Dinu Thomas Eelan's debutant directorial 'Koodasha' leads you to the familiar premises at the outset, and later shatters your dejà vu handsomely. Call it a psychoanalytical thriller drama, which would be the real epithet it deserves. Dedicated to all fathers, who have daughters, the underlying theme may remind you of revenge tales of fathers when they lost their daughters to rapists. Even then, Dinu gives a fresh touch to the trite theme by successfully harnessing the acting prowess of Baburaj.
There is complexity in the plot, and it's predictable too in some places. The soul of the movie lies in the shift from the onscreen events to the hallucination episode of 'Methran' Joy, smartly played by Baburaj. 'Koodasha' gradually unravels the fear of a goonda in his subconscious mind about the predicament that affects his dear ones due to his actions.
It closely follows the life a goon and widower named 'Methran' Joy. Due to his ageing and the thought about the future of his daughter Anu (Krithika Pradeep), Joy decides to stay away from taking up any kind of quotations from others. But once Dr Jayan (Joy Mathew), who is very close to Joy, asks him to bump Sijo (Rajiv Rajan) off for throwing acid on the face of his friend Ravi's (Devan) daughter.
Out of emotional outburst, Joy agrees to finish him off with the help of his acolyte Antony (Aaryan Krishna Menon). Things do not end there. Once, Joy gets another quotation to kill Antony. The mental conflict of Joy marks the beginning of the revelation of many shocking incidents.
Baburaj adopts adorable restraint in his performance. The actor handles the pain and emotional conflict of a father, who is always worried about his daughter. As a doting father to his daughter, Baburaj gives a reasonable justice to the role. Obviously, the real actor in him is the surprise package of the movie.
Aaryan portrays the ruthless rogue with its full intensity. Swasika, who plays his wife Sowmya, has a brief appearance. Faizal Khalid, who is in charge of cinematography, captures the visuals that have a mysterious tone of the High Range.
'Koodasha' is a psychological journey through the mind of a goon-turned-moral man. Albeit the intensity is not so deep in exploring the depths of Joy's mental state, it is a notable attempt by a debutant.
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