Review: Kaalakoothu makes for a decent watch

Directed by debutant M Nagarajan, the film’s claim to fame is its ensemble cast comprising Prasanna, Kalaiyarasan, Dhansika and Srushti. Though the actors have successful films to their credit, the expectation around Kaalakoothu was minimal, especially because of the extended delay in release.
A still from the film Kaalakoothu
A still from the film Kaalakoothu

Chennai

There were no widespread promotions prior to its release. The movie opens in a school in the temple town of Madurai, where Hari (Kalaiyarasan) is seen playing with his classmates. An orphaned Eswar (Prasanna) is brought to school by his grandfather, gets bullied by Hari and his friends. However, when Hari’s mom passes away, Easwar is there for him and the kids grow up to become good friends. The friends fall in love with girls from the same town — Gayathri (Dhansika) has her heart set on Hari and Revathi’s (Srushti) love interest is Eshwar — and support each other during troubled times. After ups and downs between both the couples, the first half ends with an intriguing twist when Hari’s father decides to meet Revathi’s father to speak about their marriage. The second half begins with the same pace and subsequent events lead up to the climax, where the back story unfolds. Even though it’s quite a wait, we would suggest audiences hold on, at least there isn’t a lack of entertainment until then. 
Director Nagarajan has managed to impress with his screenwriting skills. The script isn’t complicated and is a feel-good- film throughout.  Two things have been captured brilliantly in the film, one is the friendship and the other is Madurai. All the actors speak the dialogues in the local dialect quite naturally.  Prasanna post Thiruttupayale , has given yet another impressive performance. He carried off the role of a conservative yet aggressive youngster well. Kalaiyarasan has surely emerged from the shadow of ‘Anbu’ from Madras and has played the role of a Madurai guy with ease. He also manages to make the audience laugh with his humour. Heroines, Sai Dhansika and Srushti Dange have played their parts well. Dhansika’s performance in the climax is one of the talking points of the film. Justin Prabhakaran’s music has been used well by Nagarajan and the songs are quite catchy. The character artistes too have carried the movie well.  While the element of friendship strikes a chord with the A centre of the audience, the film will appeal to the B and C section of the audience away from Chennai due to the authentic Madurai touch. Overall, Kaalakoothu is a decent watch for the weekend.
KAALAKOOTHU 
Cast: Prasanna,  Kalaiyarasan, Dhansika, Srushti Dange 
Directed by: M Nagarajan 
Music:  Justin Prabhakaran 
Synopsis:  The film is about two friends, Eswar and Hari, who are more like brothers. 
While the duo gets into trouble in different circumstances, whether they survive or sink, forms the crux of the story
Rating: 2.5/5

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