‘Kanthaswamy’ is a commercial movie that has style and substance combined with a strong message. Director Susi Ganesan has delivered a film that has all the trademark superhero-movie elements like flashy action scenes and eye-popping special effects.
‘Kandasamy’ opens with scenes of people flocking to a Murugan temple which fulfills all the prayers made at the temple. All those who submit their woes as petitions to Kandasamy on a piece of paper and tie it to a tree in the temple, find that their problems are miraculously solved.
Soon Kandasamy (Vikram), a caped crusader dressed as a rooster and one who takes up cases of ordinary folks from the tree and goes about resolving their issues in a Robin Hood-esque manner, becomes a phenomenon. DIG of Police (Prabhu) suspects something fishy and starts probing the matter.
Meanwhile we get to see another Kandasamy (Vikram), a daring CBI officer, who is on a mission to unearth black money amassed by the rich. He raids the house of PPP (Ashish Vidyarti) and finds unaccounted cash and documents of various foreign deals worth over Rs1000 crore!
PPP’s daughter Subbalakshmi (Shriya Saran) decides to pretend as if she has fallen in love with the IPS officer to take revenge on him.
Ashish finds that it the same officer, who acts as God Kanthaswamy. He tries to check mate him and Vikram is ready for the game.
Susi has given a logical dimension to the story besides making it look stylish and grand. His dialogues too are quite sharp. The rooster Kandasamy introduction scene is terrific while the fighting in boat house and Mexico are stunning. He charms you with his woman avatar as well.
Vikram takes the cake as he rocks throughout the film. He has given an extra-dimension to each of the roles he plays. He looks stylish and caries the roles with amazing ease.
Shriya, who flaunts her curvaceous body, is eye candy. Prabhu and Ashish Vidyarthi do their jobs well. Vadivelu manages to make us laugh.
The innovative camera work of cinematographer NK Ekambaram makes the film visually stunning. Thotta Dharani’s art work is marvelous.
Devi Sri Prasad has given hit songs with ‘Excuse me Mr. Kandasamy’ and ‘Yen Peru Meenakumari’ standing out.
‘Kandasamy’ is in the league of Shankar’s films that promote a fantasy like solution to social problems. Susi tried to do the same in more convincing manner. Susi’s hard-work reflects in each and every frame. But he has failed to make the movie engrossing through out the proceedings, as he has stretched a bit too far. He has created lot of unwarranted scenes that mar the overall impact. The length (190 minutes) is the major problem of the film, which otherwise is highly watchable.
Despite these flaws, Kanthaswamy does entertain thanks to the efforts of the director, cinematographer and Vikram.