Starring: Jayasurya, Anu Sithara, Renji Panicker, Siddique.
Director: Prajesh Sen
This biopic of V.P. Sathyan, Kerala’s and India’s football team captain in the ’90s, injects a dose of adrenaline into the veins of a resurgent Kerala. But ironically, neither captain nor sport received the adulation they richly deserved in his heyday—and this neglect is the premise of the film’s narrative. Captain traces the personal life of Sathyan as well as the eclipsing of football by cricket in the state between 1992 and 2006. (The film skips the ’80s when Sathyan began scaling the heights.) Even though the Kerala team under young Sathyan’s captaincy lifted the Santosh trophy in 1992 after a drought of 18 years, the once...