With diligent detailing and attunement to Tamil sensibilities, Nalan has churned out a flawless adaption in KaKaKaPo without tampering the original.
3 out of 5 (Good)
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Nalan Kumarasamy's Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum accomplishes a considerable feat as far as foreign remakes in Tamil cinema are taken into account. With diligent detailing and attunement to Tamil sensibilities, Nalan has churned out a flawless adaption in KaKaKaPo without tampering the original Korean source material 'My Dear Desperado'.
The film doesn't start with a hero introduction. Nalan wants his audiences to know the heroine first, around whom the entire screenplay is centered on. Yazhini (Madonna Sebastian) is an aspiring IT professional who makes a secret escape from her hometown (Vizhuppuram) to pursue her job hunt in Chennai, where plenty of opportunities are believed to be present.
At the other end, we have Kathir (Vijay Sethupathi), a spineless gangster who serves as a henchman to the local area councilor. He takes on dastardly villains but gets shamelessly beaten to pulp in the end. He is best at dodging altercations; but not good enough to take them head-on. What happens when these two interesting characters that are poles apart fall in love with each other?
The plot may sound too familiar. But, you have to witness Nalan's quirky sense of humor that is packed meticulously into the writing in almost each scene. His presentation lifts even the most predictable scenes into most memorable moments. His wittily constructed dialogues bring the roof down at regular intervals also thanks to Vijay Sethupathi's eccentric gestures and inimitable facial expressions that provide umpteen numbers of charming, entertaining sequences on screen.
Cinematographer Dinesh Krishnan stamps his class in each frame with a great sense of aesthetics. Santhosh Narayanan has once again delivered a background score that stands in need of the story.
The falling-in-love-with-each-other is not attained as a cakewalk here. It takes its own sweet time to settle, establish the leads and make us root for them to be together. That's an incredible feat only few Tamil filmmakers can manage to pull off. Romance in Tamil cinema has become the most lazily made genre in the recent past and Nalan has once again broken cliches to smithereens with Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum, which never goes off the track from reality.
3 out of 5 (Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good