Kanithan Movie Review

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.

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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

Waiting Movie Review

Nobody likes hospitals. Me neither. The frowning faces, the beeping devices, the distracting smell and things of that sort have always been a pest. To set a film in that premise, to create two impacting characters and to make one sit through it. That is surely some feat. Anu Menon does just that in her latest directorial, Waiting.

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Most of Waiting is set within the confines of a hospital which begets the charming landscape of Kochi in its background. The film begins and ends at this venue, with its pivotal points rooted here as well. Crossing over the stories of two couples – one young and one old, Menon narrates the moving story of Tara and Shiv, two individuals who are ‘waiting’ for their partners who suffer from a coma. The duo develop a peculiar relationship during their tough time at the hospital, learning and unlearning a ton of truths about life and it’s uncanny surprises.

However strong a script may be, the main box you’ll need to check are the artists who are going to take your story to your audiences. In this context, we have Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah, who bowl you over with their standout performances. Kalki as the coming-of-age girl is a revelation, with her impatience and instability hindering her path. Watch out for the opening sequences right after hearing the news about her husband. Much needn’t be said about Naseeruddin Shah, who is an auteur par excellence, being the boss of whatever he does. With these two at the centre, it is Rajat Kapoor who makes a mark as the negative-minded doctor, with an applause to the scene where he teaches his disciple. Waiting also has interesting cameo appearances from Arjun Mathur, Suhasini Mani Ratnam and ‘Koya’ from ‘Premam’.

The icing on the cake are the visuals that the film brings you, where Menon incorporates a fresh new sleeve onto Kochi’s natural scene. Apart from this, the vibrant costumes manage to catch your eye and help making the experience a touch more pleasant.

On the flip-side, the film shifts down in gear towards the end by a bit, losing the momentum which was at a breakneck right from the start. In a dialogue-oriented narrative, it is really important to keep away from repetitions, which lead to monotony. However, a cute little episode between the elder pair will surely bring the smile back to your face.

At an aerial view, Waiting succeeds thanks to its matured writing, neat direction and expectedly solid performances from its leads. Watch it when it comes out, for this is something worth a wait.

Verdict: Engaging, enlightening tale.

3.5 / 5