Movie review-Kaappan.


To start, my expectations for Kaapaan weren’t high after the much-hyped NGK performed poorly at the box office.  I stepped into the theatre with a clear mind and surprisingly found the movie to be a fast-paced thriller. The story is about how the selfless, good-intentioned Prime Minister of India (played by Mohanlal), is protected by an intelligence officer, Kathir (played by Suriya), who is trying to track down the threat to the PM. As an intelligence officer, he single-handedly takes on criminals who pose a threat to the PM. This impresses the latter who later recruits him as one of the senior SPG officials. Arya plays Abhi, the PM’s playful son and Sayeesha play Anjali, a press secretary whose father is killed by terrorists in the opening of the film.

The screenplay is timed to the extent of measuring elements of action, love, emotion by minutes. This does deflate the screenplay to a certain extent but somehow manages to redeem itself with Mohanlal’s patriotic words and Suriya’s charisma onscreen. The first half is rapid and by the second half, you get tired with this fast screenplay. It gets cliché when the movie starts branching out into topics like farmers’ plight and illegal mining. This is what every other movie which came out in the last year has been speaking about. Boman Irani fits the bill as a money-hungry billionaire determined to take control over the PMO, which Arya does not allow him to do under Suriya’s guidance. Suriya plays the role of a godfather cum security for Arya after Mohanlal’s demise and the latter listens to the former with no objections. The ruthless nail-biting assassin Ranjith (played ChiragJani) is rather sloppily put together. There are so many twists and subplots in this story that one might get easily blanked out. Sayeesha as Anjali doesn’t have much of a role and is roped in when the stipulated time for the action sequences are over. “Hey Amigo” and “Sirriki” are memorable foot-tapping numbers from the soundtrack.

There are a lot of references to incidents which happened over the last year in the country and most of them are about Pakistan which is quite surprising. The movie is filled with endless fight sequences with romance and friendship stitched together like a poor-quality patchwork quilt. There is some light-hearted comedy, some double meaning jokes, loops and flashbacks. We do get to do a case study on etymology whose application in the film is biowarfare. Its feels just like attending a semester exam which has one question from every subject of the semester.

Overall, KV Anand’s Kaappaan feels like one of those patriotic films that Vijayakanth and Arjun frequently made in the 90s remixed with technology, unbelievable stunts and a touch of KV Anand’s filmmaking style. It is enjoyable as long as you don’t have any sort of expectations for the film. Suriya’s work in this movie redeems his previous choice of film genre and director. In my opinion, all that you can look forward to in the movie is Mohanlal and Suriya’s performance, which definitely must be applauded.

Review by: Aadrika Umashankar, 3rd year, Production Technology.




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