2 out of 5 (Okay)
Kanchana has a heart in place, interestingly, sparing few obnoxious scenes.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Fri, 15 Jul 2011
Raghava Lawrence is a highly regarded director, that's a fact. How good is he behind the camera, shouldering a title called director, is a question that only audience can answer? His recent release Kanchana, a follow up to "Muni" has something different to offer, claims the director. So, does the movie really has anything special to offer?
Yes, Kanchana has a heart in place, interestingly, sparing few obnoxious scenes.
Besides Lawrence, the movie also has Sarath Kumar and Lakshmi Rai. While the former plays a very important role of a transgender, the latter as usual was roped in just to add some masala to the film.
Kanchana tells the story of Raghava (Lawrence), an avid cricket enthusiast who spends most of his time watching or playing cricket. Throughout the day, he is busy exploring different grounds in the city to play. During one such exploration, he finds himself playing in a land where long ago three bodies of eunuchs were buried, one among them being Sarath Kumar (Kanchana).
When Raghava returns home, he is ignorant that he has actually brought along three spirits of the dead eunuchs. The eunuch's trio uses him as a medium to avenge MLA and others responsible for their death.
Unlike Muni, Kanchana is fast-paced and refreshing. Lawrence as Raghava is what any normal actor would portray, but as Kanchana he certainly cleared all notions that people had built over years. He can now proudly yell atop of a building, yes, even I can act.
Sarath Kumar, most popular for going top-less sporting packs of muscle has certainly mesmerized everybody with his brief performance.
The story, although not breathtaking but certainly different enough to raise a few brows has definitely made this film watchable. Muni was loud, not scary. Whereas Kanchana will send chills up your spine by bringing forth anxiety element into the film.
Lawrence also succeeded in keeping the suspense factor alive in the film. The time between "Raghava" and "Raghava-turned-Kanchana" was very smartly portrayed. He didn't just throw Kanchana on screen but made "Raghava", the soul-barer to gradually transform into her.
Always remember that one extra character or an unneeded character can bring a lot of change to a film. Who are we calling unnecessary, if it is not Lakshmi Rai, who apart from sporting her sumptuous body did nothing worthy.
The first half was drab, nothing spectacular happens in it which is commendable to talk about. Comedy between Lawrence, Kovai Sarla and Mano Bala doesn't entertain at all but raises frustration. Unfortunately I had to wait until second half to catch some action, thanks to Sarath Kumar, the wait was worth it.
Kanchana has a simple story, nothing spectacular, but hold on it wasn't bad. With sincere improvisation the movie could have been better. But, what irks me the most is the fact that we as an industry always fail to go beyond average.
Kanchana faces a similar problem, and you will agree with me on the same after watching it. What could have been a strong, message oriented film goes haywire due to unexciting screenplay.
Above all this, Lawrence has announced "Muni 3", too.
Will this movie entertain audience in A centre? I doubt it, then what about B and C, I think it definitely will.
Lawrence will be a happy man, though he might not have been directorially brilliant but he unquestionably swayed his audience.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2 out of 5 (Okay)