Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Kanaa Kanden

The last film that K.V.Anand served as cinematographer for was 2004's Chellame, a critical and commercial hit. Understandably, Anand has adopted a similar formula for Kanaa Kanden, his debut as director. So we geta story about a young couple whose happiness is threatened by a bad guy, packaged with good cinematography, nice music and comedy. Fortunately, Anand has learnt his lesson well and the result is an entertaining romantic thriller. I do have a few complaints but it is definitely a good first effort from Anand.

Bhaskar(Srikanth) and Archana(Gopika), who have been best friends since childhood, finally manage to reveal their feelings for each other after 10 long years. Bhaskar is a post-graduate whose projecton the inexpensive desalination of seawater has been approved by the college. His dream is to hand over his project to the government so that it reaches the people but the government demands a working model, for which he is unable to find funding. Archana runs into Madan(Prithviraj), a senior during her college years and he agrees to fund Bhaskar's model. Bhaskar and Archana are initially elated but slowly discover Madan's true nature - he is a vicious loan shark who will go to any lengths to get his money

First things first. Kanaa Kanden works because of its villain. On the outside he is handsome, refined, well-dressed and overall, a good friend. But hidden inside the cultured exterior is a cruel, heartless man who has no qualms about squashing lives under his feet in his quest for money. We usually hear of blessings in disguise. Here's a curse in disguise!. He drives Srikanth and Gopika to the depths of misery but does so calmly and quietly with a smile on his lips and a twinkle in his eyes. Among villains who roll their eyes, rant and rave in an effort to convey their villainous intentions, the villain here is a class apart. Full marks to Anand for the characterization of a villain we really hate passionately.

But Kanaa Kanden also has a hero and heroine who make it easy for us to root for them against the bad guy. Its always nice to see an idealistic hero and the fact that Srikanth here is idealistic about resolving a current, burning issue makes us warm up to him almost immediately. The technical mumbo-jumbo he throws out passes muster and doesn't sound too silly or ridiculous(though a scientist may be able to poke holes in his explanations). Gopika too comes across as smart and capable(like the way she scribbles in the blank portions of a contract, having been burnt earlier) though she does jump to a rather big decision a bit too quickly. The two make a cute couple and both the banter and the fights between them bring a newly-married couple before our eyes.

Kanaa Kanden can be split into three acts - the setup(i.e. the romance and the meeting withPrithviraj), Prithviraj harassing the couple and Srikanth striking back. Anand doesn't balance the second and third acts well enough. The second act ends up being too long while the third act, which is the crowd-pleasing one, is over too soon. We realise Prithviraj's character right before the intermission. So lingering for so long on his harassment of Srikanth and Gopika seems like overkill. On the other hand, Srikanth's revenge on Prithviraj is exciting since we were waiting for so long for Prithviraj to get his comeuppance(the sequence is also thrillingly picturized with Srikanth actually making use of his education and generates 2 genuinely suspenseful moments). Anand stretches it way too long and so the joy when it does happen is shortlived. But the climax is clever and quite short.

The film is classy fare for the most part but Anand inexplicably shows an inclination for the crude at many places. And it takes several forms. There's Vivek's inappropriate and completely tasteless comment on tsunami-hit Chennai. There's the dance by the skimpily-clad female at the bar at a completely wrong moment. There's the antics of the lead policewoman in the Chinna Chinna Sigarangal... song. The act by Prithviraj's henchman to draw out a hiding debtor in his house is disgusting but understandable and maybe even necessary, to highlight Prithviraj's ruthlessness. But then, was the lingering shot and the still really necessary, especially when intermission is usually snack time?!

Directors have for long used a technique where they show something shocking only to reveal later that it was a dream, product of imagination, etc. Unless used at the right place, it can end up irritating the viewer by being anticlimactic. Anand at one point does something similar but uses a fresh technique to surprise us momentarily before revealing what actually happened. It was just a couple of seconds but pointed to some nice ideas residing within this new director.

Srikanth fits the role of the young man with a lofty goal. Gopika looks homely and has acted quite intimately with Srikanth. She gains our sympathy in the second half. Prithviraj shares equal credit for the success of the villain's role here. His casual performance is sure to earn him laurels. Vivek is a pale shadow of his earlier self in a role that reminds one of his turn in Run. His one-liners, Rather than his 'interviews' with Jayalalitha or Karunanidhi, worked for me. He also attempts to make a few social observations in the interview with the politician. Chinna Chinna Sigarangal... and Kaalai Arumbi... have some nice locations and good cinematography but the picturization itself is rather pedestrian. Thaai Sollum... plays well in the background.

58 Comments:

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

Nice review. I plan to see this movie ASAP. Vivek has lost his form....he is churning out mediocre double meaning stuff these days.

 
At 5:53 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Prithviraj is the real find of this movie.. Heard that Prashanth and Madhavan declined this offer.. Wonder what they would be thinking now...

Vivek and the item numbers show the nervousness of Anand.. He has added them for commercial reasons..

Your comment (though a scientist may be able to poke holes in his explanations)... did you read my review? It seems two Anna Univ. profs acted as 'technical consultants'.. Man, quarks and desalination, as he describes....

I would have chosen something like inventing a biopolymer, which acts as membrane for water filtration in large scale.. (since I work with polymers.. :-)) It would be similar to the cleaning process of water sewage and supply boards...

Anyway, check out my blog for "The Spirit of Anniyan" and do post replies..

 
At 7:48 AM, Blogger Ram.C said...

Good detailed review...

BTW...did you observe that the lyrics of the controversial song has been changed to "Chinna Chinna atharangal kaati..."? Sun TV's promo is coming out with this new lyrics only.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaps, thanx!

gp, looks like u r one of the scientists i was referring to in my review :)

ramc, thanx! no i havent seen that version. the movie and the song telecast until last week on Sun TV had the old lyrics. with the audio out for so long and the movie too a couple of weeks old, i wonder what this change achieves!!

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger IBH said...

Nice review...I havent watched this movie yet! but planing on doing it this week...

blogrolling u! hope u dont mind !

 
At 8:59 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Change of 'sigarangal' to 'atharangal' follows the lines of "Naan pooveduthu" from 'Naanum oru thozhilali'. 'Adhai vekkirappo' was changed to 'adhil vanji ippo'. Remember anyone? The effect of the lyrics gets enhanced manyfold with visuals.. thats why may be..?

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous ram said...

gp, is that the one with actor chandrashekar?

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

ibh, thanx! u'll have review up on your site i guess?

gp, thats some amazing trivia! not sure i've even heard of that song. recently i remember 3 songs where lyrics were changed... 'malai malai' from chocklet, 'kokku saiva kokku' from muthu and mumtaj's opening song from 'thathi thaavudhu manasu'.
visuals definitely enhance(or add a whole new meaning to) the lyrics. the visuals in 'chinna chinna' left no doubt as to what the lyrics were referring to!

ram, i think 'naanum oru thozhilaali' was with kamal and ambika. and u call urself a kamal fan :-)

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Balaji, since Chandrashekar acted in many 'Thozhilali' movie, he would have thought this one too..

Yeah, u r right.. I forgot Muthu song.. What comes after "Naalaikku moonu murai" got changed, right?

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous ram said...

yaanaikkum adi sarukkum!

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Nice review Balaji!!!

I'd watch this movie just for Prithviraj. He was cool as a cucumber.. Or should I say Chocolate popsicle =P

Anyways... Speaking of lyrics change... Anyone check out "Devathaiyai kandaen" movie?

I have the songs... and there's one song singing about Mango.. and there's a part that goes "pazham enakku.. kottai unakku.. maampazham enakku, maangottai unakku" They changed that in the movie.. into.. "Pazham irukku... nee eduthukalam.. pazham irukku.. nee thinnukalam"

Another song from the same movie... original one goes... "Thunndai kaanum, thuniya kaanum, thoranthu paartha maniya kaanum"... they changed it into "thunnda kaanum, thuniya kaanum, thoranthu paartha thuddai kaanum"

It made me ROFL

 
At 5:50 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Oh man, what lyrics!! That was Deva's music right? Hope Vaali didnt those pen songs..(!?!?)

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Yeah... The music is by DEVA, but I dont know who the lyricist is... I got a feeling that it could be Vaali =P

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

geez, those r some real vulgar lyrics. but changing them after the soundtrack is released and the movie is out is like crying over spilt milk! looks like we need a censor board for song lyrics too!!

 
At 11:03 PM, Anonymous ram said...

but this has been happening for quite sometime...remember the o podu and naatu katta songs from gemini having some horrrrrrrrrribly vulgar lyrics that were later modified for the video version...

yep, i did watch dhevadhaye kanden tho...ff-ed the songs....the movie was B- material...barely watchable...i kinda liked karunas' sly comments...

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous GP said...

I agree with Balaji about songs to be censored. Remember the infamous "Sakkara valli Kizhangu" (Indhu) and other craps like "erikkayya", "Thorakka venum" (Subramanyaswamy), etc... of the mid 90's.. that was among the worst periods where I think Vaali and Vairamuthu lost their minds a bit..

I also think censoring is important for trailers and video songs too (very badly)

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

gp, looks like u r a veritable database on old movies and/or songs. songs in 'indhu' in general were quite vulgar but i dont remember any particular song. and i don't think i've even heard of a movie called 'subramanyaswamy', let alone hear its songs!

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Gopi said...

'subramanyaswamy' sounds like its either a Pandiarajan starrer or a badly dubbed Telugu movie.

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Balaji, you are right.. In IISc, among my friends, I used to be called "tamil movie database"..

Gopi.. Subramanyaswamy, released in '95, was indeed a Pandiarajan-Urvasi-Priyaraman movie.. Not a terrible one except for this song..

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Dont Pandiyarajan's movies usually have some vulgar scenes/songs in the first place?

I dont find that as a surprise...

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous yaar_db said...

savaal for gp

who was the hero of the movie "Alai Osai"?

Who directed the movie "Saadhanai"?

Who is the heroine of the movie "Aalapirandhavan"?

Who is the md of the movie "Poovukul Boogambam"?

:)

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

yes, pandiarajan's movies recently have becomes very vulgar overall('anbu thollai' was the worst culprit).

yaar_db, i think i know the answer for #3. and #2 sounds relatively easier since i know about the movie and have even seen it. but if gp gets #s 1 and 4, i think we can officially give him the tmdb pattam :-)

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Yaar_db - I am not a real big database (jagaa vangurenn ippave).. But, my selective memory with movies is reasonably good, I think.. Agniparkshai ellam vaikkadheenga..

1) Alai Osai - Didnt see the movie.. but vaguely remember the songs because of IR.. Was Murali the hero?

2) Saadhanai- Sivaji, Prabhu, Nalini starrer. This movie's name got glued to its director even though it didnt fare well.. Prakasam, right? I remember the Laila-Majnu act from prabhu and his lover turning deadly, driving Sivaji to madness.. I didnt like that movie.

3) Aalapirandhavan - Kumudam, in its review gave "Arukka Pirandhavan". Satyraj, in a dual personality, which, surprising to think, is well before Shankar happened. Ambika was the heroine.

4)Poovukkul Boogambam - Thyagarajan and Parvathy (Mrs. Jayaram). I didnt see it. I think he produced and directed that movie.. Songs were reasonably good.. somebody like Sangeetharajan? The title was inspired from a line in "ABC nee vaasi.." song from Oru Kaidhiyin Diary..

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous yaar_db said...

thiruvilayadal stylil

iyaaa....neer db......naan verum kaali dabbi

3/4 correct

Alai Osai had our captain as hero. Interestingly the movie has an entry in imdb!

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

gp, not just answers but so much trivia for each of them! u r hereby officially given the title 'TMDB'!!

yaar, very funny :-)

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Yaar_db: Ungal vayaal db pattama? Vashishtar vaayal Rajarishi pattama? nandru nandri.. mikka nandri..

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Balaji, thanks to u too.. When I see the title of a movie, my sleeping grey cells get activated and flow out the trivia.. almost the same case with cricket too..

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous trivial_pursuit said...

More questions to our official tmdb. (Hints only for other mortals)

1) Which movie has the dubious distinction of having a duet featuring dogs?

2) Which actor, who specialized in playing the henchman of villains, has the distinction of also directing 2 Rajini movies? (Hint: he was also the director of the dog duet movie of 1)

3) Who is the hero of the film "Antha June 16m Naalil"? (Hint: A character actor who is qualified to be a BJP mascot)

4) Name the writer/director of the film "Uccha Kattam"?

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Man, more challenges? Naan dhaan Jagaa vaangittene.. Anyway, let me try..

1) Urimai? Suresh, Nalini starrer.. with Nalini in double role.. I remember a dog duet in that movie..

2) Rajni's old friend Natraj? (director of Anbulla Rajnikanth and Valli) He was the only villain in 'Moondram pirai'.

3)Sorry.. never heard of that movie.. No guess..

4) Raj Bharat? After a long break, he made a horror movie in 1988 or 89 (Idhudhaan Arambam) with himself as the hero (who investigates the horror) and Sudha as the heroine, who gets horrified.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous trivial_pursuit said...

Suresh - Revathi correct...but the movie name is "Selvi". Did IR seriously know how this song was going to be picturized?!

Correct!

This one always stumps dbs:) Senthaamarai - movie based on Pushpa Thangadurai's novel.....probably ran for a week and I'm probably one of the 16 who saw it :)

Correct!

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Oops.. Selvi.. right... I goofed up with the title.. Ilayaraja's songs have been picturized worse than the dog duet.. Since I saw that movie as a kid, i kinda enjoyed it.. ;-)

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

gp, all i can say is... dheivame! :)

trivial, that was a great clue for #3(the BJP part). word game loveraa?

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous GP said...

Balaji, romba nandri.. Dhayavuseidhu yaarum ennai sodhikkadheenga..

 
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