The beauty and success of Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum lies in the unconventional treatment of a familiar story. Rich girl-poor boy romance is not something new to Tamil cinema but director Nalan Kumarasamy uses such a theme to his advantage and executes it with fineness making KKP a very good romantic comedy.
An official remake of a Korean film, KKP has stand out performances in a well written screenplay making it a colourful and overwhelming experience for the audience.
There are two pivotal characters through which the story is narrated. Kathir played by Vijay Sethupathy and Yazhini portrayed by Madonna Sebastian are the central characters. Kathir is a rowdy working for the local councilor who is using the young man for his own needs. Yazhini belongs to the IT field who loses her job during recession and is in a financial crisis.
She wants to find a good job and stays in a small apartment opposite to where Kathir stays searching for a prospective job. Rest of the film show how the girl finds that thereby succeeding in her professional life. Apart from this, the romantic track is also playing a big part in the overall storyline.
The romance between the two gets the most unconventional of treatment that we have seen. It almost takes an hour or so to have a spark in one of them. Even that moment has a beauty in it making it a delightful one for the audience. All credits to the director and his screenplay that conveys most of the things with a difference.
The funny moments where Kathir lands up in front of Yashini’s parents and also the way in which he handles the interview panel are some of the scenes that will surely tickle your funny bone.
There is also a bright climax that has deviated from its usual pattern and structure. The ending was on expected cards but how it ended is the most important thing that matters here and Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum ends on bright note with success. The build up and pace is quite slow but nevertheless there is no room for any sort of boredom here.
Performance is one area that has supported and complimented Nalan’s execution. Both Vijay Sethupathy and Madonna helped the director in executing his plans as per his wishes and both the actors shared a beautiful on screen chemistry making their efforts look easy but a lovely one.
Vijay has become an actor with a minimum guarantee value and his line up of films and their success story totally justify the response to his films at the box office. Madonna after making an impressive and notable performance in Malayalam film Premam made sure her effort in KKP is counted.
One should also appreciate the efforts behind the camera and the fine work done at the editing table. Music was okay with the KaKaKaPo song along with its peculiar dance steps adding colour to the story.
In summary, Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum is a beautiful and convincing love story of two young minds who are miles apart. With the most unusual of treatment selected to convey its story, the film is a good stuff for a weekend entertainer. I am going with three and a half out of five as my personal rating and a thumbs up to team KKP.
Rating – 3.5 / 5
Reviewed by Chandra mohan gopinath