Kattappava Kanom Review
Newbie Mani Seiyon has attempted a dark comedy centering on a missing Arowana Fish throwing in a few sentiments and a lot of quirky characters. Whether he has hit the "fisheye" depends on the audience willingness to lap up the liberal dosage of riotous below the belt laughs.
The story opens with a tedious description of how Pandian (Sibi Sathyaraj) is considered unlucky by his parents and all around him due to his multiple failures in business. At the same time Kattappa (a Arowana Fish) is introduced who is revered as a lucky charm by Vanjaram (Mime Gopi) a dangerous man (you are told not shown). The hero meanwhile meets up with the open minded heroine Meena (Aishwarya Rajesh) in a pub where both down drinks and in the hangover that causes a muddle (to the audience) the two end up married. The couple rent an apartment and their neighbour happens to be a little girl Kayal (Baby Monica) who pines for a (you guessed it) a lucky fish that could grant her all her babyish wishes. Enter Nandu (Yogi Babu) a painter who kidnaps Kattappa and the fish due to a few twists gets into the house of our hero and heroine. Now doesn’t that sound like a dream premise the unlucky hero meets the lucky fish meets the little girl. The director however takes a different route and introduces a fresh set of villains with convenient writing rather than organic and dishes out a far less satisfying search for which we don’t know whom to care for.
Sibi Sathyaraj is doing a commendable job in recent times by placing the script above himself and here too he is apt as the more realistic Pandian willing to share space with the ensemble. Aishwarya Rajesh is also trying to break the stereotype and is quite alluring in a role with shades of grey. After a rather taxing twenty minutes it Yogi Babu who fires up the first laugh as Nandu to bungling thief and his brief screen time leaves us wanting more. The entire second half belongs to Kaali Venkat who dishes out one laughter after another as one of the villains. He has good company in the form of Jayakumar as Ayra and the duo delightfully bounce the jokes off one another. Chandini Tamilirasan pops in and out for no reason but provides the oomph factor and look out for her cricket watching scene with Venkat and co. Daddy Saravanan as Sankara the detective and Mime Gopi as the main villain Vanjaram have also put up their hands in creating more hilarity.
Santhosh Dayanidhi’s bgm, Anand Jeeva’s cinematography, Lakshmi Dev’s art direction and Satheesh Kumar’s editing go hand in hand in providing the right feel of the genre. Writer-Director Mani Seiyon’s strength is comedy and that too of the adult variety and he scores big in that department. Its also refreshing to see a film that breaks all conventions like the mandatory duet or fight and a good example of the different thinking is in the climax when the villain wonders whether he is the bad guy or Sibi. On the other hand he has failed big time in trying to conjure up cuteness especially with the little girl from whom he has not been able to extract a natural performance. One should also say that a wonderful premise has not been exploited to its fullest potential.
Verdict : Go for it if you enjoy adult comedies and you surely will not be disappointed one bit.