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Language : Malayalam
Genre : Mystery Crime Thriller
Apr 02,2021
Music Director : Sreerag Saji
Banner : Anto Joseph Film Company, Plan J Studios
Box Office : Cr
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Alex Parayil (Soubin Shahir), a writer and businessman, and his girlfriend Archana Pillai (Darshana Rajendran) plan to take a weekend off with no cell phones, where Alex promises Archana a surprise. En route, their car breaks down in the rain, and the couple attempt to take shelter at a nearby house. At the house, they are taken in by the owner of the house (Fahadh Faasil), who tells them the telephone line is not working on account of the storm and permits them to stay the night. The trio get to talking during which the eccentric house owner criticizes Alex’s book , ‘’Irul’’, based on a true series of serial killings, as being inaccurate and heavily imaginative, rather than relying on actual facts and information. Mid-conversation, the power supply in the house gets cut, and Alex and the owner attempt to locate the main switch of the electricity in the basement. Suddenly, a gunshot is heard, and when Archana follows the sound, she sees Alex dragging the unconscious house owner back to the living room and tying him up, accusing the latter of being the serial killer upon whom Alex’s book was based. The owner wakes up and denies this, saying he is a thief who broke in and disconnected the phone line, but Alex refuses to allow Archana to make any call to the police, revealing that the house is his. Alex then reveals how his plan was to bring Archana there and propose to her, but was surprised to find a stranger in his house, but decided to play along out of curiosity. They both provide contradicting stories of what happened in the basement, saying there was the corpse of a girl in there who was killed in the same manner as the serial killings, as Alex and Unni blame the murders on each other. Archana begins to question Alex’s innocence, as Unni reveals he found multiple rings in the house opposed to the one ring that Alex showed, a gun that belonged to Alex, and the fact that Alex bought a cellphone when he prohibited Archana from doing so. Eventually, the three land in the basement to check the corpse, where Alex begins to assault Unni, while Archana attempts to fire at Alex. Alex, on Unni’s provocation, decides to kill and bury the latter, as Archana concludes that Alex is the killer, and shoots him in the stomach. As Alex begins to succumb to the wound and asks Archana to leave the house, Unni creeps from behind her and gets her to pull the trigger, revealing himself as the killer. The following day, news reports of the three corpses of Alex, Archana, and the girl identified as Vani Balan, is forecasted with reports that the 8-homicide killer is still at large.
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"The set-up of this Fahadh Faasil and Soubin Shahir starrer has promise and the actors are up for it too. However, the story-telling lets them down."
Shubhra Gupta Indian Express


"A disappointing thriller"


"Irul is an interesting watch for sure, but whether it has that wow or shock factor at the end is in that debatable space."
Aswin Bharadwaj S Lensman


"Irul engages with minimalistic characters, surprise twists and good making."
Behindwoods Review Board Behindwoods


"Loo Break: certainly not. Even if there is predictability, Fahadh, Darshana, the cinematographer and the editor do not let you lose attention."


"Fahadh Faasils Stellar Performance Saves This Dark Cat And Mouse Game!"
Akhila R Menon Filmbeat


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