Kaalakkoothu review: A predictable drama set in Madurai
While the friendship angle is quite good, their conflicts with the politicians and big shots in the village look forced
Friday 25 May 2018
Prasanna, Kaliyarasan, Sai Dhanshika, Srushti Dange
The best part of director Nagarajan’s Kaalakkoothu is the initial fifteen minutes about friendship between schoolboys in Madurai. All the three boys are brilliant, especially the one who acted as the young Prasanna. All the actors have tried their best to justify the roles given to them but the story and screenplay let them down and anyone who has watched ‘Madurai’ based films like Subramaniapuram and Paruthiveeran would easily guess the ending.
Those who love Easwaran (Prasanna) wouldn’t be there for him, God is so cruel that his parents passed away in his childhood. Easwaran’s relationship with Hari (Kalaiyarasan) actually begins with a fight but as soon as the the latter lost his mother, they become good friends. Easwaran is a serious guy after he loses his parents and grandad whereas Hari has the ‘I don’t care’ attitude in life. As they grow up, Hari is in love with Gayathri (Sai Dhanshika) and Revathi (Srushti Dange) falls head over heels for Easwaran. If you think that the story of two friends will have a happy ending, then you can book a ticket for this film but others can go watch the classic Subramaniapuram once again.
As said earlier, the performance of the actors is really good. Technically too, Justin Prabhakaran has given hummable melodies and solid background score to the film, PV Shankar has also beautifully captured the Madurai locales with his bright lighting and colorful frames. But the director has nothing new to offer in the screenplay and treatment that we get a sense of deja vu.
While the friendship angle is quite good, their conflicts with the politicians and big shots in the village look forced. For example, in Subramaniapuram, the conflict of the protagonists (Jai and Sasikumar) with Samuthirakani is organic but in Kaalakkoothu it looks forced. The scene where Srusti Dange betrays Prasanna should be the highpoint of the film but we are unable to connect with the characters.
Overall, Kaalakkoothu is a predictable drama set in Madurai with the usual revenge angle and tragic ending.
Kaalakkoothu review - Verdict: A Predictable drama
Reactions from social media
Haricharan Pudipeddi @pudiharicharan
#Kaalakkoothu works decently as a friendship-based drama, striking all the right chords, despite treading a very predictable path. @KalaiActor and @Prasanna_actor play their parts aptly. Justin's music is a huge plus.
#Kaalakkoothu - Just a passable film in which each n everything is predictable ! Nothing much to say about it..Pakalam pakamalum irukalam..
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Kaalakkoothu - A rural film (shot 3 yrs back) based on the thick friendship between 2 young men - the romance & conflicts in their lives. Violent, dramatic end. @justin_tunes music is a big +ve - good melodies. @Prasanna_actor @KalaiActor @SaiDhanshika do their given parts well
@SaiDhanshika plays an important role in #Kaalakkoothu