Many years ago, R.V.Udhayakumar used to be a name to reckon with behind the camera. He made
the village milieu all his own with hits like Kizhakku Vaasal and Ponnumani and
directed movies with both Rajnikanth(Ejamaan) and
Kamalhassan(Singaravelan). After being missing in action
for long time he has resurfaced with Karka Kasadara. But the quality of the movie
makes us wish he had remained under the surface!
Rahul(Vikranth), who lives in Bombay, is visiting his grandparents' village to do research
for his thesis. They welcome him with open arms since they have never seen him (his dad earned
his parents' ire by marrying a North Indian woman). Paaru(Diya), a neighbor, falls for Rahul
but Rahul falls in love with Anjali(Lakshmi Rai), the local bigwig's sister. Naturally, the
bigwig is not too happy when he learns that Anjali has fallen for Rahul too.
When the movie starts, we are lulled into thinking that it might be a little different since
a stunt sequence is avoided when we come to expect it. But once the romance starts, we know
we in familiar territory. Diya falls in love at first sight with Vikranth. And then Lakshmi
Rai falls for him when she notices his love for animals(hmmm, if only she had met a
veterinary doctor before she saw Vikram, we would've been spared this movie!). The first
appearance of the affectionate-to-sister-but-cruel-to-everyone-else brother makes it clear
how the movie is going to proceed and we are not let down.
We are all familiar with the route of the screenplay in a film where the hero falls in love
with a heroine with a possessive relative. And Udhayakumar is no Lingusamy(Run)
when it comes to making the familiar screenplay interesting. His ideas are limited to making
the couple run into Kerala so that Vikranth can fight some Malayali goons. Speaking of the
segment in Kerala, I think Udhayakumar himself was under the influence of some of the famous
Kerala liquor when he thought up this segment. In a movie filled with ridiculous scenes, this
section takes the puttu. There's this scene where Lakshmi Rai moves from one injured
goon to the next, wiping the blood off their faces while talking, where I just burst out
laughing uncontrollably! And Vikranth, with his lover next to him, asks for a Shakeela-type
dance and then takes part in it! Good way to impress your lover!
Udhayakumar probably realised that his film had absolutely nothing new to offer to the large
section of the audience that looks for story, screenplay or characters(not that the realization
would have required a lot of thinking). So he has apparently decided to appeal to the small
section of the audience that goes to the movies primarily for skin show and vulgarity and loaded
the film with vulgarity. Neither romance nor comedy is left alone with both Vikranth's romancing
of Lakshmi Rai and his comedy scenes with Vadivelu being chockful of double entendres. And
the vulgarity in the lines and scenes that have been left alone by the censors makes us shudder
thinking about the original, untouched product.
Vikranth's only qualification is that he is Vijay's relative. He does look a lot like Vijay and
there are a lot of in-jokes referring to Vijay and his films just in case someone missed the
resemblance. I'm thinking Vijay must have encouraged Vikranth to act since after seeing Vikranth's
expressionless face and monotonous voice, even Vijay begins to look like a good actor! Lakshmi
Rai and Diya around for one purpose only and they do that without much ado. Vadivelu seems to
be slipping back to his unfunny routines after making us laugh in movies like
Giri and Chandramukhi. Seetha once again
plays the downtrodden wife while Charuhasan and Manorama are cliched movie grandparents.