Review of the film “Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham”: Nivin Polly’s comedy turns out to be his parody
In the first series of credits reminiscent of reports from old plays:
Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham makes a clear statement of intent that should not be taken too seriously. It’s always fun when a director does that and lets the material flow freely in all directions. But it can be catastrophic when things go wrong – as it did in the second half of the movie – after what was interesting at the start.
In his second film, after the adorable Android Kunjappan, Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval writes a story around missing jewels, like Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.
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But so far, the similarities between the two films are over. Pavitran (Nivin Pauli), a young actor who runs a theater school with two students. And his wife Haripria (Grace Anthony), a former actress in a television series.
Who are going through difficult times in their personal lives. They decide to take a trip to make things right, but that turns out to be a bad idea. The hotel they are staying in is less functional than that of their family.
At the same time, the lack of gold-plated jewelry. It becomes the symbol of a messy marriage and a way out of disappointment in the couple’s personal and professional life. And the anger of overworked and underemployed people paid the hotel staff.
The hotel lobby, where the whole ensemble meets, is a scene of lively humor. From a hotel manager his girlfriend constantly bullies to a writer.
Being ridiculed by a drunkard for his fictitious “handicap” to a couple worried about “the goose” in their bed. By not walking properly in the hotel. There are a lot of laughs in this section.
But then the scenario decreases:
Repeating the same mistake in different ways creates the feeling that the director is out of ideas. Towards the end, even the attempted sexual assault is treated with humor, meaning the screenwriter lost it.
Despite some attempts to mock stereotypes. There are ugly stereotypes in the script about characters from minority communities. However, these characters also get some of the best comic book scenes in the movie.
Even if the director boldly clings to making an integral comedy with absurd humor. The film only succeeds to a certain extent.
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Although it aims to be a social satire, it falls short of what Paapam Cheyyathavar Kalleriyatte has similarly achieved over the past year or so. All the unusual sets and movie tips. Including Stanley Kubrick’s hotel room horror, The Shining, is wasted on a film that ends up being a parody of itself.
To that end, the struggling couple rested at the Hilltop Hotel in Munnar. It’s run by a beleaguered Joey (Viney Fort) who takes care of incompetent staff and a horny friend on the phone, and now the couple are on vacation, adding to their problems.
It sounds like the premise of endless driving pleasure. But the film fails despite some hilarious moments. Like when Haripria gets mad at her husband for acting like a clown, and he wonders if he can praise his acting skills.
Lasting approximately 2 hours, until the film starts out loud:
The jokes seem too subtle with a very funny headline cast, playful word games, and good situational humor. The film offers a glimpse into the marriage and, without being too tragic, shows the sacrifices and compromises.
These are considered average chores for women. So it’s good to watch it from the outside in a cute and subtle way and see the guy trying to walk away from not doing his job even when the woman tries to say yes. The male-female equation is also used with a slow loop at the end.
Nivin Polly is straightforward and lovable in her comic book portrayal of an artist and a failed husband, and Grace Anthony is excellent. Still, they lack the killer charm and skills that made them memorable in previous comics and dramatic roles.
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Sudheesh, Vinay Forrt, Rajesh Madhavan, Jaffar Idukki, Joy Mathew and Sivadas Kannur ably contributed to the production. Yakzan Gary Periera and Neha Nair’s music starts off perfectly but feels a bit overwhelming. Vinod Ilampali perfectly captures the atmosphere of the situation with his cinematography.