Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal Movie Review
Rambo (Vijay) is in love with two ladies at the same time: Khatija (Samantha) and Kanmani (Nayanthara). So he asks why can’t these people fall in love with two people to remain with both of them and, as he can, both Idli and Dosa?
Star Cast: Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupati & Samantha
Director: Vignesh Shivan
Available on: Nearly Theatres
Time: 159 Minutes
Watch or Not? While the performances are sincere and superb, the story is fighting for its life. You could try it if you are a fan, or you could wait for the OTT release.
Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, or KPK, begins with a narrative of a youngster who is deprived of love and affection owing to his fate. If he gets too close to it when it’s surrounding him, it dies. So he flees his mother for the same reason. Sounds intriguing, right? So he grows up and pretends to have Dissociative Identity Disorder to court two ladies simultaneously and double dates them. He also encourages them to marry each other!
The journey into this world is truly intriguing. Who went into the theater without seeing any sponsored content, not the trailer? I was curious to know how a story about such a boy whose been enjoying life similar in nature to a dessert would unfold. However, the profundity in Vignesh Shivan’s narrative ends where the creators introduce you to the movie. What follows is a film that transports us back to the troubled 80s, when men wrote a story with their androgens in mind.
But the issue does not stop there. The underlying problem is that the creators attempt to destroy their so-called “slice-of-life” concept by portraying it as a woke film that discusses polyamory without criticizing it. One issue for the writers: if the gaze was intended to be non-judgmental, why is a man given the benefit of having two women battling for him? Why don’t these ladies ever accuse their boyfriends of cheating on them? When they phone him, they forget about it in less than five minutes and are now talking about their marriage with him.
The film addresses the patriarchal gaze and how males profit when women fight. But why don’t women in 2022 have the power to speak up in your world? Why does a performer of Samantha’s quality continue to play a character who needs a guy to inform her forced fiancée that he’s also a prick?
The relationship seems interesting when done independently with the two females in their different plots. Nayanthara’s segment, in particular, is stunning.
Direction & Music
Vignesh Shivan develops the atmosphere of a time when Govinda cheated on his wife to romance other women. There is a desire to produce a movie with a perspective and message while still telling jokes, but it fails.
Anirudh’s music is incredible, and every song would be on playlists for a lot longer.
It’s Vijay Sethupati, Nayanthara, and Samantha, who are experts in their fields. Vijay, as always, transforms into his persona, and you never get the impression that he is a similar person from Masters or Ultra Superb.
Samantha and Nayanthara both portray their parts truthfully. Since they are categorized as being total opposite ladies, it is a redeeming grace that one challenges at least one of their decisions.
In any event, the film wouldn’t have worked. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way to remove the word “problematic” from the welcome mat.