: Krishnan, who has been living away from his family and friends in Mumbai, gets a call from his friend Ganga in Kerala, out of the blue. He senses danger, and leaves for Kammattipadam, where both of them grew up.
: A mob movie that explores the ties between gangsters, their blood-soaked lives and friendships, Rajeev Ravi's Kammattipadam shows how equations change when money comes in. Shot largely in a naturalistic mode, it also analyses what happens when their personal and gangster phases collide, through fascinating characters.
Krishnan (Dulquer Salmaan) works in Mumbai as a security officer, and has been keeping away from his family and friends in Kerala for long. One day, he receives a call from his childhood friend Ganga (Vinayakan), who asks Krishnan to come back to Kerala. Ganga also hints that his life is in danger. Intrigued, Krishan leaves for Kammattipadam where the two grew up.
The story spans over several years, starting from the childhood of the key characters, with many minor to key events shaping the plot at various junctures. The movie's central characters are men with a twisted moral compass, thanks to the explosive, non-violent atmosphere they grow up in filled with thugs and crime. It's close to 3 hours and has a good storyline, with enough potential to get viewers emotionally invested in its characters for most parts.
Fair warning, not everyone might find the story's setting and violent content indulgent enough. Otherwise, the casting is spot on and the milieu is showcased well, the plot and music brim with unexpected energy. The relatively new faces that play the rugged characters fit into the setting of the lawless land with ease, convincing acting. It's Vinayakan who steals the show for most parts, with his splendid portrayal of gangster Ganga. The character is similar to many roles he has played previously in M-Town, but he sure is the go-to guy when it comes to playing a Kochi-based thug, proves the actor. Dulquer seems to have done his best in all the varied avatars he appears in, and so have the rest of the actors, including the leading ladies Shaun Romy and Amalda Liz. In the second half, the film does get a bit dragging with the quest of the protagonist getting nowhere.
Kammattipadam is for those who love to garner some thrill through the ways of mobster squads and their rip-roaring life stories.