Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal (2022)
Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal (காத்துவாக்குல ரெண்டு காதல்) is a love story starring Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara & Samantha Ruth Prabhu, directed by Vignesh Shivan. The film was based on a kind of triangular love, an ideal plot for comedy and romance, unfortunately, it fails to impress due to a spiritless screenplay. It gets my Raw rating.
Rambo (Vijay Sethupathi) falls in love with Kanmani (Nayanthara) in the morning and with Khatija (Samantha) in the evening, whether he does this knowingly or unknowingly, who is he really in love, do the three live as a trouple are explored in the story. I was expecting tons of humour from the director who made Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015), where RJ Balaji and the entire cast including the bad guys made us laugh, in KVRK there were no specialised comedians and the attempts by others fell short. I was looking forward to a lot from the Reality TV show host character played by Prabhu, it started on a high note but ends abruptly. Similarly, the romance sequences between the two pairs could’ve been explored a lot more, but they were brief.
Between the two pairs, Khatija and Rambo come out convincingly as lovers, but with Kanmani and Rambo we see no chemistry. Known for her acting, Nayanthara’s performance in this film was robotic, whereas Samantha was both glamorous and expressive – for example when she finds the truth her emotional outburst towards Vijay Sethupathi’s character was cogent.
Director wants to kindle the audience’s emotions, so he attempts too hard, too many things, and they confuse us. To show the protagonist as a good guy, we are shown elaborate backstories stretching generations and his ‘jinxed’ life from childhood. It would have been a lot easier and more entertaining to show him who his character truly was. Nowadays, Kollywood likes to show rural families with a lot of siblings for no obvious reasons – here too, I don’t understand why a hero’s family should have so many members, a few would’ve been enough for the story.
As the film ended, I am wondering whether I watched a remake of Vishal‘s Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai (2010) or the English TV show You Me Her (2016-2020)’s Tamil version.