Kancheepurathe Kalyanam Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film
Just when you thought that the flurry of silly films had blown over, you get invited to a marriage at Kanchipuram. It's a huge load of trouble figuring out if it's a theatrical drama or a purportedly rib-tickling comedy. Not surprising since the makers don't seem to have much of a clue either.
If anyone out there is interested in hearing what this gaffe of a movie has for its plotline, here goes. Two rival event management companies headed by two equally moronic heads (Suresh Gopi & Mukesh) take up an assignment at Kanchipuram, where the sole and real beautiful heir (Muktha George) to some silk company down there is getting betrothed to the wrong guy. Bride in question seeks help from the organizers who soon get their horses to turn into knights in shining armor.
If you are looking even for the odd giggle out there, you are likely to be disappointed. As a drama, the characters aren't chipped out neatly enough to make you actually care for what happens to them. Or in this case, what doesn't happen to them. This is a rare script - incoherent, undeveloped, poorly conceived and naturally unpromising on almost every level. It's literally impossible to sit through the shenanigans that are clumsily executed to imperfection.
Most of the comic moments if you can call them that, are raunchy and sometimes downright offensive. Most of it is verbal and a few ones staged externally, though value wise they maintain the very same mediocrity. It's not just the title that reminds us of the umpteen flicks set across the Tamil Nadu border in the nineties, but the theme as well that tires us even before the film has made a move.
Only one thing remains certain through all of this extreme disorder. The audience is the loser. There comes a point when the film can't even settle on who's doing what to whom. And it all seems like a bunch of dim-witted individuals who simply refuse to grow up, playing around with the dumbest jokes in business.
Performance wise, things aren't much better. Mukesh is probably the best thing out here, but if you ask me, that really isn't saying much. Suresh Gopi looks tired and totally unconcerned, Muktha halfheartedly flashes a smile or bursts into sobs whenever she's required to put up an effort, and Jagadish flies over the board with his over enthusiasm.
It isn't hard to understand the kind of trauma that the people behind the film must have gone through. You see, working with a saggy script, they can't even draw out what they're making. And the intensely disheartening dramedy that they generate out of nothing, is obvious, flat and as stale as yesteryear's crackers.
A smooth addition to the long line of pedestrian films that have already been tossed out into the junkyard, Kancheepurathe Kalyanam makes the least amusing viewing. If I were you, I would shirk this howler at all costs.