Real ‘Kannur Squad’ watches Mammootty’s reel version in Kochi

ADGP Sreejith noted that the Mammootty-starrer made the Kerala Police proud and that it was a realistic movie, especially the first half.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 02, 2023 | 1:26 PMUpdatedOct 02, 2023 | 1:28 PM

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Mammootty’s Kannur Squad is having a good run in theatres. The movie reportedly collected an impressive ₹20 crore in the opening weekend. However, an official confirmation is yet to be made.

In real life, the Kannur Squad is a special crime investigation team formed by S Sreejith while he served as superintendent of police in the Kannur district.

In promotional interviews, scriptwriters Rony David Raj and Muhammed Shafi said they did meet the nine-member officers of the Kannur Squad to learn more about their operations.

The writers got the story idea from a news feature published in a leading Malayalam daily.

The squad watches their reel-version

Meanwhile, on Sunday, 1 October, S Sreejith — who is now serving as ADGP — and the other policemen from the Kannur Squad watched the Mammootty-starrer at the Vanitha-Vineetha Theatre in Kochi.

The production team, Mammoottty Kampany, posted a photo on social media saying, “When the Real Life Kannur Squad came to witness the Reel Life Kannur Squad.”

‘Makes Kerala police proud’

After watching the movie, ADGP Sreejith said the movie made the Kerala Police proud.

“We all like to do the action sequences as done by Mammootty in the movie. It’s also not possible to speak against the senior police officials as shown in the movie.”

Addressing the media after watching the flick, Sreejith noted that Kannur Squad is a realistic movie, especially the first half.

“Usually, we have queries regarding police stories which become a comedy genre later or a larger-than-life story. But this movie shows more about the Kerala Police,” he added.

The nine-member (real) Kannur Squad also congratulated the crew and appreciated Mammootty who played the role of ASI George Martin, the head of the Kannur Squad.

Director Roby Varghese Raj and scriptwriters Rony David and Shafi also watched the film with the cops.

The Tata Sumo, the vehicle used by the team in Kannur Squad, was kept outside the theatre for promotional purposes.

Related: ‘Kannur Squad’ is both realistic and cinematic

Good response

Released on 28 September without any hype, the flick is beating all the odds. It was released in 168 theatres and is now being screened in more than 330 screens.

It grossed ₹13 crore in Kerala in the opening weekend.

Interestingly, in Bengaluru, a hub for Malayalees, Kannur Squad was screened in a good number of theatres.

After the overwhelming response, Mammootty took to social media saying, “Your reviews and feedback about Kannur Squad are filling the hearts of our entire team.”

Also Read: It’s high time Malayalam filmmakers thought beyond ‘hype’!