Director Gokul's 'Kaashmora' is an attempt to create a fantasy-horror-comedy-thriller. Watch it for opulent visual effects and art.
2 out of 5 (Average)
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The 'epic syndrome' gradually creeps into Tamil Cinema, especially after the Telugu sleeper hits like 'Magadheera', 'Arundhathi,' and of course, the mega hit 'Bahubali.' Director Gokul's 'Kaashmora' is an attempt to create a fantasy-horror-comedy-thriller. Has he succeeded in it? Those who watched the above-mentioned films, 'Kaashmora' may appear to be just a prototype.
The first half will take you through the fraudulent activities of a black magician and exorcist Kaashmora (Karthi) and his family. Devi (Sri Divya) closely follows him in the pretext of a research student to expose him.
The comedy sequences and incidents leading to the interval are riveting. Then comes the epic episode. Initially, the director ridicules the superstitions and ghost theories and unveils fake priests and exorcists. But going forward, the plot heavily relies on fantasy and supernatural things. Here the viewers are impelled to believe the revenge story of spirits or ghosts.
Apparently, Kaashmora is drawn into a circumstance where the spirit of an ancient warrior, Raj Nayak, also played by Karthi, who wants to kill him and his family (all are born in Rohini Nakshatra) to reincarnate himself. Raj Nayak had married his King's daughter Rathnamaharani (Nayanthara) against her wish. In the process, he killed the King and her lover. Rathnamaharani tried to avenge the deaths of her father and lover. The rest of the proceedings are narrated by making use of the full possibility of visual effects and graphics.
Karthi in his dual role has done justice to the characters. But Nayanthara was given a few dialogues.
'Kaashmora' also manifests the dilemma of a filmmaker whose efforts to create a coherent plot peter out when the film falls in the flashback mode. The epic story appears to be farfetched and evokes yawn sometimes.
When the epic tale weaves into the narration, the film meanders and ends like regular fantasy horror flicks. Technically, Om Prakash's shots, Rajeevan's art and Santhosh Narayanan's music are commendable.
2 out of 5 (Average)
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