Director: KV Anand
Without beating around the bush, it is without a doubt that director KV Anand makes sure he entertains his audience in most of his films. With KV Anand’s films, be it Ayan or Ko, there is never a dull moment. His direction might be overwhelming at moments but definitely never dull. He simply knows what his viewers want. The storyline is a political drama with some power-packed action sequences and a stellar cast to enhance this storyline.
The story revolves around Kathiresan or Kathir, a farmer who believes in non-chemical agriculture but is also a military secret service agent. He believes in serving the country both as a farmer and as a military official. He is also committed to keeping a close eye on Prime Minister Chandrakant Varma (Mohanlal) who is in grave danger. Impressed by Kathir’s dedication to the country, PM Varma appoints him as the officer in the Special Protection Group (SPG) along with his dear friend Joseph (Samuthirakani). What unfolds then on is the plot.
I remember watching Ayan, which emerged as a realistic fantasy, that is, a true story twisted into fantasy to entertain the audience. It has its facts but does not bore you with that alone. That is the best part of KV Anand’s writing. Kaappaan is definitely one such film and Suriya is clearly the backbone of it. It has been a really long time since Suriya brought back his charisma and composure into a character. His charm as Kathir manages to lure the audience into an enthralling journey. Mohanlal’s screen presence is equally charming but we definitely would be wishing to see more of him. Samuthirakani does justice to his role but Arya and Sayyeshaa’s characters have not been shaped up well. Their roles are truly disappointing. The roles could have been developed well.
Harris Jayaraj’s music is not up to the mark and the background score is disappointing. The screenplay is fortunately not dragging and compliments the frames. The twists and turns in the narration are good and eye-catching. This is a well-researched storyline which could be executed better considering the faith the audience have in KV Anand.
The story is strong but somehow there are various glitches in the execution of it. In an attempt to write a tribute to farmers and SPG officers, the story somewhere gets chaotic here and there falling flat at times but, it is definitely not miserable and promises entertainment in the form of Suriya.
In the end, he is the pillar of the film and manages to transform his energy to the audience.
Verdict: It is Suriya’s show all the way!