Pavithra Srinivasan reviews Kullanari Koottam . Post YOUR reviews here!
Among all the sickle-waving, violent tales of Madurai, comes a mild love story that actually hits the right notes.
Debutant Sri Balaji's (co-director in Suseendran's Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu) maiden venture, Darshan Creations' Kullanari Koottam, does falter at some points but makes you forget the minor quibbles in this sedate romance.
The first half of the film has standard romantic fare, laced with mild comic interludes. You've got Vetri (Vishnu), an MBA-holder in Madurai who happens to have no job, loiters all hours of the day and depends on the Rs 10 his father hands him to tide him through expenses. His mother dotes on him, and he has an affectionate brother.
A chance mishap involving a cell-phone recharge (hilarious, this) puts him in the way of his love-interest, Priya (Remya Nambeesan), who's a zoology student. The two have a romance but problems crop up when Priya's father has no real objection to the marriage, except that his son-in-law has to be a policeman and Vetri's father has a horror of the police.
From here on, the tale gets a bit serious, and becomes a lot more engaging. The climax is a bit juvenile, and some sequences lack depth. Vishnu is his usual capable self, and such is his sincerity that you're carried away by his earnestness. Much of Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu's cast accompanies him. Suri, who is back to his humorous self, Appukkutti and Pandi who provide much colour to the proceedings.
Remya Nambeesan is pretty, expressive, and does well with what she's been given. The rest of the cast does well too, except perhaps Vetri's father, who looks a bit wooden.
V Selvaganesh's songs are reasonably melodious. J Laxman's camera-work fits the tone of the movie, while Kasi Viswanathan's editing could have been tighter.
Sri Balaji's script does lack logic in a few places and sags at times, but taken with its humour quotient, it's still a reasonably fresh attempt at a feel-good love story.