'Karoline Kamakshi' series review: Good cop, bad cop in a bad, bad show

Furkin is now lurking in Puducherry with the Virgin Mary, and Chidambaram asks Meena to team up with the French agent Karoline to save the day.

Published: 07th December 2019 10:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2019 10:50 AM   |  A+A-

Karoline Kamakshi Episodes 1-5

Karoline Kamakshi Episodes 1-5

Express News Service

Do you know Furkin?” asks a French agent. “I may be a bachelor but I am not a virgin, man. I know 14 different types of f***ing,” says CBI Director Chidambaram (Y Gee Mahendra). And trust me, that’s the most bearable joke of the first season of Karoline Kamakshi, an action-comedy series, which stars Meena (in her comeback to Tamil) and model-turned-actor Giorgia Andriani in the titular roles.

This show is based on a supposedly original concept by Vivek Kumar Kannan — a French detective named Karoline (Giorgia Andriani) and a Brahmin CBI officer, Kamakshi (Meena), have to track down international smuggler Furkin and stop him from selling a valuable artifact (called Virgin Mary)
that he stole from the fictitious National Museum of Paris.

Furkin is now lurking in Puducherry with the Virgin Mary, and Chidambaram asks Meena to team up with the French agent Karoline to save the day. The Tamil wife refuses. She has left that life behind her after entering wedlock. This is supposed to be a meta-reference to the life of Meena before and after marriage but it doesn’t land well. Currently, Kamakshi likes to doze off during work and be a ‘comedy piece’ in the office.

All it takes for Kamakshi to take up the mission is a brief conversation with her daughter (the child artiste tries, unsuccessfully, to emulate Meena’s real daughter, Nainika’s mannerisms from Theri). The daughter says she will turn out to be a loser like her mom if she continued to be a non-person. Now, this idea would have worked if the scene had been stitched into the show seamlessly, but Karoline Kamakshi looks like a mash-up of scenes and the onus is on the viewer to understand the intentions of the director.

The problem with Karoline Kamakshi is that it is not even so bad that it is good; it is just bad. The show is just banal and fails to invoke any sort of emotions from the viewer. It has all the set pieces for an action-comedy — a sirippu police, a quirky character who is reminiscent of Daniel’s Romba Sumaar Moonji Kumar, and a caricature of a heroine. The intention seems to have been to make a web-series version of something like Gulaebaghavali. But with the weak writing, nothing pays off. I caught myself laughing in just one scene, which is hugely inspired by Karthik Subbaraj’s Jigarthanda, and the moment I realised that the laughter faded away.

Costume designer Hina and art director Arusamy are the only ones who stand out with their work, where Meena is unable to make a difference. It is sad to see Meena’s potential being squandered in this underwritten show; she deserves better. The writing, in fact, makes Meena look like a bad performer. As far as Giorgia Andriani is concerned, the makers save us the trouble of watching her struggle to mouth her dialogues. We hardly get to see her face when she speaks. A little more of that awareness from the creators would have saved us from the show.

Stay up to date on all the latest Entertainment Review news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

google play app store
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp