After the inevitable controversies, Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s Kaththi, one of the biggest and most anticipated films of the year is finally out for the grand release worldwide. The film had run into some trouble due to several issues like threats to theatres owners from tamil activists, the Lyca production connection and as well as the alleged content type of the movie and after all the hype, wanted / unwanted hoopla, the senasational Vijay’s highly awaited and the second release of the year is here on the silver screen for Diwali. Despite all these drama and low key promotions, the blockbuster factor (Thuppakki) of Vijay and director A.R.Murugadoss reuniting for the second time had made the level of expectations only grow bigger with each passing day.
Story : Jeevanantham (Vijay), a social communist and a campaigner from a village is fighting for a group of villagers. Their agricultural land in a small village is being illegally taken over by a multinational corporate head (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and meanwhile we see Kathiresan (Vijay) and his friend (Sathish) are small time petty theives leading their own life for daily bread and butter. On one interesting incident, we see a substitution for Jeevanantham in the form of Kathiresan who leads the fight. So do they win over the corporate company on the land issue or not follows the rest.
Director A.R.Murugadoss comes up with a neatly packaged social message drama which is inspiring and an induction of self awareness to say the least. Director A.R.Murugadoss is one of those directors who indulges in heavy weight scripts with ease and if Ramana was one of those solid social message film from him that came years ago, Kaththi is a sharp yet an emotional film with a mix of hard-hitting social messages and stas which are burning issues of our country. The film traverses relevant social issues like farmer suicide, the fraudulents in multinational corporations who are the devils in disguise, water scarcity, media who are only interested in sensationalising news, corporates taking over the economy and the contrast lifestyle between village and urban community is concerning the modes of production. Hats Off to Murugadoss who made sure the preachifying tone of the film does not increase
exponentially anywhere without any commercial compromises. Kudos to him for picking up Vijay for this film which has a lot of scope to showcase his strengths and it has payed off wonderfully. The execution and treatment from the director is sure to win over the people.
Vijay is indeed the highlight of the film with the terrific performance in a dual role who carries the film to the winning post. He excels both as Kathiresan and Jeevanantham big time for the first time and shows stark difference. He has done full justice to the author backed role where he is required to show a lot of emotions, humour, songs and fight sequences in right proportions. From the performance point of view, one could consider this as his best and brave in recent times. His camaraderie with the old men and his friend look very pleasant. The interval block of I am waiting from Thuppakki put fans go crazy and audience went berserk. The monolgue that Vijay utters about communism, rationalism and globalization in the press meet scene is sure to be the spotlight of the film. Samantha’s role is very limited and she comes for few scenes and songs, she looks cute and attractive, thats about it. Sathish is an absolute delight on screen, he brings the roof down with his one liners and changes course as the mature guy when the film proceeds in the second half. Neil Nitin Mukesh does a good job as a menacing villain in his debut, his style and slendered attitude packs a punch. The rest of the supporting cast like the old men and special appearances were adequate.
Technically : George Williams, the man behind the lens does a commendable job with a top-notch camerawork as he successfully translates the beauty of locations on the big screen, while capturing the frenzied atmosphere of Chennai and Kolkata to perfection. The vision on the wide canvas with his lighting and night effect shots are extraordinary! The young sensation – music by Anirudh, his work only gets noticed in the background score with his terrific theme music of Bad Eyes and Sword Of Desitiny being used effectively as the songs only end up breaking the flow of the narrative albeit being peppy hummbale numbers. Aathi Ena Nee and Selfie Pulla take the top slot for the rich visuals and sets. Editor Sreekar Prasad does a decent work but otherwise could have used the scissors better for the sluggish pace in first half. Stunts by Anal Arasu is breathtaking and art direction by ‘Lalgudi’ Ilayaraja is praiseworthy. The VFX team has worked hard but yet the clumpsiness never went in some scenes.
On the flip side, Kaththi takes a backseat due to some drawbacks like the song placements are nothing but mere speed breakers, the romantic portions in first half could be trimmed as the core story never picks up until the interval block. The logics in the film is taken for granted and leaves a lot to be desired. The character sketch for Samantha and Jeevanantham could have been a little better.
Nonetheless, Kaththi is socially conscious entertainer with a lot of messages that gets conveyed, the film sees blunt edges at instances but quite SHARP at crucial places. Definitely the best bet for this Diwali!