Konjam Siripu Konjam Kobam lives up to only the second half of its title. I could say that I'm understating but the film is just too dull to provoke you any more than that.
1 out of 5 (Poor)
| Rohit Ramachandran (NOWRUNNING)
One stinker after another, after another. As the third film of the week opened with an item song, an exhausted and hopefully optimistic, Me, noticed the steady grasp behind the camera and decided that this one is going to be bearable. A two star rating or so. It was when I heard the line "Ippo en power theriyidha?" that an uneasy apprehension began to set in.
Konjam Siripu Konjam Kobam is an extended version of a Tamil serial. It is ridiculously fast paced. The hero is a typical do-gooder who takes the blame for something to protect the heroine and, gets held by the collar and thrown out of his house, followed by an interval that gives you time to digest it. The heroine sacrifices her love life for the sake of uniting estranged families. It is drenched in sentimentality. It's written by someone who probably suffers from black-and-white thinking. It's not hard to guess that making it must've been a mundane process.
The hero and heroine are like chalk and cheese. Have a look at the poster and you'll agree that they look like mother and son. Both actors are unsuited for the role. It's already hard to see Mahesh as anything but Lingu, the salesman in Angadi Theru. To make matters worse, he looks and acts the same in the shoes of a neglected character. The actress is channelizing the abstract Kollywood heroine and her performance comes off as a cheap imitation. It's hardly their fault. They're stuck in a real mess of a screenplay and the director's pedestrian rendition of it doesn't help either.
A few new strokes are attempted by writer-director, Sampoornam. For one, is the desperate attempt of subliminal advertising of carnatic music by letting graphic flowers fall from the sky when the heroine sings. Another, is the presence of a communal undertone. From a business point of view, this one's a smart move. But, no film ever, has worked on a single idea. A few other ideas exist in context but they're downright stupid and do little more than bemuse you.
The things that the characters do are highly consequential, but they aren't backed up by enough psychological motivation. Just add common sense to the characters and the film wouldn't have lasted this long. You can't empathize with characters that do the exact things that you pray they don't do. Comedians Sathyan and Ganja Karuppu are not even part of the same film. They're part of a different world shot elsewhere and somehow juxtaposed with the film's events to show how much of a hero the hero is. Film-maker Sampoornam has no idea what he's doing.
Konjam Siripu Konjam Kobam lives up to only the second half of its title. I could say I'm understating but the film is just too dull to provoke you any more than that.
Critic: Rohit Ramachandran
1 out of 5 (Poor)
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