Production: Shailendra Singh
Star-casts: Prakash Raj, Shreya Reddy and many others
Music: M.G. Sree Kumar
Priyadarshan has been delivering two genres of flicks throughout his career. One would be the most versatile films that have good essence of pre-independence era while the other is all about the awkward remakes. So, if Billu Barber was one such remake, here’s Kanchivaram that falls under the first category. It’s a beautiful tale made purposely for International Film Awards that didn’t find its place anyhow. Of course, you had Priyadarshan himself weeping down the victory of Slumdog Millionaire.
Kanchivaram doesn’t make you feel sitting in theatres more than 5 minutes and you’ll seeking for freshness. Indeed, if there are any viewers who’ve already booked the tickets, kindly refund them.
Vengadam (Prakash Raj) is poverty-ridden silk weaver dwelling with his wife across the backdrops of pre-independence era. He promises that he would gift his daughter a silk sari for her marriage. It turns to be the talk of town when he says so, because it isn’t an easy deal those day for making such big things. Vengadam keep earning to his best and saves them for buying a lavish silk sari. But his dreams are spoilt, when his brother in law shatters his plans down. With no options left, he keeps stealing a silk strand everyday from his work place. Even after 19years, he isn’t able to complete it. Meanwhile, breakdown of Communism in India has a great impact on Vengadam when he has start protesting against the disloyalty towards Silk weavers. The workplace is shutdown and Vengadam can no more steal any strands….
Would he live up to his daughter’s expectations or go on the paths of communism forms crux of the story.
Prakash Raj performs with a top-notching efforts as he gets under the skin of Vengadam’s characterization. Shreya Reddy deserves grand round of applause. Everyone on the screens have turned to be more adhered to the characterizations they’ve played.
Musical score by Sreekumar is commendable and cinematography by Thiru goes extraordinary.
As mentioned earlier, everyone (cast and crew) have done a good job. But Priyadarshan’s flimsy screenplay spoils the mood of audiences who wouldn’t be patient to sit and watch the entire film…