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22 Mar, 2013 2 hrs 25 mins U
Senthil Kumar, Iniya, Murugesan
'Kanpesum Vaarthaigal' comprises mostly underwritten characters and the manner in which things unfold is far from organic.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Synopsis: Mahesh (Senthil) gives up badminton and moves to Singapore in search of work. There he meets Janani (Iniya), who is on a work contract. Mahesh's badminton skills are appreciated by a coach, who takes him under his wing and offers him citizenship to play for Singapore. When things start looking up, Janani gets deported!

Review: If there is one take away from ' Kanpesum Vaarthaigal ', it is that sports have to go a long way in our country. After being asked to stop playing and find a job, Magesh leaves for Singapore. In the foreign land, he finds that sports are treated with far more respect than in India. Apart from that, the movie goes through the boy-meets-girl and falls in love routine, which for most part feels like a TV serial.

Sometimes, the way Mahesh's life pans out makes us feel that somebody is holding a magic wand to conjure up each of his wishes. He is forced to burn his badminton racquet as his family is badly in need of money. "I want a job. Take me to Singapore," he tells his friend Appukutty (Murugesan). In the very next scene, he is seen admiring the highrises of Singapore. Most wishes in Mahesh's life are merely a dialogue away.

On the other hand, Janani has a tough life having to handle her sister's husband (played by Rajendran), who has sent her away to Singapore for money, a ruthless boss and Mahesh, who keeps constantly 'following' her. Though uninterested, she remains friendly with Mahesh despite him troubling her. Finally, love happens!

Senthil has good comic timing and scenes involving him and Murugesan bring in a few laughs. But he needs a lot of improvement in the emotional scenes. Murugesan does a neat job but Rajendran appears a pale shadow of himself from his ' Naan Kadavul ' outing.

The 'Gangnam Style' might be slowly fading out in popularity abroad, but our movies seem to be embracing it with a vengeance. Two movies have featured it this week. While 'Rangrezz' (Hindi) officially obtained rights for the viral hit, ' Kanpesum Vaarthaigal ' uses it (legally?) -- and badly, with Magesh and Appukutty styling their hair and groping random women.

' Kanpesum Vaarthaigal ' comprises mostly underwritten characters and the manner in which things unfold is far from organic. Mahesh's early life as a badminton player and the subsequent love story feel like two different episodes, leaving the audience to assume and put several things together.
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