The action thriller bug crawled into the minds of Kollywood directors few years ago, and ever since, they have been trying their best to bring about different topics to the scene. Small, short stories which lie at the little corners of the newspapers have been brought to the limelight through this genre which allows the thinker to infuse it into the commercial format.
The latest to join this breed of young guns is none other than AR Murugadoss’ protégé, TN Santhosh. In his first outing ‘Kanithan’ he plays out with the infamous fake certificate scans which encircle the common public. With a street smart protagonist and a brawny opposite, Kanithan delivers terrific thrills as it gets over the line with minimum lulls. The films takes 30 minutes of your time to establish its characters with a few comic episodes and a love track, but from thereon, it picks up pace with the central plot gaining momentum. At a breakneck speed, the film gallops towards the interval block, which ends with a superb fight scene. The second half gives you more adrenaline, as the game of cat and mouse between Atharvaa and the stiff but power-packed baddie Tarun gets better with equal shades of brain and brawn.
In his most entertaining film till date, Atharvaa lends out a neat performance as Gautham Ramalingam. Looking his part as a press reporter, he belts out long dialogues with ease and performs his stunts in style. Even in the songs which act as huge speed-breakers, he is extremely energetic along with Catherine Tresa who fits into the shoes of a commercial heroine nicely. Bhagyaraj, Karuna Karan and Sunder Ramu get a scene each to score with the rest of the cast passing muster.
Kanithan is backed by a strong technical team too. While Arvind Krishna generates rich frames even in the road shots, Bhuvan Srinivasan’s neat cuts compliment the film well. The interval block is one scene where all the elements come together very nicely, resulting in a good dose of fun. You would only wish for better songs and BGM.
Toting up, Kanithan is a solid film that accounts as a good watch for thrill seekers. Though the aura of the Thuppakkis and the Thani Oruvans are inevitably present, TN Santhosh comes up with a fairly engaging fare that becomes the big-ticket film for Atharvaa at this point of his career.
Summary: Kanithan is a solid film that accounts as a good watch for thrill seekers. Though the aura of the Thuppakkis and the Thani Oruvans are inevitably present, TN Santhosh comes up with a fairly engaging fare that becomes the big-ticket film for Atharvaa at this point of his career.
Verdict: Brisk, punchy thriller.
3.25 / 5