Raghava Lawrence made it clear with his very first teasers that ‘Kanchana’ is a film for hardcore horror film buffs and there’s a load of entertainment as it was in his previous directorial ‘Muni’. Yes, ‘Kanchana’ is engaging in parts as it carries some essential commercial elements - Fun, Glamour, Romance, Emotions and more Horror.
Horror-Humour have been the unusual combination when it comes down to the universal law of moviemaking pattern. Maybe, we have had whole lots of spoofs played on the spine- chilling horror movies like ‘Scream’ and few other movies.
Raghava Lawrence comes up with a creative idea of blending them together and if you’re asking has he succeeded with his notions? To a certain extent of keeping audiences from ‘B and C’ centres intact.
Raghava (Raghava Lawrence) is nowhere different from the same characterization as in ‘Muni’ as he has a bad fear upon ghosts. In fact, he fears even narrating a ghost story to children. Well he wants his mother (Kovai Sarala) accompanying him to the toilet during night times. He has a picture-perfect family with elder brother (Sriman), his wife (Deva Darshini). Her sister Priya (Lakshmi Rai) has a deep liking for Raghava and they fall in love after certain circumstances.
But what Raghava fearer of ghosts is unaware is that he gonna be engaged with an unimagined encounters with a group of ghosts.
What unfolds next is a series of twists in the tale blended with appropriate quantity of humour with an emotional factor to hook upon.
Despites the complete film moving on with a running length of 2hrs30minutes
(approximately) , it manages to keep us away from distractions and restlessness. Perfect casting is one of the reasons that makes the film on good pages. Say for instances, it’s an unexpected performance from Kovai Sarala and perhaps, it’s the first time in last decade, she has got a meaty role to perform in terms of humour. Sriman and Deva Darshini have done their roles exactly as with accordance to the nature of characters.
Ragha Lawrence has improvised his emoting skills for we can witness him underplaying his part during major portions. However, he steals the show during the climax portion that includes the actor appearing in three different looks. Lakshmi Rai doesn’t get much scope and is merely used for the sake of glamour. Sarath Kumar’s cameo role is tremendous, but he could have tried shedding his image during stunt sequences. Overall, his role is a complete surprise.
Technically, background score doesn’t evoke the eerie feeling and the songs are mediocre while cinematography needs special mention and so is editing.
On the flip side, the predictions run unceasingly towards the second half, but Raghava doesn’t fail to surprise us.
On the whole, ‘Kanchana’ is a middling movie and is for the major group of audiences that are curiously looking out for entertainment.
What works: Performance, Screenplay, Humor and Horror mix, Sarath Kumar, Kovai Sarala and Ragha Lawrence, Climax
What doesn’t work: Predictable in few parts, Songs, onscreen chemistry between Raghava & Lakshmi Rai.
Verdict: Watch it without expectations
Production: Raghava Lawrence, Rama Narayanan
Direction: Raghava Lawrence
Star-casts: Raghava Lawrence, Lakshmi Rai, Sarath Kumar, Kovai Sarala, Sriman, Deva Devarshini and others
Review by Richard Mahesh
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