“Dulquer Kurup’s film does not glorify my father’s killer,” Chacko’s son told TNM

Dulquer Salmaan stars as the real criminal Sukumara Kurup who killed Chacko 37 years ago and staged it as his own death.

These were friends who told Jithin about a movie called Kurup, is going to be done on his father’s killer. All his life he had heard stories about how a man named Sukumara Kurup murdered his young father Chacko and left his body burned in a car. It was Kurup’s car, which was completely charred to make it look like he had died in it. Kurup, returning from the Gulf to Alappuzha, was trying to claim a huge sum as insurance for his family. The deception broke out but the man has never been caught in 37 years.

“I was horrified to learn of the film’s existence and felt even worse when I found out that a star like Dulquer Salmaan was playing Kurup. How can an actor everyone admires play a villain? Will the character be glorified, will his actions be justified, we were afraid. When I saw the teaser I was sure it would be something like that. So we sent a legal notice to film crew, ”Jithin told TNM.

Dulquer Salmaan is working with his first director Srinath Rajendran for the film. Nine years ago, the two launched their film careers with Second show. “Srinath called us when we sent the legal advice. He assured us that there would be no justification for Sukumara Kurup as we feared and offered to show us the movie before release. Once I watched it I understood that there was more to the story than I had heard all this time and that it was important that it reached people. There was no glorification of the man who killed my father, ”Jithin said with relief.

Chacko / Courtesy – Jithin

His mother Santhamma did not watch the film. It had been hard enough having to tell the story over and over over the past 37 years. Chacko was only 32 at the time of her death, and Santhamma was pregnant with Jithin. That fateful night, Chacko stood in front of a movie theater in Karuvatta (in Alappuzha district), having finished his job there as a “cinema representative”. He hitchhiked with a group of men driving by. Unfortunately for him, they were Kurup’s accomplices, looking for a victim to kill and pass off as Kurup. They forced him to drink alcohol and ether and strangled him to death and took the body to a house belonging to Kurup where he was waiting for them. They burned his head and face in the house to avoid identification, then put him in Kurup’s car before setting it on fire.

“I didn’t watch that part, I left. But a friend who came with me told me that it had been shown honestly. I can’t say much about it either. All my knowledge of the incident comes from newspaper articles and interview snippets that I have heard my mother give over the years. I know how much it pains him every time to talk about it in so much detail. So I never asked him any questions about it.

Kurup’s Burnt Car / Courtesy – Dr B Umadethan’s Dead Men Tell Tales

Santhamma had also been upset by the announcement of the film and its teaser. Will they show Chacko and his family in a negative light, she feared. Santhamma and Jithin hadn’t heard of the movie Pinneyum when it was released five years ago. It wasn’t until much later that they realized that it was also Sukumara Kurup, but portraying him in a “sympathetic” light. “I don’t know how someone who knew the real story could make a movie like this. There was absolutely no sympathy for the Chacko family. They didn’t think about Chacko’s bereaved family, who was still alive, ”Jithin said.

Watch: Trailer of Kurup

Since Chacko’s death in 1984, the family has moved several times. For three years, they stayed in Chacko’s family home in Chathanad, then moved to Santhamma’s in Pathampally. Santhamma worked as a housekeeper at W&C Hospital all this time and raised Jithin with the help of parents. Later, they bought a piece of land nearby and built a house there. Jihin works in car sales.

Dulquer Kurup was announced some time ago, but had been delayed due to COVID-19. When production work resumed, the team released regular updates – a teaser, trailer, song, and a theatrical release date. In Kerala, it took longer for cinemas to reopen a second time as the pandemic refused to slow down. But as soon as the government gave the green light for an opening in late October, the Kurup team announced a release on November 12.

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