Friday 27 February 2015
In Tamil cinema, to reach the top and get mass base as a star, one has to do an action hero role. And the most preferred role is that of an honest no-nonsense cop who takes on the baddies. Sivakarthikeyan who made a smooth transition from television anchor to popular cinema as man with funny bone is now in this transition zone.
After doing seven boy-next-door roles in comedy based family entertainers, Siva the fastest rising star of Tamil cinema has chosen Durai Senthilkumar directed Kakki Sattai as his first mass hero film. And as per tradition, he plays an honest police constable who unearths organised crime in organ trade.
Mathimaran (Sivakarthikeyan) is an honest constable who does not like the corrupt going on's in the force. At one point of time, Mathiraman explodes at his higher official (Prabhu,) who challenges him to expose a sensitive case. Interestingly Mathi, along with his girlfriend Divya (Sri Divya) comes across an underworld organ trade run by a powerful don Durai (Vijay Raaz) who is backed by political leaders and the Police commissioner.
So, whatever an average movie-goer seeks- time-pass entertainment, is there in Kakki Sattai. And it is the comedy inspired performance from Sivakarthikeyan that keeps the film fresh. He is convincing, has a likable face and it goes beyond words that he is star material. Kakki Sattai has a familiar plot of organ trade (we saw it recently in Yennai Arindaal) is exaggerated and formulaic, but relies squarely on the charm of its leading man to pull off its over-the-top tone.
Technically, Kakki Sattai is top notch and looks grand on big screen; thanks to Anirudh who lifts the movie with his pulsating background score and peppy songs which look even more beautiful with Sukumar's eye-catching camera work. It must be admitted that after Sivakarthikeyan, all credits should go to Anirudh for the melodious 'Kadhal Kan Kattudhe ...' shot in Norway, the foot tapping 'I'm So Cool...' and the title song 'Kakki Sattai...'.
On the downside the plot of organ trade is too familiar for the audiences. Heroine Sri Divya has a sleepy look throughout and even in songs she lacks the energy and eye-candy feel needed for a heroine in mass films. Imman Annachi is a revelation as a comedian and his unique 'Thoothukudi' slang evokes some good laughter.
Vijay Raaz has done a commendable job as a cool yet powerful baddie while Prabhu has once again given a powerful performance as a practical police officer. Though comic episodes of Mano Bala appear to be forced, the spoof on adult comedian 'Hara Hara Mahadev Ki' brings the roof down.
On the whole, Kakki Sattai is a crowd-pleaser that knows exactly who its audience is.
Verdict-Time pass entertainer