Policemen may be smarter than moviemakers when it comes to investigation, suggested Jeethu Joseph, whose blockbuster Drishyam hit headlines this week after a double murder accused said he watched the crime thriller 17 times to get ideas of destroying evidence.
Mobin Mathew, who was arrested in Edathua on Monday for the murder of a friend and later an accomplice, told the police that he had watched the Mohanlal-starrer again and again while he planned the murders to get away like the protagonist. He then initiated the formation of a citizen’s committee to seek justice for the victim and to remove any shadow of doubt from him, like the character from another investigative movie, Sethurama Iyer CBI.
Jeethu Joseph said he was pained to hear that his movie influenced a man in a negative way but insisted that different people reacted to movies differently. “There is nothing in our society that is not misused. That is how I view the report that the double murder accused watched Drishyam 17 times to destroy evidence. Cinema’s impact on the audience is very personal. A girl had decided to open up to her parents after watching the movie. That is the positive side of it.
“If a person decides to absorb only the negative aspects, it is a problem with his values. A prisoner in Tihar had said in a survey that he became a murderer only because he watched some movies in which some people were beating up others for a long time without killing them.
“Though the protagonist in Drishyam was shown to be giving the police a miss, such an incident would have left a train of evidence for the police had it been in real life.” Mobin Mathew, the Drishyam fan, learned it the hard way. The police unearthed every piece of evidence he tried to destroy and nailed him in the murder cases. He actually drew the cops' suspicions towards him after he offered alibis like Mohanlal even though he was not a suspect yet.
He is accused of strangling Madhu after a booze party near a paddy field on Aprill 19. He was helped by another friend Linto. Mathew and Linto dumped the body. Once he suspected that Linto was about to crack up, he called him to Alappuzha on June 9. Linto’s decomposed body was found near a railway track on September 19. Mathew has confessed to both the murders.
The police arrested Mathew’s uncle Joseph Mathew and cousin Jofin Joseph for helping him in both the murders. Mathew’s father Mathew K Mathew has also been named an accused. Efforts are on to get him back to the country.
The police have also recovered the fish cart used to dump Linto’s body near the railway track.