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Times of India
Synopsis: A couple finds their child missing and the woman who stole the baby goes into coma. Eight years later, four kids from an orphanage go to a summer camp. And one of them is the lost baby!
Review: Katha Solla Porom resembles a TV drama, both in the scenes that feature adults and those that have kids. It unfolds in a manner that suggests that the director came up with a solid one-line story but then forgot to turn this into a film with fully fleshed-out characters and involving sub-plots.
The film begins with a man (Naren) losing his new-born child. He and the cops go after the woman who stole it, but she meets with an accident and goes into coma. The film then cuts to eight years later. The man and his wife (Vijayalakshmi) are still pining for their lost child. The search for the child continues and these scenes are intercut with scenes involving four kids from an orphanage — Priya (Shibana), Anitha (Raveena), Arun (Aravind Raghunath) and Arjun (Arjun) — who are at a summer camp. The latter scenes mainly involve Arun and his rivalry with Teenu and his gang, and Priya's friendship with Anitha, who is blind and longs for a mother.
Despite the suspense inherent in the plot (who is the lost child?), the film moves in a rather relaxed fashion. We are made to put up with comedy that even kids might feel childish, and an investigation that happens in an unexciting manner. Our only comfort is that things do not become unbearable.
Thankfully, the climax comes as a surprise when one of the girls chooses to make a sacrifice for the sake of her friend. It isn't really a twist ending, but still packs in a wallop that gets us all emotional. If only had the director displayed the kind of focus that these scenes have, this could have become an emotionally moving film like Azhagu Kutti Chellam.