Kalakalappu 2: It tries to recreate the magic of the original film, partly succeeds
Movie Review by Dhanalakshmi R (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Kalakalappu, the 2012 comedy film was a super-duper hit by Sundar C and was loved by the Tamil audience. So, when he decided to make Kalakalappu 2, there was much expectation and the film does manage to fulfill some of them. To set the context straight, this is not a sequel but rather has a similar storyline like its predecessor. The film has an ensemble cast that includes Jai, Jiiva, Mirchi Siva, Nikki Galrani and Catherine Tresa. Based on the classic comedy of errors format, the film does manage to entertain.
The movie begins with a scene showing an income tax raid at ex- minister, Dharmaraj’s (Madhusudhanan) house. The laptop which contains the information about the unaccounted property is given to the minister’s auditor (Munishkanth), who is in hiding in Varanasi. He goes rogue and blackmails the minister. Completely unrelated to this incident, we see a young man, Ragu (Jai), who goes to Varanasi to find his ancestral property. This mansion is managed by Seenu (Jiiva). Seenu wants to stall this process until he can get his sister married to Gopal (Sathish). Gopal intends to turn into a sanyasi and give up all things in life. Seenu and Gopal’s sister, Hema (Catherine) try to make Gopal give up the idea, and in the process, both get into a relationship. On another note, Ragu too, gets attracted to Aishwarya (Nikki Galrani), the local tehsildar. Even as Ragu gets to know about the mansion, the two young men also realize that Aishwarya is about to get conned by Ganesh (Shiva), the same guy who had stolen their money.
It is always fun to watch a film that has comedy of errors as its mainstay but many times the concept gets overdone to the extent that the audience gets confused as the subplots start going awry. That is the biggest problem with Kalakalappu 2.
In Sundar.C’s movies, plotline is never exactly the strong point. As a result, you might feel like the director is continuously including newer characters and subplots to keep the audience’s mind completely occupied without any actual need for it. The first half concentrates entirely on both Ragu, Seenu and their love lives. In between we get to see a policeman and constable (who get ‘wild’ during new moon night), fake samiyars and a dog who is ‘diabetic’. There is ample song and dance numbers thrown in between to showcase vibrant colors and peppy music. Jai and Jiiva hardly get do any comedy scenes and just look like they are mere drivers of the plot. Of course, the female characters get to do plenty of song, dance and romance the heroes but that’s pretty much what they do throughout the film. They are mere eye-candies. There are ample doses of humor but at best, the first half is just a train of sequences without any actual storyline. Talking of humor, there are quite a few sexist, cringe-worthy jokes that are definitely not in good taste.
The second half of the movie, set in Karaikudi, introduces Ganesh (Shiva) and things do take a sharp turn because of him. He, along with Robo Shankar, has some interesting scenes that form some of the best moments of the film. But again, owing to a slew of characters and sub-plots, things start going off-course. Probably, owing to the wafer-thin storyline, the director just intends to add characters and subplots to keep the audience engaged. The climax set in a train station, is just beyond redemption. It is over-indulgent and leaves you exhausted.
The cinematographer U. K. Senthil Kumar has done a great job of capturing the mood and feel of Varanasi and the Holi song looks beautiful onscreen with an array of colors and vibrancy. The Karaikudi sequences in the second half of the movie are equally scenic and well-framed.
Music and background score by Hip Hop Thamizha is peppy and sets the tempo of the film.
Kalakalappu 2 lacks the magic of its predecessor. It has some genuinely funny moments but the film lacks a taut screenplay and a cohesive storyline.