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Times of India
: After their father, a commando, is killed by terrorists, two smart kids take it upon themselves to apprehend the head of the terrorist network and teach him a lesson. How they go about it forms the plot.
: Kalavoor Ravikumar’s third tryst at direction has him helming a movie that has the theme of patriotism at its core, but tells the story from the perspective of two children.
The movie introduces a family that comprises of commando Gautham Keshav (Anoop Menon), his wife Shahida (Bhavana) and two school-going sons Niranjan (Sanoop Santhosj) and Neeraj (Sidharth Ajith). The beautiful life of the family is dislodged after Keshav is murdered by terrorists. As Shahida puts on a brave front to lead a normal life for the kids, the two boys then take it upon themselves to avenge the death of their father after spotting the head of a terrorist network during a school trip.
For most parts, Kalavoor Ravikumar’s directorial is a wasted opportunity. The film could have easily cashed in on the plot to come up with a Home Alone type of fun film given the umpteen scenes involving the children using their expertise to capture one of India’s dreaded terrorist. Instead, the film takes itself too seriously and hence comes off as silly at the end of it – especially how the country’s most wanted has chosen a tourist site as his hiding place and has only three henchmen to help him out in dire need sort of defies logic.
The film’s protagonists are the two children played by Sanoop and Sidharth, who do their roles with ease and show no discomfort as child artistes. In fact, their antics make the movie watchable for kids, at least. The movie though has too many melodramatic scenes – like when Shahida tells her parents about how brave her husband was or the kids contemplating the modes for punishing a terrorist who killed their father. Kuttikalundu Sookshikuka is definitely a better attempt by Ravikumar than his previous directorial Father’s Day, but it still follows a clichéd path that sometimes errs on the side of a soap opera.