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TAMIL CINEMA:
Flawed Entertainer: Kandasamy


Cast: Vikram, Prabhu, Ashish Vidyarthi, Shriya Saran and Vadivelu
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Director: Susi Ganesan



Kandasamy, a Robin Hood story in Kollywood, seems to be a collage of movies including Ramana, Shivaji and Anniyan. Despite its technical brilliance, Kandasamy has a feel of déjà vu, managing to sustain interest only in parts.

Kandasamy , the lord at Thriuporur Murugan temple, becomes famous after a general belief that if you write your wishes in a paper and tie it on a tree, it will be fulfilled immediately. Kandasamy (Vikram), a la Robin Hood, emerges in the night to help people solve their problems. The sudden fame of the temple makes police suspicious. Tough CID inspector Parandhaman (Prabhu) investigates the issue.

Meanwhile, CBI officer Kandasamy (Vikram), part of its economic offences wing, takes up the task of exposing black money from rich and wealthy men. Interestingly both the Kanthaswamys are same. The CBI officer comes across Ponnusamy, also called PPP (Ashish Vidyarthi), a rich man. Kandasamy exposes his black money. In a bid to take revenge against Kanthaswamy, PPP’s daughter Subbulakshmi (Shriya) pretends to love him. A cat and mouse game starts and it is up to Kandasamy to figure out a way to succeed.

It is Vikram’s show all the way. The actor acts his heart out playing a suave CBI officer and the super hero Kandasamy. As a lovable Robin Hood, he excels in a variety of costumes.

Shriya Saran sports a different look, playing a gutsy role. Prabhu appears in a role that fails to interest while Ashish Vidyarthy and his team play cliched villains. The comedy track featuring Vadivelu serves no purpose.

Cinematographer N.K. Ekambaram captures the fast scenes well, while the Mexico scenes are shot in a dull tone. Devi Sri Prasad’s catchy musical score is appealing.

Kalapuli S. Thanu deserves credit for producing a movie that speaks on the rich and poor divide in a substantive way. Susi has made a sincere effort to give us an entertainer but he could have done better. He could have avoided a couple of songs to make the narrative faster. Doing away with a few comedy scenes by Vadivel could have made the tempo faster.
[Chennai Online]

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