Chapters is a 2012 Malayalam film written and directed by debutant director Sunil Ibrahim. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Sreenivasan, Nivin Pauly, Hemanth Menon, Vijeesh, Dhananjay, Vineeth Kumar, Shine, Aju Varghese, Riya Saira, Rejith Menon, Gauthami Nair, K. P. A. C. Lalitha and Lena. In a narrative structure similar to hyperlink cinema, the film consists of four “chapters”, each related to the other in some or the other way. The film has a unique plot which talks about people who unknowingly ends up helping each other, in a series of events which take place precisely in two days and a night.
The film is produced by Shafeer Sait under the banner of Qurban Films in association with Campus Oaks and features music composed by Mejo Joseph, whilst cinematography is handled by Krish Kymal and the film is edited by V. Saajan. Campus Oaks is an entertainment company, conceptualised and driven by students of the 1995 batch of NSS Engineering College, Palakkad.
The film is narrated in text book format with every new link to the story is presented as a new chapter. The first chapter talks about four friends, Krishna Kumar (Nivin Pauly), Anwar (Hemanth Menon), Joby (Vijeesh) and Kannan (Dharmajan), who are unemployed and in need of quick money. To make some money for Krishna Kumar’s sister’s wedding, they venture out for a risky adventure that will make them rich. It all works out well until the end when their plan goes all awry.
In the second chapter, we see another group of six youngsters. Arun (Vineeth Kumar), Vinod aka Choonda (Shine), Kaanu (Aju Varghese) and Jincy (Riya Saira) is heading for a journey to a hill station, to register a marriage – that of Shyam (Rejith Menon) and Priya (Gauthami Nair). When the group return to their car after stopping for a brief while, they find a dead body in it. The group disperses in panic.
The third chapter is about a long bus journey. Sethu (Sreenivasan), a middle-aged man, is on his way to the hospital, where his young son awaits a surgery and chemotherapy. Because he is carrying a huge sum of money for his young son’s cancer treatment, Sethu is nervous and suspicious of his fellow passengers. Meanwhile, he strikes up a conversation with an old lady (K. P. A. C. Lalitha) sitting next to him who reveals that she has a son who is in jail.
In the fourth and final chapter, we see an anxious lady, Annie (Lena) waiting by her son’s bedside in the hospital awaiting her husband’s (Sreenivasan) arrival. She is astonished when he arrives with the money, but refrains from taxing him with further questions. She does manage to convince him however that the money that he has brought in should better be left where it truly belongs.
The final scenes explain how the different chapters are interlinked. Though some of the characters never meet, there is a link that connects them all.