Producer S P B Charan, who keeps on experimenting with newcomers and new themes, has now come out with yet another bold attempt. His latest offering ‘Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum’ (KPKP), directed by newcomer Rajmohan, is a film that falls in the genre of rural absed realistic films.
The storyline goes like this: Thulasi (Thananya) comes to the coastal village Muttam (near Kanyakumari) along with her grandmother (Nagamma) after her parents had deserted her. She joins a government school in the village. Kuchelan alias Kocha (Ramakrishnan), studying in the same school falls for her and Thulasi too reciprocatres to his pure love.
Kocha's mother Chandra (Agavamma) helps the poor Thulasi but turns violent when she comes to know about the romance. She humiliates Thulasi in public when her son has gone for a school tour. She drives Thulasi and her grandmother out of the village before Kocha returns. After his return, Kocha rushes to see his lover but an accident puts him on bed for several days.
Meanwhile, Thulasi, who seeks refuge in a relative’s family at Thoothukkudi, is forced to marry a criminal Draman (Tharun Chatriya). His unlawful activities put him in constant trouble and sometimes behind the bars.
Once he is arrested in a murder case and Thulasi and her grandma have to come back to Muttam. The girl refuses to see her ex lover, who is now lost himself in liquor following the love failure.
Kocha however, helps Thulasi in indirect ways. He even goes to the extent of saving her husband by taking up the responsibility of a murder committed by Dharma. The bloddy climax shows what happens to the lovers.
Director Rajmohan has done his home work neatly. He has meticulously worked on the minute details of the coastal village and its lifestyle. He has captured the essence of the living and the culture of his chosen ground. He has etched some characters beautifully (especially Agavamma and the lady in Thoothukkudi) and written some sharp and realistic dialogues. He has also executed the film in a commendable manner.
On the flipside, the director has made the second half look single dimensional and predictable. The way Thulasi and her grandma suffer is hard to digest. The climax too is clichéd. The director, who has made a realistic and poetic portrayal of the village and a teen age love, has failed to keep the momentum, as he has restored to stereotypes rather than going deep into the subject.
Cinematographer Siddharth has captured the seashore and the landscape of the collage brilliantly. Yuvan Shankar Raja has added a meaningful dimension to the narrative with his imaginative background score. The songs Kadaloram stands out.
Ramakrishnan is not your usual hero in terms of looks yet he fits the bill and delivers a solid performance. Thananya looks natural and emotes well. Her expressive eyes exude lot of emotions.
Chandra as Agavamma and Nagamma as the grandma have done their respective parts well. Kannada actor Tharun Chatriya as Dharma is quite emphatic.
Rajmohan has to be appreciated for his bold attempt to tell a story of a true love without tampering the reality. The movie would have been far better had he avoided some predictable and single dimensional sequences in the second half.