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      Default Kaaval ~ An Opinion

      Venue ~ TCR Ragam
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      Status ~ 70-75%

      After seeing Kaaval trailer, its pretty easy to understand what the movie is all about. Infacts its more easier to understand what the movie's plot is and what all things occur in midst. I believe, Nithin Renji Panicker, wanted to bring back what he experienced during 90s just like many of us while watching Suresh Gopi movies. In most of the movies, its never the plot that attracts us but the whole energetic presentation with oneliners (mostly in English). Since he is the son of Suresh Gopi's fav writer, a clear hangover is visible.

      As Kaaval trailer clearly conveys, Thamban (Suresh Gopi) & Antony (Renji Panicker) were Godfather(s) of an area and one day, Thambaan had to leave Antony and things fall downhill until Thambaan decides to comeback to be the guardian angel of Antony's family. Now do not get surprised regarding the reason why Thambaan left Antony. Just watch the trailer and you will find it. Here the biggest issue is the maker was trying to give a nostalgic experience of a good old revenge story. But the narration style was also belonging to 90s and I am not sure whether that will work even during 90s. NRP tried to make it dark and moody and yet he is unable to strengthen or develop the plot from the usual. As expected, he tried to bring a twist which can be smelt kms away mainly due to the 90s presentation. The writing was OK or rather stereotyped. Still the flashback just increased the energy of the movie. But once things come back to where the movie left, the clichés failed and occasional one-liners were not good enough to lift the movie. Usually emotional scenes turns out to be a big bore but in this movie it surprisingly looked fine. I honestly didn't find any unnecessary scenes yet the pacing was lethargic.

      Suresh Gopi is the lifeline of the movie and proved once again he was the member of the famous trio of 90s (Mohanlal, Mammotty being the others). He somehow trying to hold together the movie from falling and yet there is a limit (like Mohanlal in Big Brother). Renji Panicker supported him quite well. Zaya improved a lot from her debut performance. Esther Anil's bro was bad...simply bad. His performance during a tensed scene with Zaya was terrible. Muthumani, Saadhiq, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Sreejith Ravi came and left in their usual characters while a list of unknown faces did provide adequate support as baddies.

      Thes songs from Joseph director were melodious and placed well especially the "Kaarmegham..." by K S Chitra. The background score was equally good where I felt there a portion which was inspired rom Johnnie Walker's emotional "Chanchakkam Thenniyum.." score. There wasn't much to talk about other departments.

      I am sure many might remember those Suresh Gopi potboilers like Rajaputhran, Mahathma. Mark Antony etc etc where some left without trace while some succeeded despite of weak or same old plots. I don't think Kaaval possess the punch to be a successful potboiler. Still for those who wanted to watch Suresh Gopi, its an attempt you can try.

      Ratings - 6/10

      In one sequence, there was a reference of Suresh Gopi's iconic movie. It was placed superbly and perhaps the best scene in the movie.

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      Thanks. Any teasers/trailers of Marakkar before the film started?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Aravind Krishnan View Post
      Thanks. Any teasers/trailers of Marakkar before the film started?
      NONE!!!!

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      The main problem with NPK is that he is still in the 90s due to his Dad's influence.
      NPK needs to get updated if he wants to be a successful filmmaker in the future.

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      Kavaal is getting atleast average to one time watchable reviews because of one man show ie Suresh Gopi sir ,the life of this film.

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