- 2 hr 14 min
Jagratha is a 1989 Malayalam film directed by K. Madhu and starring Mammootty, Mukesh, and Jagathy Sreekumar in the lead roles. The film revolves around the story of a police officer who tries to crack a series of murders that occur in a city. The movie was a commercial success and received critical acclaim for Mammootty's portrayal of the lead character.
The film opens with a string of murders happening in the city, and the police force under Mathew (Mammootty) is frantically searching for the culprit. The murderer always leaves behind a note that reads 'Jagratha' (meaning, be careful). The police department is under intense pressure to find the killer before he/she strikes again. Mathew, being an intelligent and experienced police officer, starts his investigation with a fresh approach and wide-ranging theories.
Mathew's approach to the case is different from the other police officers, and he tries to find a clue to the murderer's identity with his sharp intellect. He goes undercover as a taxi driver to find some leads, and his cunning tactics result in a breakthrough - he comes across an earring left in his car by a mysterious female passenger. He traces the woman, and from there, the pieces of the puzzle start coming together.
The film features a stellar cast, including Mukesh, who plays a supporting role as a journalist who helps Mathew in his investigation. Mukesh's character is witty and lively, and he plays an important role in the story. Jagathy Sreekumar, on the other hand, plays the role of a comic relief character, who adds some humor to the otherwise serious plot.
The film's direction by K. Madhu is commendable, as he keeps the audience engaged throughout the film. The screenplay is well-written, and the dialogs are sharp and to the point. The film's climax is well-executed, and the suspense is maintained till the very end. The music by Shyam is soul-stirring, especially the song 'Jagratha,' which has become a hit among the masses.
The film's cinematography by Vipin Das is excellent, and he has captured the various moods of the film brilliantly. The camera angles are innovative, and the lighting techniques add to the film's overall impact.
Overall, Jagratha is a well-made film with all the necessary elements of a thriller - suspense, action, drama, and emotion. Mammootty's performance as Mathew is outstanding, and he has delivered one of his best performances ever. The film is a must-watch for those who love suspense thrillers and for those who want to see Mammootty in action. Jagratha remains one of the most memorable films in Malayalam cinema history and continues to be a favorite among audiences even after 30 years of its release.