Kasu Mela Kasu
Kasu Mela Kasu: Politically Incorrect & Painfully Long
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Remember that song from Kadhala Kadhala? ‘Kasu Mela, Kasu Vandhu?” this outrageous comedy film of the same name directed by K.S Palani will spoil that wonderful song for you. Kasu Mela Kasu is based on a plot that is quite similar to that of Prabhu’s Chinna Mapillai. Remember that ridiculous theme in the 90’s? The one in which a man/woman tries to court a partner who is wealthy? This film tries to revive it. Does it do a good job at a revival? No. Instead, it is politically incorrect and almost just too long that your brain goes numb.
Periyasamy (Mayil Samy) and Murali (Shahrukh) are a greedy father son duo who is on the hunt for a wealthy girl for the son to court. One day, Murali sets his eyes on Myna (Gayathri) and presumes her to be rich. Periyasamy too encourages his son to try and court her so that they can lead a luxurious life. Blissfully unaware of the fact that Myna’s father is a beggar, he continues to pursue her. The chaos that follows his falsified efforts and how these characters react when they learn the truth forms the crux of the story.
One of the biggest problems in Kasu Mela Kasu is its poor staging. Actors stand about and mouth their lines as though they are a part of a stage play. There is no aesthetic sense at all. Even if more than ten characters appear, they stand next to each other and talk over the other person. It is as though they are getting ready for a school choir. Even short films made by students these days are better than sitting through such amateur staging.
In the hero’s introduction scene, you see him reading a magazine with Kamal Haasan’s picture on the cover. Later, he goes on to stalk one woman after another. You can’t help but think what a disgrace it is to lead such unacceptable behavior with such a reputable actor’s face.
But if you thought stalking alone is a problem in Kasu Mela Kasu you are in for a big shock. The hero, Murali constantly makes racist remarks on dark-skinned women. How can this be considered comedy? Since when did making fun of appearances become this socially acceptable? Shouldn’t the director have some kind of responsibility before writing such disgusting jokes? In a medium that reaches masses, it is INSULTING to note that the team finds RACISM to be a joke.
Do you want to know how Kasu Mela Kasu balances Murali’s behaviour? It shows you that whenever he is not busy stalking, he is most likely watching cartoons. This doesn’t make the lead character any less despicable.
As though the film is not ridiculous enough, in one scene Myna’s employer casually asks her to accept Murali as this is the only way she can get away from her family of beggars. What was the director thinking? You can never tell what is more insulting. The moral compass of the characters in this film is simply non-existent.
If you are not furious by now, you will be throwing stones at the screen when Periyasamy suggests his son record intimate moments with Myna so that they could blackmail her if she refuses to marry him. Does this not make you wonder how the film made it past the Indian censor board? How such a ridiculous and politically incorrect film managed to procure a producer will continue to remain a total mystery.
The technicalities of this film couldn’t be worse. The team not only has zero aesthetic sense but is even devoid of basic framing knowledge. From irregular shots to the dullest color correction, Kasu Mela Kasu is devoid of sound visual storytelling. Even the editing is juvenile. Random inserts of yesteryear films make their way into the film every now and then. The shoddiness of the entire presentation makes you wonder how this film even made it to the silver screens.
On the whole, Kasu Mela Kasu is a tiresome film that constantly hits below the belt. Even if you do leave your brains at home to watch this, your head will hurt. Doesn’t make sense? This is what two and a half hours of this film will do to you.