If the Prime Minister, tomorrow, announces a surgical strike against filmmakers whose currency is no longer valid, may I propose M Rajesh’s name? I have never been a fan of this director. His films go on and on, and there’s no rhythm – fatal in a comedy. His latest film, Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru, feels even longer, even more rhythmless. It begins with Kumar (GV Prakash Kumar) getting engaged to Priya (Nikki Galrani). But his ex Nancy (Anandhi) is in the equation too, and we cut to a flashback where Kumar tells Nancy he wants to taste Communion wafer. They go to church and he ends up singing Harris Jayaraj songs. Then she says she wants to taste the pongal and puliyodharai made in a Hindu temple. This love isn’t just blind, it’s hungry too.
Kumar and Nancy break up on a talk show based on Solvadhellam Unmai. Here’s the irony. Rajesh wants to spoof this TV programme. He wants to spoof the BSNL ads. The originals come off like classics. We meander from subplot to bloated subplot. One with Prakash Raj as a corrupt cop. One with Rajendran as a priest in a haunted house, an excuse to desecrate Navarathiri’s Iravinil aattam. I laughed just once, when MS Baskar, who plays Nancy’s father, tells Kumar, “Please shut your unbrushed mouth.” You have to wonder. At the writing stage, at the shooting stage, at the editing stage, does no one tell Rajesh his films suck? Why is this task always left to us, at the viewing stage ?
- Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru = There is a god up there!
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