Kasaba review: Tiring watch

Kasaba review: Tiring watch



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 08 July 2016

Movie Title

Kasaba review: Tiring watch


Nithin Renji Panicker

Star Cast

Mammootty, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

At times there comes some movies in Malayalam which are set in Pollachi. There will be a fiery looking ‘gounder’ with a Malayali wife and their beautiful daughter, who will be waiting to fall in love with the hero.

Likewise, when stories happen in Kerala-Karnataka border, it’s a free for all with no rules or logic as such. You should then be ready to swallow all that is shown on screen. The villains kill virtually anyone, including some cops, and whatever happens nobody really cares. Of course, until the hero sets his foot there. Then the villains start looking like jokers.

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The hero, in debutant director Nithin Renji Panicker’s Kasaba, is a Circle Inspector named Rajan Zachariah (Mammootty).

He is a chronic bachelor who is fearless and has women swooning over his ample charm. He speaks cheap lines even to women, but don’t forget, he is a gem at heart.

From the opening shot the story revolves around prostitution and you even feel that almost every female character in the film is desperately seeking sex and nothing else. The hero swears just like that and most of the dialogues are coated abundantly with double meaning tones.

There are some murders happening in the beginning of the story, involving a wily don turned politician Nambiar (Sampath) and his mistress, Kamala (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar), who runs a brothel.

Rajan gets his posting at the police station there and takes on the villains single handedly. He beats up every wrong doer in order to prove the murder case. In between there are fights, killings, heavy duty dialogues in plenty and scantily clad women gyrating their hips.

In the absence of a worthy script, the director is banking on style. The colour and the music are too loud. It is evident that things went out of the writer-director’s hands while adding too much masala for the masses.

The evergreen Mammootty looks dashing for his age and has come up with a dedicated performance. But the question is whether an actor of his stature and fan following should use this kind of profanities and suggestive lines, which can make you cringe.

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, who did a mesmerizing performance in Tharai Thappattai, does her part earnestly but she has nothing much to do other than to yell her dialogues and keep an arrogant posture, most of the times. The case is the same for Sampath, who looks good and impresses with his mannerisms, but has only limited scope to excel.

It is evident that Kasaba is meant to be a no holds barred entertainer. If you are fine about obscene dialogues and violence, this one could be a watchable fare. And for the fans of Mammootty, this could be a fun ride. But think again before going with your family for this one!

Kasaba Review: Verdict-Tiring watch

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