Cast: Vishal, Catherine Tresa
Direction, Screenplay & Story: Pandiraj
Music: Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi
The power the title Kathakali exhibits has not been exploited to the fullest by the team headed by director Pandiraj though it is the first of its kind from this master of children’s films. The plot dances around a cold blooded murder which is clouded by conspiracies and leaves wide open for investigation.
An unexpected murder of the town’s biggest rowdy becomes chaotic with various murder suspects involved and completely off the hook is Vishal, but the turnout of events makes him the primary suspect leading to all the rival gangs and the cops on the hunt. The director takes time to narrate the sequences, post murder the movie gets going swiftly thanks to a spot-on screenplay.
Kathakali starring Vishal and Catherine Tresa in the lead easily transcends the intended message/story across. But the time taken to set-up the plot could have been shorter. Perhaps, the plot does get heated and spiced up as it approaches the interval point. Unfortunately, the second half again takes a longer time to captivate our attention by failing to utilize the boost that the interval point provided to the story.
Vishal as usual appears in a homespun character highly bound to his family and emotions. Slight shades of his character from his previous flicks like Pandianadu and Paayum Puli might trouble the audience while they try to empathise or sympathise with his character. Catherine Tresa sadly has nothing much to offer as the story will stand alone, even without the love track.
Supporting casts that include Karunas, Mime Gopi, Kiran and others do their part well. Nobody looks off beat while looking at the overall big picture though they don’t succeed in striking that special chord. The story looks very current and timely as they have made use of the Chennai and Cuddalore rains as a backdrop for a particular episode.
Kathakali turns into a fairly watchable thriller.