All those who have watched Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Churuli on SonyLiv would have noticed the continuous usage of cuss words throughout by the actors. Many received WhatsApp forwards warning people about this fact so that they watch it at their own discretion.
Here’s one of the forwards that we received – “ചുരുളി ഇരുപത് മിനിറ്റോളം കണ്ട്… ഹെമ്മേ എവിടോ ഇരുന്ന ഹെഡ്സെറ്റ് തപ്പിയെടുത്തു ചെവിയിൽ വെക്കുന്നു☹️ ഇന്നോളം ഒരു മലയാള പടത്തിൽ ആകെമൊത്തത്തിൽ കെട്ട തെറിവിളിയെക്കാൾ ഭീകര സാനങ്ങൾ ഈ ഇരുപത് മിനിറ്റ് കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ കേട്ട്..”
Churuli begins with a disclaimer that it is meant for people above 18 years and has an A certificate.
In Churuli, two languages are spoken – Malayalam and a new language adopted by the villagers of Churuli. This may have confused a lot of viewers, in addition, to being exposed to a lot of curses thrown around.
According to The News Minute, political parties have created an issue regarding the use of cuss words in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Churuli. Sreejith Panicker, a pro-BJP vocalist, has come out saying that the makers have deliberately used so many cuss words to garner attention. He allegedly went on to say that OTT platforms need to have censorship to supervise the movie before releasing.
Not only Sreejith, but Congress leader Advocate Johnson Abraham also expressed his concerns about the language used in Churuli. So much that, he has sent a letter to the Chief Minister and the Director-General of Police regarding the same. According to him, films such as Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Churuli promotes a goon culture aka gunadism. We all know that this is an indirect dig at the controversy surrounding Joju George.
Our question is, instead of discussing the complicated beauty of the film, why should people be bothered about cuss words? The makers have shared that most of their dialogues are inspired by the language used on a daily basis by locals. Are Malayalis too sensitive to foul language that they would give importance to something baseless over appreciating art?
Geo Baby, in conversation with The Cue shared, “All movies originate from human life and the environment they live in. So, there’s no need to make a big deal about the cuss words used in Churuli. We share a lot through art, not just cuss words. That can be difficult for many. We just have to endure it all. We bring up little children without saying bad words. How long can we rear our children like that? That is just the vulgarity of society. I’m an artist who thinks that sex and all sorts of human things should come more and more through film.”
Churuli has garnered multiple reactions. From not being able to understand what happens over the course to fan theories, this movie has rightfully become a conversation starter. It even premiered during the IFFK in Kerala earlier this year. Have you watched the film yet? Let us know your thoughts.