Idealism is the inspirational thread of cinema, literature and even art. Why else would Robin Hood and Batman exist, and more importantly, appeal to us so much?
Vikram, Shriya, Prabhu, Ashish Vidyarthi,Vadivelu
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And since society was, and continues to be, polarised between the rich and the poor, crusaders, caped or otherwise, have, over the years, entertained and even enthralled us. Of course, the idealism needs to be well fleshed out and the story narrated with loads of drama. And yes, there needs to be a compelling reason for a mission to save the world or protect the poor.
Kanthaswamy is literally the answer to the prayers of the poor, the downtrodden and yeah, even the youth who want Aishwarya Rai on their terrace for a live performance of ���Taal se taal mila��� and ���Dola re���. People leave their wish lists to god Kandhaswamy, the deity at Thirupporur temple, but it is superhero Kanthaswamy (Vikram) in the garb of a rooster who delivers. When crowds swell, DIG Parandaman (Prabhu) decides to investigate, convinced it is an ���asami��� and not ���sami��� who is behind it all. We are not kept in suspense for long and are soon shown how the superhero works.
Raiding the rich and feeding the poor is easy, when you have the right job, and a bunch of friends (they are a gang of 12) who are experts in every field from technology to finance do this. When CBI sleuths raid the house of Pazhuvur Paranjothi Ponnuswamy or PPP (Ashish Vidyarthi), he meets his match. PPP fakes a paralytic attack during the raid which nets Rs 1,000 crore, a nice nest egg for the rooster to help the poor. And then, PPP���s daughter Subbulakshmi (Shriya) says, "Leave him to me." She pretends to love, he pretends not to know she is trying to trap him.
Even as Parandaman gets on to the trail of the CBI cop, Kanthaswamy is off to Mexico, steals PPP���s stash funds, and is back. By then he is unmasked, but along comes a twist in the tale. But the motive is hardly convincing. Should have been a riveting film. Running for 3 hours and 20 minutes, it is clear the director is labouring, specially with all those lectures Vikram is made to spout. You do not look for logic in a commercial film, only a gripping script. And with a star like Vikram, who is stylish and charming, never overplaying his role for even a fraction of a second, the film should have been racier and edgier.
Shriya seems to have taken lessons from a belly dancer, as well., and the two numbers, ���Excuse me��� and ���En peru Meena Kumari��� are good. N K Ekambaram���s camera is a treat and stands out amid all the gloss. Check it out for the Vikram factor.