Comedy Aimed at Lowest Common Denominator

Published: 28th December 2014 06:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th December 2014 06:06 AM   |  A+A-


Film: Kappal

Director: Kartik G Krish

Cast: Vaibhav, Sonam Bajwa, Karunakaran, Arjunan, Venkat Sundar, V T V Ganesh

Kappal centres on a group of friends who had made a childhood pact of ‘no girls no marriage’ lest it affect their friendship. The film is about how they react when a couple of them break the pact and try to keep the rest in the dark about their moves. Directed by a debutant, it’s meant to be a total comic entertainer. But then it depends on each one’s perception of what they feel are genuine comic moments.

Vaibhav plays Vasu, playful and attracted to every female he sets his eyes on. But with each of his dalliances discovered and nipped in the bud by his friends, it’s back to square one for him. Finally, the frustrated guy makes an excuse and shifts to Chennai to be a free bird, meet girls and have some fun. And when things start looking up for him and a girl he is attracted to seems to be thawing towards him, his friends pop up in Chennai.

V T V Ganesh essays Vasu’s love guru in his inimitable style and tries to liven up the scene. The plot is an old one, but still had the potential of turning into a rollicking comic entertainer if it had been handled with finesse. But the activities of the lot - whether it’s Vasu making his moves or the friends thwarting them - are juvenile and crude. They are more like the acts of some delinquent school kids rather than of mature adults. Vaibhav has essayed light roles in many of Venkat Prabhu’s multi-starrers. But watching him in this kind of a scenario is a tad tiring and monotonous.

Kappal is comedy probably targeted at the lowest common denominator in the audience.


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