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Kadavul Irukan Kumaru  ( U ) (2016)  (Tamil)
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Kadavul Irukan Kumaru Review

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If only the comic portions of this movie is surgically removed and watched in parts, it would be declared as a laugh riot. On the other hand if it has to be watched as a movie, then it's a bunch of rehashed tropes of Rajesh's earlier ones along with his new fetish for spoofing various things!
1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)  | Baranidharan (NOWRUNNING)
A fan of Pudhupettai (2006 Dhanush starrer) would instantly connect with the satire associated with this title. For others, it's another ridicule that is thrown at them along with so many such things which were an integral part of this movie. Director Rajesh, who is known for his smart-budget and "male-friendly" themes have had his equal number of hits and misses in his 5 outings as a director. However, his last 2 films have been disastrous at the box-office. Without pondering any further into his past, let's move on to see how KIK has been spun by the "humour mill".

To say that KIK had a wafer thin story would be injustice for true-blue script writers. The fact is that it had so many spoofs, running gags and slapsticks tucked into its narrative along with competing artistes to perform those, so logic and story have taken a backseat. To put the record straight - the story is about Kumar (or Kumaaru played by GVP) is stuck between choosing his partner - whether to proceed with the marriage that is about to happen with Priya (Nikki Galrani) or to rekindle his past affair with Nancy (Ananthi). At the end he realizes his true match and join hands with her. Of course, to keep up with the narrative formalities of all his previous movies, Rajesh has introduced RJ Balaji into the fray to fill in the vacuum created by Santhanam's absence as the hero's "buddy".

Rajesh has beaten such themes to pulp and still is able to squeeze some juice out of it. The tropes are rehashed and even the dialogues carry the same tone of delivery from the lead characters. But unlike his previous movies like Boss Engira Bhaskaran, that had a decent plot, this one just moves along with a bunch of one-liners from RJ Balaji and some running gags that spoof a wide array of things like ads, artists, movies, political situation, punch dialogs, TV shows and so many such things. While those were enjoyable in parts, after a point, both the audience and the filmmaker ran out of steam as the proceedings got stale. Rajesh still kept throwing as much as he could hoping for us to catch whatever we can and discard the rest.

This logic might have worked for a standup comedian to perform on stage or for us to watch as a Sirippoli program on TV. But as a movie, we are trained to accept the proceedings with a context induced by a plot. Say for e.g. a Michael Madhana Kamarajan or a Panjathanthiram - these films carried some crazy gags, but always there was a strong context induced by the script. In this movie that sort of a context was amiss. I still didn't understand the context of the ghost bungalow and Mottai Rajendran's entry into the fray.

There were a host of experienced actors who carried their parts well but were reduced to caricatures just because the way the script was etched. Prakash Raj, Urvashi, Santhana Bharathi, MS Bhaskar, Robo Shankar and Singampuli were the notable ones who made the show watchable. RJ Balaji was of course was in his elements and his one liners largely worked out, though went overboard at times. GVP had nothing new to bring in, he had the same irritable expression and dialogues that are becoming obnoxious and intolerable with each film. Nikki Galrani and Anandhi were eye candy and were worked into the script to do justice for the innumerable songs and some weakly written scenes.

If only the comic portions of this movie is surgically removed and watched in parts, it would be declared as a laugh riot. On the other hand if it has to be watched as a movie, then it's a bunch of rehashed tropes of Rajesh's earlier ones along with his new fetish for spoofing various things!
Critic: Baranidharan
 1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts) 1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)  

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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

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 1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts) 1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts)  
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