Kaattu Review & Rating
Arun Kumar Aravind's 'Kaattu' was one of the much-anticipated films for various reasons. For one thing, the movie is scripted by late filmmaker and writer P Padmarajan's son Ananthapadmanabhan based on the stories of Padmarajan, and all the leading characters of the movie were said to be inspired by the stories. For another, the movie seemed to have an interesting setting reminiscent of the Padmarajan movies. As 'Kaattu' finally opened on screens today, let's see if the movie has lived up to the expectations.
'Kaattu' opens in a pristine village in Kerala-Tamil Nadu border where Nuhukannu is brought by Chellappan to work in his fire-cracker unit. Things go well and smooth, till Nuhukannu become paranoid of certain things. Murali Gopi as Chellappan has delivered a stunning performance while Asif Ali has done his part as Nuhukannu fairly well. Varalaxmi, Manasa Radhakrishnan and Unni P Dev who handled the other roles convincingly enough.
One could say for sure 'Kaattu' is not definitely the best among Arun Kumar Aravind movies. While he is successful in depicting the rustic 70s on screen, the movie goes haywire when it comes to the drama.The cinematography and the sound department of 'Kaattu' have done an awesome job that one would stay hooked to the seat even when certain slow and unwarranted portions of the movie. The background score seems slightly jarring while the songs are all right and sync well with the situations.
Final Verdict: 'Kaattu' could be mesmerizing watch for those who take movies serious enough. For entertainment buffs, this movie could be a disappointing watch!
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What Is It About?
Arun Kumar Aravind directorial 'Kaattu' starring Asif Ali, Murali Gopi, Varalaxmi and Manasa Radhakrishnan in the leadroles is drama set in the rustic terrains during the late 70s. The movie, written by Anantha Padmanabhan, is inspired by the stories of legendary director P Padmarajan.
What To Expect?
- Asif Ali's virtuso performance
'Kaattu' has Asif Ali essaying the role of Nuhukannu, a central character of the movie. The trailer, teaser and the posters of 'Kaattu' features the actor in a never-before avatar. And it is sure, movie buffs can certainly expect a brilliant performance from Asif Ali.
- Murali Gopi, Varalaxmi and Manasa among others
One of the highlight of 'Kaattu' is that the movie has some brilliant actors on board. Be it Murali Gopi, Asif or Varalaxmi, they are all good at perfecting their character to the core and delivering a performance with all the essential nuances.
- Padmarajan's story
'Kaattu' as revealed by the makers is a a slice-of-life tale with lead characters inspired from the short stories of legendary writer and filmmaker, P. Padmarajan. The movie is penned down by Padamarajan's son Anantha Padmanabhan. 'Kaattu' is expected bring back the magic of Padmarajan stories on silver screen once again.
- An Arun Kumar Aravind Film
'Kaattu' is the 5th directorial of noted editor Arun Kumar Aravind after movies like 'Cocktail', 'E Adutha Kaathu' and 'Left Right Left'. He is regarded as one of the best directors by the Malayali cinephiles which makes 'Kaattu' no less than a promising venture.