Kannur Squad: A Tale of Persistence, Politics, and Police
Directed by debutant Roby Varghese Raj, Kannur Squad doesn’t follow a traditional narrative. It engages the audience from the outset, showcasing the work style and unique traits of this elite police team. As the story unfolds, detailing the murder of a businessman in Kasargod, we’re already deeply entwined with the team’s dynamics and the challenges they’re set to face.
Mammootty as ASI George stands at the helm, a leader seemingly without personal entanglements, while his teammates – Jayan, Jose, and Shafi – confront personal and professional challenges. With a deadline looming overhead, the team races against time, political pressures, and often elusive leads. While Kannur Squad draws parallels with narratives like Kuttavum Shikshayum and Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, it establishes its unique presence, balancing between stark realism and pleasing the die-hard Mammootty fans.
The film steers clear of over-glamorization, emphasizing investigative nuances, from modern technological tools to tried-and-true detective legwork. The early reveal of the culprits could have been a gamble, yet the ensuing chase, laden with complications, ensures the viewer’s engagement till the curtains fall.
The beauty of Kannur Squad lies in its equilibrium. Not succumbing to typical cop drama stereotypes, it presents a detailed portrayal of a team’s unwavering dedication and the exhilarating chase that follows.
Review Verdict: Roby Varghese Raj’s Kannur Squad, anchored by a compelling Mammootty performance, transcends the regular police chase. It speaks of integrity, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of justice.