Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal Synopsis
Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal is a limited-edition timepiece that can only be appreciated in parts.
Only in portions does this romcom with a dream cast entertain.
Critic’s Rating: 2.5/5
Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kaadhal Story
Rambo, who works as both a taxi driver and a bouncer, falls in love with two ladies who have quite different personalities. What happens when he has to make a decision?
Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kaadhal Review:
Falling in love with two persons at the same time is not a new concept in Tamil film; Rajinikanth and Mohan have done it before. Vignesh Shivan also tackles a similar theme in his novel Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kaadhal, which is packed with humour and emotions. However, the approach here prevents you from really appreciating the film as it was intended. The narrative is quite predictable, and the events appear to occur without any actual conflict.
The film begins with a little child, Ranjankudi Anbarasan Murugesan Boopathy Oohondhiran alias Rambo, fleeing his ailing mother feeling that he has a jinx on his life and that his very presence may damage her. After a few years, we see an adult Rambo (Vijay Sethupathi) who works as a cab driver during the day and as a bouncer at night. In each of his lifetimes, he has feelings for Khatija (Samantha) and Kanmani (Nayanthara), two very different women. Rambo believes the jinx in his life has been broken when both ladies propose to him, and he receives everything he desires in quadruple doses.
Trouble arises when he is forced to choose between his two lovers as reality sets in. Despite the simplicity of the plot, Vignesh Shivan manages to build a different universe for the three major characters, each with their own intriguing backstories. While everything appears to be going well at first, the storyline begins to unravel as the movie goes. It devolves into yet another pointless romantic comedy, failing to do credit to Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, and Samantha’s ideal team. What we’re missing here are the real-life difficulties and complexities that come with a three-way partnership.
Just when we think things are going to become serious, Shivan lightens the mood with a witty remark. Though his treatment is appropriate for a romcom, several situations might have been written more convincingly for the viewer to relate to.
The scenes of Nayanthara caring for her sister and crippled brother, and how Sethupathi bonds with them, are lovely, and Shivan could have gone deeper into them. Rambo’s personal travels with both ladies are fascinating, but when their worlds converge, the film loses pace and only manages to elicit a few laughs.
Anirudh, the film’s big rescuer, transforms it into a watchable experience with his foot-tapping tunes and emotive background soundtrack. Anirudh and Vignesh Shivan, who created a magnificent experience in Naanum Rowdy Thaan, are only able to replicate a portion of it. Despite the shoddy writing, the very presence of Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, and Samantha elevates even the most mundane sequences. A single-shot sequence in which Vijay Sethupathi gives a long monologue highlights the actor’s abilities and how a skilled actor can make a situation fascinating.
Samantha and Nayathara have worked effectively together, demonstrating why they are two of the most sought-after actresses in the industry. Sreesanth, the cricketer who portrays Samantha’s lover, does a good job and manages to wow in a small part. Because there isn’t much room for experimentation, the cinematography and editing are simple. Kaathuvakkula Rendu Kadhal is a one-time viewing that can only be appreciated in parts.
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