Production: K. Anand Chakravarthy
Star-casts: Vishnu, Saranya Mohan, Kishore and others.
Music: V. Selvaganesh
Cinematography: J. Laxman Kumar
Quite sometimes, few flicks keep our expectations surmounting and of course ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ isn’t an elision. But again, there’s a question rising to our minds why always certain filmmakers dealing with offbeat themes land up with a sad ending, probably of tragedy. ‘Poo’, ‘Subramaniapuram’ have been the best illustrations of these different sorts. Both are at farthest extremes not getting audiences adhered to the tale.
Debutant Susindhran much prior to film’s release had a statement that it is based on his dad’s life who lead a team ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’. It has a series of sequences that keeps us with trite approach. At some extents, it makes you laugh while emotional on certain portions. But a flimsy tale doesn’t pick anyone’s interest.
Wanna hear what audiences say after the show? ‘We wasted our money buying tickets’…
Take our word; films carrying the theme of ‘Sports’ has always a great welcome. Be it ‘Lagaan’, ‘Chak De India’, ‘Chennai 600028′, each and everyone topped the charts at box office. But then, ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ hasn’t got lots of game on Kabadi. For your kind attention, you get to see those portions for 30mins. Rest of it is something clichéd where most of the portions aren’t gripping.
A small town guys name their team as ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ and for a pathetic part, they haven’t won a single match… ‘Losers’ is what the entire village calls them. Protagonist Maari (Vishnu) isn’t a savior for this team (Not being a hero is a great surprise). There happens to be a village festival where Maari goes mesmerized by beautiful girl (Saranya Mohan) (he doesn’t get to know her name all throughout the film). Both fall in love expressing it through their eyes and few words. With their souls mingled, they have no intentions about departing from each other. She promises to meet him next year for the same festive occasion and our hero is almost like a Half-Devdas. Then it’s time for a District Level Kabadi Competition where they are losers again. But then, with a coach (Kishore) entering into their team, everything changes. Don’t assume, it’s a film about ‘Vennila Team’ winning the match and hero joining hands our heroine.
Don’t expect more from us anymore…. Watch the rest only to get disappointed.
Debutants getting on with a different theme is something off-the-wall. Vishnu being a former cricketer should’ve has helped him to emote well on the scenes involving sportsmanship. He’s good on all quotients and Saranya Mohan brims with a matured performance from previous films. Her smiles carry off the hearts of young guys. Of course, you happen to listen for more claps when she appears on the screens. Kishore is mind-boggling on his part and he can look ahead for more big offers. Hope! He doesn’t play baddie roles like in ‘Jayam Kondan’.
Laxman Kumar from the school of Rajiv Menon hasn’t embellished anything special on the screens. He has focused more on grading each frame that gives artificial look of colorization. Musical score by Selvaganesh is brilliant on both songs and background score. Many sequences sans background score especially during the game duration is something new and innovative.
Susindhran comes up with a good script in hand. The film is really entertaining throughout, but why such an appalling climax? It looks odd as if purposely done to create an impact on audiences.
As a whole, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu is something moderately good. But the climax has it all spoiling everyone’s moods when they’re out from show.