The trailer of Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal was nothing short of mediocre and in my opinion and that wasn’t a pleasing invitation card to watch a movie. If you also had the same feeling watching the trailer of Desingh Periyasamy’s Dulquer Salmaan- Ritu Varma starrer Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal, then I have good news for you. The movie is an engaging comedy that never becomes torture. With enough humor covering up the flawed logic of the story, it’s a stress-free popcorn entertainer with flaws that we won’t mind forgiving.
Sidharth and Kaalis are close buddies. Sidharth is an app developer and Kaalis is an animator. But to live the life they wanted to live, they needed more money and they always knew shortcuts. eCommerce websites, luxury cars, etc were their targets. In the meantime, Sidharth fell in love with a girl named Meera, who had a diametrically opposite character. After a point, Sidharth decided to stop all the short cut money-making and planned a proper earning life at Goa. But life had some other plans for him and his friends and the movie Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal shows us that.
Don’t worry. It may seem like I have revealed a lot. But the movie has more to offer in terms of events. At one point in the movie, Sidharth and Kaalis are controlling a Rolls-Royce with a remote and they are also 3D printing someone’s fingerprint from a zoomed-in DSLR photo. Such ridiculous scenes are there in this movie. I have to say that Desingh Periyasamy kind of knows how to cover up such bizarre scenes. He uses Meta jokes for the character played by Gautham Menon, the interval twist was an unexpected one and there is a little bit of a mind game in the second half that keeps us interested in the movie. Periyasamy knows how to keep this movie away from the dull zone.
Dulquer Salmaan is doing a character that he has somewhat stopped doing in Malayalam. Sidharth is pretty much what we saw him do in ABCD and the movie is also only interested in the good looks and the slow-motion walks. Ritu Varma gets to do a character that has two shades and the movie gives her an equal space along with the hero. VJ Rakshan as Kaalis was funny and Niranjani Ahathian was okay as Shreya. Gautham Vasudev Menon’s police character has a comical touch to its credit and that was a good surprise.
Desingh Periyasamy is not really exploring the points where he could have worked on. There was a scope for a slightly more genuine thriller if they had explored the whole eCommerce scam element in the story. But he prefers to go after the boy versus girl angle of the story and despite the content being very slim he manages to make it look entertaining. There is a pointless introduction song for the hero, the practicality of a lot of sequences is utterly impossible and yet we somehow don’t feel like hating this movie and I feel it’s because of the timely inclusion of humor at various points in the film. Songs don’t really blend well with the movie. The visuals are pleasing.
I have seen similar Machi-Machi movies in Tamil which gave me a major headache with their absurd content. The lack of that annoyance factor in comparison with such movies is the reason why this review feels like a positive one even after saying that some of the scenes are difficult to accept. Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal is a bearable/laughable nonsense.
With enough humor covering up the flawed logic of the story, it’s a stress-free popcorn entertainer with flaws that we won’t mind forgiving.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended