Movie: Soodhu Kavvum
Starring: Ashok Selvan, Simha, Ramesh Tilak, Vijay Sethupethi, Sanchita Shetty
Directed by: Nalan Kumarasamy
By Vivek Ramz
After back to back successes in Attakathi & Pizza last year, Producer CV Kumar is back this year with 'Soodhu Kavvum' and it's a winner again. All thanks to new team and of course Studio Green marketing and release.
What's it about?
Three unemployed men Kesavan, Pagalavan & Sekar (Ashok Selvan, Simha & Ramesh Tilak) join the kidnapper Das (Vijay Sethupethi) after failed attempts at getting a job. They along with Das' girlfriend Shalu (Sanchita Shetty) kidnap middle class people and get enough money to meet their day to day expenses. Das, the team's boss strictly follows five rules in kidnapping, so that they don't get involved in any hassles. One of the main rule is that don't kidnap any VIPs.
Looking at their tactics, a person offers them a fortune but the problem is that they have kidnap a honest minister's son Arumai Pragasam (Karunakaran). When they try to kidnap him, they find out that Pragasam is already kidnapped by another group. Things get much worse after that as they are chased by the most dreadful cop Bramha (Yog Jaypee). What happens to all of them finally is told in unexpected hilarious way.
The television series 'Naalaya Iyakkunar' has given Tamil cinema many promising directors in the recent past like Balaji Mohan and Karthik Subbaraj. Soodhu Kavvum's director Nalan Kumarasamy is the latest find and he has delivered a quality product. The film's content is innovative and Nalan has narrated it brilliantly with strong hold on the script. He has injected humour in the most serious circumstances which works for the film. The movie making is fresh and stands out from the rest of the comedy flicks. Hats off to Nalan for treading the path less travelled.
Casting is top notch. Vijay Sethupathi has pulled off the role of a mentally affected middle aged man with ease. He had a hat-trick of hits last year (Sundarapandian, Pizza and NKPK) as he has a knack of selecting superb scripts and has proved that again with this film. Sanchita Shetty as the sexy Shalu adds glamour to the movie without going overboard. The supporting cast has done a great job too, especially Karunakaran and Simha. Veterans Radha Ravi and MS Baskar also shine in their limited space. Last but not the least, Yog Jaypee give a roaring performance even without uttering a single word.
The film is technically rich even with the budget constraints. Except the poor graphics in the pre-interval scene where the car falls down the bridge, the film looked neat with some fine shots by Cinematographer Dinesh Krishnan. Editing by Leo John Paul is excellent and keeps the movie gripping without losing pace at any point. Santhosh Narayan's funky songs and cool background score are big boost to the film. Lyrics are funny and songs are pictured nicely and inserted at the right places.
Barring few over the top sequences like Bramma's killings, over honest minister, the film's a neat entertainer. It's a sure shot winner from Thirukumaran entertainment and Studio Green collaboration again.
What to do?
Soodhu Kavvum is quirky fun all the way. A must watch!
in.com rating – 3.5/5
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