Nayattu movie review (2021)

Streaming on Netflix

Rating: 4/5

Time: 2 hours, 1 minute

Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Joju George, Nimisha Sajayan, Jaffer Idukki

The hunters become the hunted in Nayattu (meaning ‘The Hunt’ in Malayalam). Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, two policemen and one policewoman are on the run after being accused of murdering a Dalit political operative. Caste politics are often complex in India but more so during election time. Rather than investigate what really transpired, the political party in power gives the order to arrest the police officials to pacify its vote bank. It also does not matter that two of the police officials are Dalits themselves.

Nayattu holds a mirror to the workings of the dangerous politician-police nexus. From being perpetrators of corrupt practices at the bidding of powerful political brokers, the three hapless police officials find themselves pawns in the political game. As Maniyan (played by Joju George) wryly remarks “Even goons have the freedom to accept or reject such jobs.”

Nayattu’s story and script is written by an actual policeman, Shahi Kabir, which brings a refreshing authenticity to the movie. The cinematography by Shyju Khalid is superb as he brings the beauty of Munnar to the screen. His night shots of the three protagonists on the run make for stunning visual impact. Overall, Martin Prakkat’s Nayattu is a thrilling watch that will keep you glued to the screen till the end.