Kavan Movie Review

Kavan might look like Docu-Drama by first hour, but gains the grip in latter moments.

Reviews 31-Mar-2017 3:30 PM IST RM Comments

Direction : K. V. Anand
Production : AGS Entertainment
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, T. Rajender, Vikranth, Madonna Sebastian
Music : Hiphop Tamizha
Cinematography : Abinandhan Ramanujam
Editing : Anthony

Aftermath success of ‘Ko’, KV Anand returns back with a journalism based thriller, this time set against the backdrops of corporate realms. The film features Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian, Vikranth and T Rajendran in lead roles. Hip Hop Tamizha has composed music for this film, which is bankrolled by AGS Entertainment.

Synopsis

Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian along with colleagues in a leading satellite TV channel are tested by trials to stand between the truth and corporate politics. They are urged by situations to get the truth behind a serious social issue, which has distressed the lives of innocent people due to industrial pollution. Will the corporate tricks and fraudulent politicians allow them to accomplish their task?

Analysis

There are couple of cherry-picks, which might too short or perhaps many would have missed it, but it shows the depth of intensity worked by KV Anand and his team of writers (Subha). There is a particular sequence, where TR is seen promoting a sexual health and he refers the statement of Former President APJ Abdul Kalam When there is harmony in family, the world has its own peace and accord. When Vikranth is falsely accused as a terrorist group and he comes out to mosque to a stranger saying “Just follow my instructions and our people will take care.” These are the nuance traits of a good writer and filmmaker. But there is a slight confusion with the theory of media, where we find a same satellite channel hosting reality entertainment shows and political talk shows as well. KV Anand seems to have mixed up too many dramas together in the first half, which is completely irrelevant to the main core during second half. But then, the gripping moments in the second half tries to diminish the first hour elements. The reality singing and dance show that barks through the harsh truth behind the judgments and the scene where Vijay Sethupathi interacts with Bose Venkat, a ruffian turned politician are the best picks. The last 30 minutes of the film have been narrated well, though there are some logical quotients missing. Say for instance, the CCTV cameras set up everywhere in the forests and so on. The characterizations are very well written except for Vijay Sethupathi, who doesn’t try to shed off his local boy image. He slightly lacks the high elite journalistic approach, but the baddie Akashdeep Saighal and T Rajendran are very well etched. The cinematography is okay in places, but the background score and songs turn out to be a huge disappointment. Editing by Antony could have been yet better. Dialogues are strongly written.

Performance

When it comes to performance, it’s quite a multi-starrer like movie (though there are not many big names), but their characterizations are very well written. Who stands out to be absolute showstopper is Akashdeep Saigal, who does a brilliant job befitting the role of a CEO. He never loses his cool element and never takes on with cheap tricks manhandling anyone. He remains cool and composed during all situations. Vikranth has done a neat job with his performance. T Rajendran brings up a good show on his part… Although Vijay Sethupathi has a good screen presence, he could have yet more pushed the bars of his usual style. He looks too casual in many scenes. Maybe, he believes audiences love him for the routine slang and body language, but then he could have done the role of a topmost journalist is a much matured manner. Madonna Sebastian is brilliant with her performance. Pandiarajan, Bose Venkat and Darshana Rajendran are good. Cameo by Nasser is okay and Power Star Srinivas with his cameo steals the show.

What works?

1. Characterization and performance
2. Second half
3. Dialogues

What doesn’t work?

1. Running length, especially dragging first half
2. Songs and Background score

Overall, Kavan starts off with a lighter note, where the first hour looks like a documentary on the backstage and behind the scenes of satellite channels, but as it proceeds towards the post-intermission sequences, it has gripping moments laced with nuance performances.

Verdict : Kavan might look like Docu-Drama by first hour, but gains the grip in latter moments.

Rating : 5.5/10

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