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Kappal

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25 Dec, 2014 2 hrs 36 mins U
Vaibhav, Sonam Bajwa, Karunakaran, Arjunan, VTV Ganesh, Venkat Sundar
Vaibhav, Sonam Bajwa, Karunakaran, Arjunan, VTV Ganesh, Venkat Sundar
Karthik G Krish
Synopsis
A comedy that is often silly, at times offensive but overall funny
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  • Times of India
Synopsis: A group of friends make a pact as school kids that they will never marry so that their friendship can remain in tact. When one of them falls in love, the others try to sabotage the romance. What wins in the end — friendship or love?

Movie Review: Kappal deals with an important question — can friendship survive after the friends get married? But, the film's director, Karthik G Krish, is not after heavy philosophy but entertainment. So, he constructs the film as a comedy that is often silly, at times offensive but overall funny.

The film is centred on Vasu, who, as a school kid had been forced into a pact with his friends, who have decided not to marry so as to remains friends for ever. But, Vasu is attracted to girls but his friends will not let him get into a relationship. In school, he is infatuated with his classmate Gayathri, but that relationship doesn't take off after his friends, influenced by a school play on The Mahabharata, approach her and demand that she take all five of them as her lovers. College is even worse to Vasu, as his friends always tag along with him that he is even considered to be a homosexual. To break free from their clutches, Vasu dupes them and comes to Chennai, which, for him, is a land of girls waiting to be picked up. That his roommate Nelson is a philanderer doesn't help matters. Vasu starts wooing Deepika, a girl who gives him company at a pub one night, and after a point, she is attracted to him. However, Vasu's friends turn up at his doorstep and discover his betrayal. Now, they are hell bent on splitting the lovers apart.

Karthik comes from director Shankar's stable and the film is littered with several nods to his guru. In the Kaali Pasangada song sequence, where Vasu and some gangsters face-off by trading expletives, letters (which are suitably green in colour) come out of their mouths and assault their opponent just like how Prabhu Dheva's kisses and love arrows go and attack Gauthami in Chikku Bukku Rayile . And that's not all. The funky sets in the song Kadhal Casatta recall the similar quirky one from Kadhalikkum Pennin Kaigal from Kadhalan ; Sivaji's Vaaji Vaaji plays on the TV; while wooing Deepika, Vasu calls out to her using the phrase ' Vaanga pazhagalam '; in one scene, Deepika calls Vasu thoplan , that unique term of endearment by which Manisha Koirala addresses Arjun in Mudhalvan ; and during the closing credits, there is an allusion to Boys when the friends order drinks. And, the best thing is that these references do not stick out. The same goes for the appropriately inserted punchlines from the comedies of Goundamani and Vadivelu. The early portions, like the classroom scene, where the boys add marks and are found out, are quite fun.

This only indicates that a considerable amount of thought has gone into the script, which is why it is disappointing when Karthik piles on the cliches, indulges in misogyny and stretches the film beyond any need in the latter portions. Vasu actually stalks Deepika to make her fall in love with him but we are expected to side with the hero and laugh at the poor girl. That the heroine, Sonam Bajwa, is the latest in the list of north Indian girls who are more concerned about wearing above knee-length dresses than her lines and lip-sync only adds to it. We understand that a breakup scene is inevitable but the film's sudden shift in tone (anything-for-comedy to downright serious) towards the end is jarring. There is an unnecessary court room scene that is unfunny, and a couple of songs (including a remix of Karagattakkaran's Ooru Vittu Ooru Vandhu ) seem needless. The same goes for the extended scenes involving Deepika's bridegroom (who is another cliche — a wimpy north Indian) and his dad, and the film starts to plumb the depths of crassness.
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.2/5 ( 4 users )
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Mauli Agarwal
nice
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Kutty Foru
nice movie
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Motilal Lal
Kappal sailed well, very gud screen play & comic delivery.
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