Kashmora review: Second half makes up for downer first

Published: 29th October 2016 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2016 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

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A Still from Kashmora

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Not again is the first thought, as the film opens and we get to watch almost the same scenario that we had seen in quite a few films of the recent past (Mass, Aavi Kumar etc). Here, the hero who fakes to be a ghostbuster and cons people gets the fright of his life when face to face with a ghost. The first half of the film has nothing novel to offer. It’s in the second half that the plot opens up a spectacular scenario that almost mitigates the negative effect of the earlier part.


When we are introduced to Kashmora (Karthi), he is a fake ghost-buster. Kashmora’s whole act gives one a sense of deja vu. A couple of fun moments are provided by Vivek who essays Kashmora’s father and partner-in-crime.


There is the potential love-angle where Yamini (Sridivya) who claims to be researching on the existence of ghosts, approaches Kashmora to be an observer in his acts. But it’s a weak track.

Film: Kashmora
Director: Gokul
Cast: Karthi, Nayanthara,
Sridivya,Vivek, Lohitashwa,
Madhumitha


But as a respite comes the film’s second half. Where Kashmora’s life takes a turn when he on request goes to a remote haunted bungalow to exorcise the place of ghosts. The graphics here is imaginatively designed. The whole backstory of the evil ruthless warrior Raj Nayak (Karthi) and the harassed princess Rathna (Nayanthara) has a fairy tale feel to it.

Nayak is a sight to behold with Karthi playing it to perfection. The ‘gladiator’ styled look sits well on him, his take on the character revealing a new dimension to his performance. Nayanthara appears towards the latter part. The technical aspect is laudable. The sets are well designed, stunts and battle scenes ably choreographed. The visuals and background score enhance entertainment quotient. Engaging is the final face-off between Kashmora and Nayak. In the final analysis, what lifts the film from being a total downer is its spectacular canvas in the second half, Karthi’s splendid take on Nayak and Nayanthara’s gorgeous screen presence.

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