Average show by K.V. Anand

Reviews 22-Apr-2011 5:37 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Having made films on unusual themes with the commercial blend, K.V. Anand has been riding on the success of ‘Kana Kanden’ and ‘Ayan’. Much alike these films, ‘Ko’ is done with the same panache of stunning visuals, breathtaking stunts, perfect casting of actors and an unexpected twist in the tale (has been a must factor of K.V. Anand’s films).

Produced by RS Infotainments with a whooping budget, the film revolves around a thin plot. But the narrative structure of K.V. Anand makes it up for 2hrs 45mins of long journey. To mark the verdicts,

‘Ko’ is a passable entertainer with commercial ingredients taking its place far above than the actual plot.

Ashwin (Jeeva), photojournalist of leading newspaper along with reporter Renuka (Karthika) are assigned with the coverage of political stories. With the election campaigns popping across nook and corners of the town, a group of ambitious youngsters under the political party ‘Siragugal’ led by Vasanthan (Ajmal) work on their propaganda. But it turns out to be unceasing hassles for the youngsters as they face more problems one after the other with a terrible bomb blast at youth rally, which kills many people including Saro (Pia), Ashwin’s colleague. Much distressed with the pathetic scenario, Vasanth decides to quit politics fearing for the dreadful outcomes caused by the powerful politicians (Prakash Raj and Kota Srinivasa Rao). But the story take an ultimate turn in the second half with an unpredictable climax.

Lots of actors were taken into consideration for the lead roles, but finally it was Jeeva, Ajmal, Karthika and Pia picking up the best offers. In fact, they get a good scope when compared with the senior actors like Prakash Raj and Kota Srinivasa Rao. To be precise, Jeeva and Ajmal are the only option that K.V. Anand would afford for. It’s worth mentioning that he had previously approached A-league stars, but things didn’t work out. Hats off to Jeeva for accepting this script that has equal footage for the other lead character… In fact, we find that Ajmal dominates Jeeva in many portions, but he steals the show with the stunning act in climax. Though the gimmicks done with camera look quite artificial to a certain extent, it can be excused for its commercial element… Karthika looks confident over each frame and looks beautiful indeed. She gives more prominence even the minute details of her expressions. But the skimpy costumes in songs don’t suit her image. Ajmal steals the show for his brilliant performance. We have already seen his ne plus ultra show in ‘Anjathey’ and this one too proves good of his adeptness. Prakash Raj and Kota Srinivas Rao appear in extended cameo roles. The screenplay blatantly reveals the real culprit during first couple of shots in post-intermission sequence.

While the protagonist is busy investigating the death of his close friend Saro, we find unwanted distractions with couple of songs. The flashback sequence of just one song could have been avoided as it drags the film and so is the song ‘Venpaniya’. Though the locations in these songs are fabulous, they’re nowhere close to the film. But the song ‘Ennamo Yedho’ is very well choreographed as K.V. Anand adds some significant visuals to match the lyrics. Though we have almost all the leading stars of Kollywood appearing in the song ‘Aga Naga’, it isn’t up to the expectations.

Three sequences in the film are enthralling

1. Jeeva capturing the clandestine marriage of Kota Srinivasa Rao with a 13yr old girl.

2. The situational song of ‘Ennamo Yedho’.

3. The opening chase of ‘Bank Heist’ (though the stunts look artificial).

The three factors that act as spoiler

1. Pooja during her death tries conveying something earnestly. It’s so obvious that she is revealing the culprit.

2. The background score.

3. K.V. Anand purposely drags the film to nearly 3 hours. The film could have done justice with just 2 hours. It would have been a sleek thriller.

Richard M Nathan steals the show with his cinematography as he captures every shot with perfection and good clarity
while Anthony’s editing suffers a lot. There are so many discontinuities in the sequences, especially the climax point. Though the climax is justifying with logic, the action sequence is too unbelievable. A photographer who strongly believes that his instrument is the weapon (very well shown in the opening sequence) does follow the same thing in climax, but then the hand-against-hand combat becomes a major hurdle and fails to justify.

Harris Jayaraj’s background score is a big disappointment. He tries experimenting with various instruments and fusion, but nothing suits the visuals well.

On the whole, ‘Ko’ has a strong message for the youth in politics, but when it comes down to screenplay, K.V. Anand doesn’t carry forth the script with the same efforts that were very much prevalent in ‘Kana Kanden’ and ‘Ayan’.

What works: Casting, Songs, Cinematography, Climax

What doesn’t: Logic missing, screenplay, placement of songs…

Verdict: Average show by K.V. Anand

Production: RS Infotainment, Red Giant Movies

Direction: K.V. Anand

Star-casts: Jeeva, Ajmal, Karthika, Pia, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao and others

Music: Harris Jayaraj

Cinematography: Richard M Nathan

Editing: Anthony

Review by Richard Mahesh

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