Kammattipaadam movie review
Kammattipaadam movie review: Kammattipaadam is a musical cinema depicting Kochi’s past; a water rich agricultural land destroyed to make way for a ‘Smart’ City. Kammattipaadam is the story of kochi’s people, who worked incessantly and loved each other, but lost everything at the end.
Kammattipadam progresses through a protagonist who is in pursuit of a missing person. Krishnan (Dulquer, with a thick moustache and salt on his hair), is a security guard at a film shootinglocation in Mumbai. He gets a call from a long-lost friend, Ganga (Vinayakan), who is also a goon in Kochi. Ganga tells Krishnan (in a rather ominous tone) to return to Kochi and take back his former lover, currently Ganga’s wife. Sensing that his best friend is in danger, Krishnan heads home, and begins searching for Ganga.
Kammattipadam has a real feel to it but fails at certain places, atleast audience might feel like that. As an example, the opening scene shows a fatally wounded Krishnan is struggling to walk on an empty road. Suddenly a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation KSRTC bus stops, and he gets in. The man is literally bleeding, almost in the stage of going unconscious, but the conductor is not bothered and asks Krishnan to purchase the ticket. And all the other passengers seems to be ignorant of Krishans injury and situation. Usually Rajeev Ravi movies depict Society, as a whole, which is cold and has no sympathy. It’s the greedy and manipulative who win the game of life, and the poor and common man falls prey to the curupt and selfish system. But through lead characters he also tries to show the ones with the rare ability to love selflessly.
When Krishnan arrives in Kochi, Anu (Shaun Romy) asks him exasperatedly, “Are you insane? Why are you looking for him? If you were the one in danger, would he have come to save you?” There’s the déjà vu moment. We have heard this before. In Njan Steve Lopez, Steve begins to immerse himself in a problem which isn’t really his business, and the people around him question him in the exact same way. In Kammattipadam, we aren’t watching a different movie. We’re watching an extension of Rajeev Ravi’s world.
Krishnan, the best looking man in Kammattipadam, is also the gang’s brain. He almost never jumps into issues. He knows when to keep quiet, and when to scream. When he finds out about Ganga’s one-sided love for Anita, he doesn’t immediately react. Surendran, the former teashop owner, discovers and nurtures Balan, Ganga, and Krishnan’s violent instincts. Till the very end, even as his wealth grows substantially, he remains the ever-smiling manipulator.
The nature of the script lends predictability to the story. Even as Krishnan goes from door to door in search of Ganga, we expect no twists or a happy ending. Because this guy, an impulsive alcoholic, has always lived life on the edge, and created more enemies than friends. Anything could have happened to him. He is the kind of a person no gangster would want to kidnap. Never a conspirator, never worth any ransom; Krishnan’s quest generates no surprises.
For a Rajeev Ravi film, the mediocre VFX and dramatic action sequences are a surprise. The level of violence certainly merited the ‘A’ certificate. Composer K’s music peps up these action sequences. With his adrenaline igniting music, he even manages to make the sight of bones cracking look cool. He is to Rajeev Ravi what Amit Trivedi and Sneha Khanwalker were to Anurag Kashyap in Gangs Of Wasseypur.
Dulquer is Mollywood’s luckiest actor these days. He has films in every genre, and as an actor, constantly outperforms himself with each film. Manikantan, a theatre artiste, is perfect as Balan, Ganga’s brother. There are numerous characters in the background who appear for less than a few minutes, yet create an indelible impression. Like Ganga’s grandfather, who dies of a heartache.
Vinayakan is the undisputed star of the film. He has powerful body language and the ability to deliver dialogues as if he owns the lines. He is flawless as Ganga. Watch him singing the song of his ancestors at a wedding function. He may not know what the lyrics mean, but he’s enchanted by the tune. There is a moving sense of irony in the scene. The Kammattipadam described in the song is long dead, and on that land stands a city that has no place for his people. All that he has left, is the song.
P Balachandran’s script seems to be with a real spine. Music of the film is by K John P. Varkey The background score of the film is to be specislly mentioned and syncs well with the footage.
In short Kammatipaadam is a watchable movie, and those who can tolerate the intense blood filled scenes that Mollywood has witnessed in recent times, they would like it. We will give it a 3/5