Forensic (film)

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Forensic
Forensic film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAkhil Paul
Anas Khan
Written byAkhil Paul-Anas Khan
Produced byNavis Xaviour
Siju Mathew
StarringTovino Thomas
Mamta Mohandas
Saiju Kurup
Renji Panicker
Dhanesh Anand
Reba Monica John
CinematographyAkhil George
Edited byShameer Muhammed
Music byJakes Bejoy
Production
company
Juvis Productions
Distributed byCentury Release
Release date
  • 28 February 2020 (2020-02-28)
Running time
134 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam

Forensic is a 2020 Indian Malayalam-language psychological thriller film co-written and co-directed by Akhil Paul and Anas Khan in their directorial debut,[1] starring Tovino Thomas, Mamta Mohandas, Saiju Kurup, Renji Panicker, Dhanesh Anand and Reba Monica John. The film premiered in Kerala, all over India and the rest of the world on 28 February 2020 and in GCC on 4 March 2020. [2]

Plot[edit]

The movie opens to scenes of a little boy and his father at a meat shop. The boy is shown smuggling heads and bodies of various animals home and preserving them in jars under his bed. Upon discovering this, his father beats him. When he grows up, he kills his father. The scene then shifts to the present.

In the present, the abduction and murder of two little girls of Trivandrum in succession, with no apparent motive makes investigation officer ACP Rithika Xavier (Mamta Mohandas) suspect a serial killer. She requests a forensic team but finds it awkward that the personnel assigned is the young Samuel John Kattookkaaran (Tovino Thomas), who happens to be the younger brother of her estranged husband Xavier John Kattookkaaran (Saiju Kurup). It is shown that the couple broke away after the loss of one of their children apparently due to carelessness and also that the surviving child Nayana consults a psychologist, Dr. Alphonse Kurien (Giju John).

Samuel concludes the killer seems able to move comfortably through a four-foot tunnel but unable to dispose of the body over a five feet wall, and able to blend inconspicuously in a compound of children, hence it must be a child. Though dismissive at first, Rithika Xavier is forced to accept Samuel's theory as an eyewitness shortly confirms a little boy dumping the dead body, though she does so in grace. Further victims are added to the list even as the police publish a sketch of the killer-child as described by the witness.

Dr. Kurien states the boy in the sketch seems to be juvenile home inmate Reuben Elias (Arunamshu Dev) whom he counseled a few years back. Clinical therapist Dr. Jayakumar Menon (Prathap Pothan), who handled Reuben's case, confirms that Reuben indeed demonstrated murderous psychopathic behavior and escaped from him recently.

Meanwhile, retired SP Abdul Wahab (Renji Panicker) volunteers a test DNA for matching, which brings up a decade old forgotten serial murder case, which also happens to be the Rithika's first case. When three little girls of Burma Colony in the outskirts of Trivandrum were murdered in succession, and the body of another was discovered in a school bus, the police arrest the bus driver Ubaid Ahmed (Dhanesh Anand). But he is proven innocent as another victim is kidnapped and murdered in the same manner while he is in custody. Ubaid is freed; with no more leads the case dies down, as the killings cease altogether. Abdul Wahab concludes that the Burma Colony killer must still be around. He also reveals that, on retirement, he took the ostracized Ubaid as his driver.

Yet another victim is snatched from the hospital under the very nose of the team, mounting pressure on them. Samuel correctly double-guesses a clever ruse in the form of a candy bar dropped in a dustbin in front of the hospital but is puzzled that the DNA prints in the inside wrapper match neither those of the victim nor those of the child-killer collected from the previous incidents. He concludes that there is a second personality behind the child-killer, probably a mastermind. Due to the intern Shikha's insight, it is discovered that this DNA matches perfectly with that of the Burma Colony murderer ten years earlier.

Reuben is shown to deliver the victims to an abandoned truck deep inside a forest. Their corpses are removed from the truck by none other than Nayana, Rithika's daughter. But Rithika is in no mood to listen as pressure mounts from the public as well as the department and makes it clear that the only target of the team is to capture Reuben. Left on his own to pursue his lead, Samuel teams up with Shikha and Abdul Wahab to research the area where the three buried Burma Colony victims were found. Searching the place with ground-penetrating radars, they find five skeletons - one adult and four children - buried.

Samuel decides to examine every one of the hundreds of medical and police personnel present at the hospital during the last abduction, for which DNA samples are procured with the help of Abdul Wahab and Dr. Kurien. Rithika zeroes in on Reuben and captures him from a church, Samuel is baffled to find that not a single DNA from the collection matches the one on the candy wrapper.

Reuben delivers apocalyptic delusions on the inquest, which is conveniently taken as a confession by Rithika and the team. Samuel, however, observes from the footage of the inquest that Reuben was in fact responding to instructions from his hearing aid, probably from the mastermind. By the time he arrives at the station, Reuben has killed himself per transmitted instructions.

Rithika was in an inquiry about Reuben's death in her custody. When a broken Rithika is unable to handle Nayana, Samuel convinces her to let Nayana stay with the Xavier family for the weekend. At their residence, Samuel is informed by Shikha that a blue Honda Civic car could be seen near the station premises in the footage around the time of Reuben's suicide. Noticing the exact model right outside his gate, Samuel proceeds to peek, only to be surprised by Ubaid, who knocks him out and abducts him. The foolhardy team is knocked to action by yet another kidnapping, this time of none other than the daughter of a member of the team. Confronted with the undeniable evidence that they were in the wrong, the team proceeds to track the GPS of the victim's mobile phone.

Meanwhile, inside the abandoned truck deep inside the forest, a psychotic Ubaid taunts a bound Samuel with shocking details. He starts with video footage of none other than Nayana delivering the murdered victims out of the truck. Ubaid reveals that the whole saga was planned to frame Rithika's daughter as a serial killer as revenge for ruining his life in the Burma Colony case. This is followed by the revelation that the other child of the Xavier couple, Navya, is alive, supported by a video showing a disheveled Navya confined in a basement. Though Samuel wriggles himself out and subdues Ubaid, he is unable to extract further information about the mastermind, and Ubaid is unexpectedly shot dead by somebody in the blue Honda Civic. Samuel doggedly pursues the car and is cleverly led to take up a yellow minivan, only to end up in front of the police and discover the minivan contains the body of the latest victim. Framed as the murderer, Samuel flees but is supported by his brother Xavier, Shikha, and Abdul Wahab. They arrange for a meeting with Rithika, who is forced to accept the facts, confronted with the evidence on Ubaid's mobile phone.

Navya's location can be traced to a 500m radius of Ubaid's location, but with the impending doom that she shall be in danger once the murderer realizes that Ubaid's phone is lost. Rithika and Xavier go to the location to search for Navya, while Samuel asks Dr. Alphonse Kurien to join him for a ride discuss the case, during which Samuel reveals to him that he knows Dr. Kurien is the mastermind behind the killing. A flashback shows that Dr. Kurien was the kid in the scene at the beginning of the movie, It is revealed that he was leading a normal life thanks to his wife and even after her death he lived for his son but everything came crashing down after he was diagnosed with blood cancer.

He then lost control of himself when he drops off his son's friend in the Burma Colony and then proceeds to take out his frustration of the medical condition by killing the kids in that colony. When Rithika arrives to search the colony he transfers his next victim from his car to a school bus, he sees parked near the road, which was accidentally witnessed by his son who was in the car with him. Later that evening on the news Ubaid's arrest is shown, because of the child found on the school bus. Dr. Kurien's son sees the news and realizes that his father is the killer and goes to the terrace to check a room that his father keeps locked, realizing that it was the room in which he killed his victims. Dr. Kurien tries to explain everything to his son who tries to get away from him and accidentally falls off the terrace and dies.

Dr. Kurien buries his son's body and kills one more child just to prove to the police the Ubaid isn't the real killer. He, later on, decides to take revenge on Rithika by kidnapping her daughter and raises her in captivity. He then meets Reuben Elias and plans to use him and Navya in his plan. He tells Samuel that has no proof connecting the killings to him and that he had tested his blood and it wasn't a match. A flashback shows Samuel telling Shikha that Dr. Alphonse Kurien has two sets of DNA because of his bone marrow transplant but his skin and hair cells will have his old DNA which is enough proof to tie him to the case.

Rithika and Xavier find Navya. Shocked, Kurien wrestles and tries to attack Samuel which leads to an accident, and Kurien is thrown out and dies while Samuel protected by the airbags. A few days later Rithika applies for a 2-month leave to spend with her family before which she is handed a new case file form for which she requests the same forensic team. She calls Shikha who informs her that Samuel is in an inquiry about the accident.

In the inquiry, Samuel tells the police exactly what happens as seen earlier. Later on, it is revealed that during the fight in the car, Samuel managed to unbuckle Dr. Alphonse Kurien's seat-belt which caused him to be thrown out of the car.

Cast[edit]

  • Tovino Thomas as Samuel John Kaatookaran, Medico-Legal Advisor
  • Mamta Mohandas as ACP Rithika Xavier IPS, (Senior Superintendent of Police & Samuel John Kaatookaran's Sister-in-law
  • Saiju Kurup as Xavier John Kaatookaran, (Samuel John Kaatookaran's Brother)
  • Renji Panicker as Retd. SP Abdul Wahab IPS
  • Giju John as Dr Alphonse Kurian
  • Reba Monica John as Shikha Damodar, Forensic Intern
  • Thamanna Pramod as Nayana and Navya
  • Rony David as ACP Dano Mammen IPS
  • Anwar Shereef as CI Murali Mohankumar
  • Ramu as Rajeev Madhavan IPS, Commissioner of Police
  • Prathap Pothan as Dr. Jayakumar Menon
  • Dhanesh Anand as Ubaid Ahmed
  • Lukman as Vinod
  • Arunamshu Dev as Ruban Alias
  • Aditya R Menon as childhood of Alphonse Kurian
  • Srikanth Murali as SP Issac IPS, Crime Branch
  • Mohan Sharma as Abraham John Kaatookaran, Samuel's grandfather
  • Anil Murali as Kurian, Alphonse's father
  • Navis Xaviour as Rahul Nath IAS, Sub Collector
  • Rajesh Hebbar as Burma Colony victim's fatherggv
  • Giridhar as Malavika's uncle
  • Balaji Sharma as Dr. Jayan Krishna
  • Baby Sameksha as Divya Divakar
  • Devi Ajith as Divya's mother
  • Thennal Abhilash as Malavika Das
  • Anjali Nair as Malavika's mother
  • Sadhika Venugopal as Burma Colony victim's mother
  • Sini Varghese as Devika's mother
  • shafeeq mannarkkad

Marketing[edit]

The official trailer of the film was launched by Muzik247 on 13 February 2020.[3] The film was also released worldwide via Netflix on 7 June 2020.

Release[edit]

The film was theatrically released on 28 February 2020.[1] The film was a financial success at the box office despite theatre shutdowns all over India due to Covid-19, collecting INR 15 Crores in 13 days from Kerala alone and INR 25 Crores worldwide, including Satellite and other Digital rights.

A popular Hyderabad based production house named Geetha Arts owned by Allu Arvind, bought the Telugu dubbing rights of the film. The Telugu dubbed version had a digital release on Aha. The film was also dubbed and released directly on television in Hindi on TV channel Zee Cinema on 13 May 2021.[4]

It went on to become the highest rated Malayalam movie of 2020 with a 14.67 TRP following its release on Asianet.[5]

Remake[edit]

Vikrant Massey is touted to portray the lead role in the Hindi remake.[6] Radhika Apte, Prachi Desai and Rohit Roy has also joined the cast.

Music[edit]

Jakes Bejoy handled the music and background score of the film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Matthew, Anna (28 February 2020). "Forensic Movie Review: A sinister thriller". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Tovino's 'Forensic' to hit theatres on Feb 28". English.mathrubhumi.com.
  3. ^ FORENSIC – Malayalam Movie - Official Trailer – Tovjyghkkk Paul, Anas Khan. YouTube. 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ FORENSIC – CINEMA PREMIER LEAGUE - THU, 13th MAY, 9PM - STORY PROMO. YouTube. 18 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Forensic Movie Premier On Asianet Earned 15.6 TVR (Source Barc, 15+U)". Keralatv.in. 16 May 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Vikrant Massey to feature in Hindi remake of Malayalam thriller 'Forensic'". Thehindu.com. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2021.

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