Vasanth protege G. Marimuthu makes an impressive directorial debut with Kannum Kannum, a film that's impressive on the whole, in spite of having certain shortcomings that can very well be overlooked.
Kannum Kannum has as its central character Satyamoorthy, a very hardworking and sincere site engineer in a Chennai-based construction firm. He has been an orphan and was brought up in an orphanage, to which he still gives a share of his monthly income. While some people call him Satya others call him Moorthy. He is also interested in poetry.
Once he happens to pour out his pent-up feelings about being an orphan in the form of a brilliant and touching piece of poetry and gives it to his friend and roommate to be sent to the Kumudam magazine. Some time later he finds the same poem published in the magazine, but under a different name - Shembagavalli. He tells his friend about this. His friend tells him that he never posted the poem and hands it back to Satyamoorthy.
Satyamoorthy is surprised that someone else could think so similarly and write the same lines. He inquires with the magazine and comes to know that it is a college girl studying in Kuttralam. He gets the address and sends a letter to her. The girl who had written the poem is actually Anandi, a college student, who pens poems under the name of Shembagavalli, unknown to her family members, who may scold her for showing laxity towards her studies.
Satyamoorthy sends letters addressed to Shembagavalli at her college address and puts his name simply as Satya. The correspondence soon leads to the budding of a sweet kind of relationship. Finally Satyamoorthy decides to go to Kuttralam to find the girl. He calls up his close friend and college-buddy Ashok, who happens to be Anandi's elder brother and tells him that he is coming to Kuttralam for some personal purpose.
To Ashok Satyamoorthy is known as Moorthy. When Satyamoorthy reaches Kuttralam, Anandi has left on an All India tour from her college. Satyamoorthy tells Ashok everything and Ashok pledges to help him out in any way possible, but tells him that they would have to wait till his sister Anandi is back, little knowing that it's Anandi whom his dear friend had come seeking. Satyamoorthy stays in Ashok's house itself and soon becomes a part of that family, with Ashok's sisters calling him as 'Anna' (big brother). Satyamoorthy, who had never had a family, is now in a totally new world, with people whom he can call his own. And then something untoward happens.
Prasanna, who was last seen in Sadhu Miranda, followed by Anjathe (both diverse kinds of roles) plays Satyamoorthy, a role very different from what he did in these two films. He has done his part excellently and it's good to see such a young actor getting to play different kinds of roles in different films. As far as the leading leady Udayathara (who plays Anandi) is concerned, we wonder if it's the same girl who gave an utterly unimpressive performance in the Malayalam film Nanma. She is good as Anandi and gives us the perfect picture of a small-town college girl in the song "Pathinettu vayassu pattaampoochi...", in which she is introduced in the film.
Debutante Harris as Ashok is good. Vadivelu is his usual comic self and gives enough of comic relief in the sequences in which he is featured, which don't have anything to do with the main plot though. The sequence where he sets out to teach a lesson to corrupt government officials for accepting a hefty sum from him as bribe for sanctioning a loan, sends the audience into uproarious laughter. Vijayakumar as Anandi's father is good. All the rest of the cast too are fine.
Balasubrahmanyam has done brilliant work with the camera, capturing the scenic beauty of the locales especially in the song sequences. The film has some good songs, picturized beautifully, especially the fast number "Pathinettu vayassu pattaampoochi..." and the melodious "Kai eththum dooraththil". Some of th