Kanchi Malayalam Movie Review
The wait for those sparks to fly seems endless in Krishnakumar's 'Kaanchi', which tells the tale of Madhavan (Indrajith), who runs a grocery shop and is betrothed to Gauri (Archana Gupta). One fine morning, he bears witness to a gruesome murder being committed by Peringodan (Murali Gopy), a dreaded gangster, and finds his life changed in ways that he had never expected it to.
Jayamohan, who had enthralled us with his intricate script in 'Ozhimuri' disappoints us this time in 'Kaanchi'. For one, the story is one that we have seen in Bollywood films of yore; the ones in which the naive youngster who keeps himself determinedly away from the world of crime, is lured into it by destiny.
What makes 'Kaanchi' a faintly different attempt is the role that the revolver plays in it. Providence, and at times doom, looms large over your head all the time. And when it starts following you around, it gets a bit creepy. The idea sounds quite interesting, but I wouldn't say it has succesffuly transacted itself on to the big screen in 'Kaanchi'.
Creepiness is one things and believability is another. When a revolver decides to end your life, I guess there is nothing much that you can do about it. Especially since it 's hot on your trail, and lies waiting for you overhead, so that just as your head comes around the corner it can press the trigger, or get someone else perhaps to do the job.
Which is why, the climax of 'Kaanchi' is a drag, and when the rain washes down the sand pile inside which it lies, you wait for the bullet shot, so that the story of the revolver comes to a close. It does manage to fire a shot, and when it waits on the lawn outside the Peringodan mansion, you sense that the story however has not yet come to an end.
The bad guy here has to be someone special, and he soon makes the proclamation that he is one of those men who live to find out how his end is gonna be. And yes, he is no less than a distinguished astrologer when it comes to horoscopes, and almost seems to be in control of his own fortune, knowing fully well as to where he should draw the final line.
The family of the distressed that usually plays a prominent role in a tale as this should consist of a sister, and preferably an unmarried, younger one at that. Here it's a no different, and the younger sis (Sija Rose) gets dragged to the police station which sends the brother into an action spree in no time.
Murali Gopi and Indrajith have done the best they can to make the aggressor and the aggrieved look as believable as it possibly could be. Devi Ajith makes a much greater impression in a cameo that Archana Gupta who fails to rise above the conventionalities that pervade her role.
'Kaanchi' wavers and wanders this way and that and it's a shame really, considering you have got two of the best actors in town in your team. Frenzied and overwrought, it sounds and feels like a sensory overload that threatens to spill over any moment.