid, he just smiles to the camera and a newspaper story showing Walid’s death in a car accident follows, indirectly suggesting that Alexander had set a plan B with Leo’s help to end Walid in case he spotted him in the cruise. Various news stories and channel clips of the police searching all around the world for Alexander follow. Back to the present, in a busy street in Helsinki in 2005, Alexander is spotted and photographed by a person who works for the police. Upon realizing that he is being photographed, Alexander kills the photographer.
Songs of malayalam movie Kurup
Music by Sushin Shyam
Title/ Singer ( click on the song for malayalam movie lyrics)
1.Pakaliravukal – Neha Nair
2. Dingiri Dingale – Dulquer Salmaan
3. Neela Kadalin Adiyil – Anand Sreeraj
4.Paathira Kaalam – Tribemama Marykali
5. Mele Theera – Anand Sreeraj
Trailer of malayalam movie Kurup