Direction: K.V. Anand
Starting from Vijay TV’s ‘Neeya Naana’ to NDTV’s debates, we as an audience have seen a lot of drama, controversies, shocking revelations and what not! We all know and realize that any broadcasting network for its TRP can go to any extent and do not worry if t degrades or builds a personality up. Irrespective of realizing what the media actually does, people still depend and rely on it for “actual news”. This is the storyline around which the movie ‘Kavan’ revolves sticking close to the recent happenings.
This is the story of an ideal and an honest reporter Tilak (Vijay Sethupathi) who is a firm believer of reality. His idealistic views are opposed by most in the industry but he is determined to do what he does best- bringing sensationalism by speaking the truth. A passionate documentarian Tilak, joins the Zen 1 News Channel whose chairman is Kalyan (Skywalker) and wants nothing but TRP for his channel. Tilak and his team finally joins Mayilvanan’s (T Rajendhar) television and struggles to bring it up.
Using two environmental activists Abdul and Kalpana (played by Vikrant and Darshana) and a politician Dheeran (Bose) as subjects, the story balances between hard-hitting realistic journalism and TRP yearning news channels with the support from politicians. With below average songs and average screenplay, the movie manages to get into the category of above average because of Vijay Sethupathi and the storyline. The cinematography could have been much better and Madonna Sebastian could have had a meatier role to play.
Beyond everything, the movie has managed to win the hearts of its audience by not just showing balance within the storyline but also between commercialism and responsible direction.
Verdict: Definitely watchable for Vijay Sethupathi