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Flawed Entertainer: Kandhakottai
Cast: Nakul, Poorna, Sampath Raj, Santhanam
Director: S. Sakthivel
In Kandhakottai, the roles of the hero and the heroine have been set diametrically opposite each other. While the hero (Nakul) hates the word “love,” the heroine (Poorna) takes it upon herself the onerous responsibility of taking all possible efforts to unite in matrimony the couples in love.
As it always happens with Tamil films, the two meet and invariably fall in love. Kandhakottai shows how the duo manages to overcome the many impediments that are placed in their way.
The reason given for Nakul’s hatred of love lacks credibility. Nakul’s parents, who loved each other before marriage, ended up fighting bitterly, and the viewer is expected to believe that is what has turned off Nakul.
Nakul, fresh from back-to-back successes opposite Sunaina in Kadhalil Vizhundhaen and Maasilamani, is mischievous and appears a bundle of energy. As the film doesn’t require him to emote seriously, his acting capabilities, such as it is, fortunately go untested. Dancing is his forte and he dazzles.
Poorna, seen opposite Bharath in her debut film Muniyandi Vilangiyal Moondramaadu, looks fresh and manages to find a place in the viewers’ hearts. Comparisons with Asin are a bit premature.
The director’s ploy in taking up the first 20 minutes or so to explain the characteristics of the lead pair irritates us no end.
Santhanam, who charmed us in the recent Kandaen Kadhalai, appears for the umpteenth as the hero’s friend and this time accompanies Nakul. Santhanam appears to be aping Goundamani, if one goes by his high-pitched dialogue delivery. His double-meaning dialogues make viewers stir in their seats.
The first-half is without any twists and turns but the second half has an unexpected twist which startles the viewers.
Its high time Tamil cinema moved away from the age-old and clichéd way of depicting the villain as a blood-thirsty rogue, all of it a pretext to project the hero’s ultra-violent action sequences.
The film has all the ingredients of a surefire commercial hit, but the director’s carelessness in handling the screenplay might become a stumbling block.