It's becoming a trend that all promising directors who have given us very good off-beat films decide to take the commercial route in recent times. Few weeks back, Ameer tried the same with 'Aadhi Bhagavan' without much success, now director Pandiraj joins the bandwagon. The man who has given us small but beautiful films “Pasanga” & “Marina” tries his hand at full-on entertainer for the first time with KBKR (Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga).
What's it about?
Kesavan (Vemal) and Murugan (Sivakarthikeyan) are two jobless bachelors who pass time by hanging out with another wastrel but married man (Soori). They live out of their fathers’ pockets and the duo’s only wish is to become a successful politician one day. So, they help the famous political party in arranging large meetings dreaming of getting included in the party. They also involve in all sort of things to impress the local people for votes. Meanwhile like any other commercial, these 'Vetti' boys fall in love with the beautiful girls (Bindu Madhavi) and (Regina Cassandra). The girls’ parents lay down certain conditions for their marriage and it crosses with their aim in life. So, whether they succeed in the local elections and win over their lady love is told with sentimental touch in the end.
In KBKR, Pandiraj got his casting right and rides on them without worrying much about the plot. The first half just sails through with the funny one-liners which are enjoyable but repeating the same throughout the film bores you after a point. After interval, the film drags on and the final father-son sentiment becomes too melodramatic. Pandiraj who’s known for his realistic characterization has lost focus this time for the sake of comedy. Most of the characters look silly and the scenes irritate the viewer at times, esp. Bindu’s mid-air action stunts.
Vemal’s role as ‘Kedi’ Kesavan is a cakewalk for him as he has done the semi-urban character numerous times. Though Sivakarthikeyan is apt for ‘Pattai’ Murugan, his mannerisms and body language are repetitive and makes you wonder whether he ran out of stuff. Bindu Madhavi and Regina Cassandra deliver the goods and so is ‘Parotta’ Soori. Delhi Ganesh shines as caring father in the final sequence and also brings the roof down in his funny ‘Kalasala’ act.
Yuvan Shankar Raja is a major plus for this film as the songs are already chartbusters and created quite a buzz for the film before release. Pandiraj has picturized all the songs well with right backdrop. Background score is neat and helped the film hit the right note. Cinematography is good. Overall, the film doesn’t take itself seriously at any point and entertains in parts.
What to do?
KBKR works in bits and pieces. Go for it only if you have nothing better to do!
Rating – 2/5
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