Production: Pattiyal Sekar
Story-Direction: Balaji Devi Prasad
Star-casts: Krishna, Vijayalakshmi, Late actor Haneefa, Sampath, Santhana Bharathy, choreographer Kalyan and others
Music: Paul Jacob
Camera: Nirav Shah
Actor Krishna’s onscreen debut ‘Ali Baba’ was appraised for its unique storyline and heretical narration. With anticipations pointed towards specific reasons, it turned to be a special surprise towards climax. Well, this film ‘Katradhu Kalavu’ doesn’t hold any such suspenseful attributes, but has some interesting plot points adhered with twists and turns in latter part.
Much prior to valuating the film, there’s a substantial plus and a minus as well that perfectly delineates this film. The screenplay is so interesting, but the entire film could have been done even without the first half.
Say for instance, this film with 90-100mins could have been a sleek thriller, but the elongated narration with unwanted ingredients acts as a spoiler.
The film’s protagonist (Krishna) emerges out with a superb plan of benefiting students with special package. Just as the lad presents this concept to a leading bank official (Santha Bharathy), it’s all about disappointments. Sooner, when Krishna finds that his ideas have been stolen by the same person and being publicized under his credits, he turns very much infuriated. He gets himself involved in conniving acts with the aid of his sweetheart Krishnaveni (Vijayalakshmi).
Just as they plan to get married in Rameshwaram, they take refuge under a flower vendor (Sampath), unknowing about his real identity. Meanwhile, an officer from Intelligence Bureau (Kalyan) is fast on heels to bump them off. The flashback sequences leaves us surprised about the challenges and clashes involved between these characters.
Screenplay by Kumaravel is what it adds more light to this film while director Balaji Devi Prasad stumbles down on the very basic of plotting this script. The complete first half really irks us as you may find each and every sequence is unwanted. Say for instances, the lead duo conning victims is a old-hat concept. You’ll find lots of traces from Hollywood’s ‘Catch me if you can’ and Hindi’s ‘Bunty Aur Bubbly’.
Krishna could have maintained the appearances of his previous film as this one spots him like a refugee running out of food. Vijayalakshmi has to get herself into serious acting if she has any intentions of surviving at K-town. But somehow, the racy screenplay during second half diminishes these flaws. Haneefa’s performance is flawless while Sampath sleepwalks through his role. Kalyan as intelligence bureau officer does his job well, though there are lots of illogical facts involved in his character.
Nirav Shah deserves great appreciations as his eye-catching visuals stun us. To be precise, none of the cinematographers had captured Rameshwaram with such intensities and depth. Musical score by Paul Jacob is too loud and the film could have done better even without songs.
Just as mentioned above, the film should have been trimmed down with its duration and that might have yielded better results. With good casting of actors in supporting roles, the filmmaker could have opted for lead actors with some values amongst audiences.
What works: Second half, Sampath, Kalyan, cinematography
What doesn’t work: First half, Vijayalakshmi, Music and logics missing at many points