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Kappela The Movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMuhammad Musthafa
Produced byVishnu Venu
Written byMuhammad Musthafa
StarringAnna Ben
Sreenath Bhasi
Roshan Mathew
Music bySushin Shyam
CinematographyJimshi Khalid
Edited byNoufal Abdullah
Kadhaas Untold
Distributed byLocal Theatres
Release date
  • 6 March 2020 (2020-03-06) (Theatrical)
  • 22 June 2020 (2020-06-22) (Netflix)
Running time
113 minutes

Kappela (transl. Chapel) is a 2020 Indian Malayalam-language romantic thriller film[1][2] written and directed by Muhammad Musthafa (in his directorial debut). The film stars Anna Ben, Sreenath Bhasi, and Roshan Mathew. The music was composed by Sushin Shyam. The plot follows a phone call romance between an auto rickshaw driver, Vishnu, and a village girl, Jessy, who have never met each other. The film was released in theatres on 7 March 2020 and on Netflix on 22 June 2020.


Jessy is the eldest of the two daughters of a modest family from the countryside of Wayanad, called Poovaranmala. The typical middle-class family finds a livelihood by farming and Jessy's mother Mary stitches clothes to make earnings for the family.

One day, when Jessy returns from town after collecting lining for her mothers' work, Mary tells her to call one of her clients and confirm the measurements for a blouse. Jessy dials a wrong number that is picked by Vishnu who is an auto rickshaw driver from Malappuram. Vishnu calls her back over again a few times, they gradually develop a romantic relationship without seeing each other. When Jessy receives a marriage proposal from Benny, she decides to meet Vishnu and travels to Kozhikode.

Once she arrives at Kozhikode, Jessy tries calling Vishnu on phone, since he had promised to meet her at the bus terminal. However, Vishnu loses his phone in a scuffle and a passerby steals it. Roy, who witnessed it, gets the phone from the thief and meets up with Jessy instead. Since Jessy and Vishnu had never seen each other, she misidentifies Roy to be Vishnu. But Vishnu finds her and Roy leaves them, returning the phone to Vishnu.

The couple then tours the city and soon realizes that Roy is stalking them. Vishnu confronts him and they get into a fight at a park. Vishnu leaves with Jessy and they book a room at a lodge to wash their dirty clothes. The lodge owner, who is an acquaintance of Vishnu, visits them in the room and asks them if they were going to Mangalore that day. Jessy is confused, Vishnu pulls the lodge owner out of the room away from Jessy. They discuss him having borrowed money from someone and his duty to transport her. The owner also asks him to send pictures of Jessy to someone.

When Vishnu gets back to the room, Jessy who has now become suspicious tries to leave the room to return to her hometown. Vishnu coerces her to prevent her from leaving. Meanwhile, Roy tracks them down and arrives at the lodge. A fight ensues between them, Roy manages to subdue Vishnu and rescue Jessy. At the same time, the police arrests Vishnu's accomplices from his home. Roy helps her safely board the bus back to her hometown.



Kappela was the directorial debut of actor Muhammad Musthafa, who was also the writer and has appeared in a role in the film.[3][4] The film was produced by Vishnu Venu through the production company Kadhaas Untold. Jimshi Khalid was the cinematographer and Sushin Shyam composed the music.[5][6][7] The film was shot in Poovaranthode, Thenjippalam, Alungal, and Chelapram, Kozhikode.


Soundtrack album by
Released21 March 2020
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelMillennium Audios
ProducerSushin Shyam
Sushin Shyam chronology
Anjaam Pathiraa
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music of the film was composed by Sushin Shyam with lyrics penned by Vishnu Shobhana.

List of songs[8]
1."Kannil Vidarum"Vishnu ShobhanaSooraj Santhosh,
Swetha Mohan
2."Kadukumanikkoru"Vishnu ShobhanaSithara Krishnakumar01:35
Total length:05:02


The official trailer of the film was launched by Millennium Audios on 18 February 2020.[9] The film was released in theatres on 6 March 2020 but could not continue its theatrical run due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later on, the film was released through the online streaming platform Netflix on 22 June 2020.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. Sajin Shrijith of The New Indian Express rated 4 in a scale of 5 and said that "Kappela is the latest entry from Malayalam cinema that joins the league of films that managed to create something brilliant out of minor incidents. It's yet another testament to the fact that focused writers and directors can do wonders regardless of the scale of the material".[11] Gulf News wrote that "Kappela's writing and screenplay with well-sketched characters is its biggest strength. The narration is simple, the mood and tone rooted in reality, conversations are real as the story glides smoothly like a well-oiled machine lending a fly on the wall experience. [...] The casting is pitch perfect and lead actors Anna Ben, Roshan Mathew and Sreenath Bhasi are fantastic".[12]


  1. ^ Balachandran, Logesh (30 June 2020). "Anurag Kashyap reviews Muhammad Musthafa's Kappela: Such an incredible screenplay". India Today. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. ^ Express News Service (14 May 2020). "Roshan Mathew's Kappela to soon stream on Netflix, Biju Menon's 41 on Sun Nxt". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Second look of Kappela out". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  4. ^ "National Award-winning actor Musthafa turns director - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Anna Ben-Roshan Mathew film titled 'Kappela'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Anna Ben and Roshan Mathew to romance in 'Kappela'? Here's the second look poster". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  7. ^ "'Kappela' to release on February 28". The Times of India. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ https://www.malayalachalachithram.com/listsongs.php?m=6348
  9. ^ Kappela - Official Trailer - Anna Ben - Roshan Mathew - Sreenath Bhasi - Muhammad Musthafa. Millennium Audios. YouTube. 18 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Kappela Movie Review: A well-made story on women's travails". The Times of India. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  11. ^ Shrijith, Sajin (7 March 2020). "'Kappela' review: A perspective-altering drama". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  12. ^ Ramachandran, Mythili (24 June 2020). "'Kappela' excels as a small-town tale with a big heart". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 June 2020.

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