Director: Major Goutham
Movie: Kanla Kaasa Kaatappa
Cast: Arvind Akash, Chandini, Ashwathi, Yogi Babu,Kalyan, Vichu
Eminent actor-director of stage plays, films and the small screen, Major Sunderrajan was a stalwart of his times. And now his son Goutham, who had followed in his father’s footsteps, debuts as director with Kanla Kaasu Kaatappa. Set in Malaysia for the most part, it’a about the ill-gotten money of an Indian politician, the attempt to transfer it to a foreign account and the acts of various people who try to get their hands on it.
Contemporary in its theme and take, Goutham has crated his screenplay in a Guy Ritchie-like scenario. He has tried to keep the happenings simple and his narrative style breezy. The characters we get to encounter are quirky and colourful.
Jack, a racketeer (Vichu staying true to his character) is given the task of transferring `100 crore of black money; Jai and his grandfather (Arvind, Bhaskar) who are out to get their hands on it and are soon joined by petty thief Madhu (Ashwathi). Two small time thieves (dance master Kalyan, Yogi Babu); and bar singer Shaalu (Chandini). It’s a free for all as each tries to outsmart the other and Jack.
The show stealer here is Yogi Babu whose expressions, style of dialogue delivery and whole demeanour keeps us in splits and peps up the scene when it slackens at moments. Arvind Akash fits in suitably as Jai and with Bhaskar in tow keeps the proceedings lively. The girls provide the glamour quotient.
The momentum speeds up when Ananthu, the minister’s confidante, who was the only one who knew about the money trail, loses his memory, and Jack decides to take advantage of it. The narration spirals to a well thought out suitable climax.
What is laudable is that Goutham has moved away from the routine formula track and cliches. And he has confined his storytelling to less than two hours of viewing time. What’s also appreciable is that he stayed focused on his theme and was not distracted by unwanted elements like fights and comedy tracks.
Mildly amusing in its take, Kanla Kaasu...is a very promising work from a debutant maker.