Kasethan Kadavulada is old wine in a new bottle

Striking a different chord from his earlier action-centric films — Thee Nagar and Agam Puram, director Thirumalai has opted for the comic genre this time with Kasethan Kadavulada (KK). A remak

Published: 10th September 2011 01:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:00 PM   |  A+A-

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Striking a different chord from his earlier action-centric films — Thee Nagar and Agam Puram, director Thirumalai has opted for the comic genre this time with Kasethan Kadavulada (KK). A remake of the telugu flick Blade Babji (a rehash of the Blue Streak), KK is a comedy of errors and goof-ups.

The movie centres on a bag of money hidden by a gang, and the problems they face while trying to retrieve it. It’s a better effort than the director's earlier films. Saran, who played a brief role in the director’s Agam Puram, essays the protagonist here. He suits as Blade Bala, who handles the lighter scenes and the dance routine with fair competence.

Bala is a pick-pocket who indulges in petty thieving with his gang of friends (Satyan, Jiva). A do-gooder, he distributes the money among his needy neighbours in the colony where he stays. With the landlord deciding to sell off the place, Bala is given three months time to pay of the debt they owe the man, and claim the place back. The gang go to the city, their mission to rob a bank.

Things go as planned, and the group hide the bag of loot in a building under construction. Later, when they come to retrieve the money, they find in it’s place, a police control room. Kidnapping a new policeman who is to join duty, Bala impersonates him and enters the place.

They do find the bag later, but an empty one. What follows is a comedy of  errors and mix-ups with the money changing hands, and with both the cops and the thugs after the loot. The scene of the bank heist where another gang is on the looting mission too, and the mix up following it, provides some fun moments. Much of the happenings take place at the police station, and it’s some of the crudest scenes you get to see here.

The film doesn’t boast of any big names in its cast or technical crew. Low on technical values, it depends solely on its script to pull it through. There is a huge cast of comic actors here, with everyone getting equal space. Gags follow in quick succession, but not all are funny. The genuine fun moments are very few and far between.  And in a script of this type, it’s unreasonable to expect any logic.

The director has maintained an even paced narration. But it’s juvenile comedy at most times, and targeted at the lowest denominator in the audience.

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