A pleasant debut for director Shree Karthick, who offers us a compelling film that can be an endearing tribute to his late mom

A pleasant debut for director Shree Karthick, who offers us a compelling film that can be an endearing tribute to his late mom

Even earlier than the delivery of cinema, artists and storytellers have at all times seen humankind’s limitless fascination with time as an incredible narrative software. The human situation exists as a result of inflexible linearity of time, and time-travel titles from current years like Dark, Indru Netru Naalai, Russian Doll and Tenet proceed to show that it is a sub-genre that may supply a plethora of potentialities to a storyteller. Debutant director Shree Karthick’s Kanam ( Oke Oka Jeevitham in Telugu) is one such try that refrains from utilizing time journey as a mere gimmick. The play with time is meant to drive ahead a much bigger level right here: the inevitability of destiny.


Director: Shre Karthick

Cast: Sharwanand, Amala Akkineni, Ritu Varma, Ramesh Tilak, Sathish

Runtime: 157 minutes

Storyline: Three pals dealing with three distinct issues get an opportunity to journey again in time and alter their lives

Three pals, Aadhi (Sharwanand), Pandi (Ramesh Tilak), and Kadhir (Sathish) get a second probability at life after an opportunity encounter with a reclusive scientist Paul (Nasser), who gives to ship them again 20 years in time in return for a favour. It’s a no brainer determination for Aadhi, a person who struggles to maneuver on from the loss of life of his mom (Amala Akkineni). Aadhi desires to return in time and save his mom from her premature loss of life. Though the film treats the causes of Pandi and Kadhir in a light-hearted method, it by no means patronises their struggles; Pandi desires his youthful self to focus extra on training in order to not find yourself as an actual property dealer, whereas Kadhir needs to return and woo his classmate. To them, these quests are as life-changing as Aadhi’s.

Throughout the film, you would possibly consider some unconvincing reasonings and logical fallacies. Why did not Paul try this mission in 20 lengthy years? Why did not he inform them concerning the repercussions of time journey? Or, how did a sure character escape from a sure place? The screenplay too, an easy one with little or no subversion, h as its share of cliched sequences. However, Kanam

is a film which makes you all of the extra forgiving of those flaws. There’s additionally an try proper from the start — a aware one, I assume — to inform us that this is not a film to look out for all these issues. Kanam lends you a heat comforter, helps you to enjoy a few of its well-written heartwarming moments, and proceeds to inform a tear-jerker of a narrative a few mom and a son. The film banks on its emotional beats, and it really works fantastically.

An emotionally-driven story as such is not completely new to us and like many others, the melodrama would possibly come throughout as a tad an excessive amount of in some circumstances. However, for the main elements of the film, the background music and performing elevate the writing and, as soon as once more, you might be so enchanted by all of it that you find yourself forgiving the minor flaws. Also, no person is aware of how somebody will react once they see their late mom after 20 years, or the emotional heft of going again to at least one’s faculty days and assembly their previous selves. Moments like when Aadhi as soon as once more will get to relish the style of his mom’s cooking are… magical to say the least.

After taking part in a cheerful function in Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu, we see Sharwanand play a sombre man with deep-seated grief. Interestingly, once we first meet Aadhi, we do not see a hero with a grand introduction sequence; he’s a dispirited man with no drive in life, nursing a hangover and darkish circles after an evening of heavy ingesting. Even throughout moments of elation, his expressions are measured.

In every other film, watching an actor bear the identical sullen expression for many elements could not do it a lot good, and Aadhi would possibly even come throughout at the same time as unrealistic or exaggerated to some. But grief acts by itself time and does unimaginable issues to the thoughts — particularly at a young age — and the film conveys this convincingly. Kanam wants a protagonist like Aadhi and an actor like Shawarnand to play him.

Similarly, Amala is terrific in what’s her comeback film, one that may be likened in some methods to her earlier Telugu look, Manam. The soul of Kanam is the bond between a mom and a son, and the scenes that includes each Amala and Sharwanand are lovely or heart-wrenching.

Take, as an illustration, the scene wherein the mom speaks of the primary time she heard her son sing. There aren’t any gimmicky, dramatic pictures, in a aware determination to retain all the main focus solely on the feelings that the frames, dialogues, and performances evoke. Though Ritu Varma, who performs Aadhi’s girlfriend Vaishnavi, would not get a lot display screen time, her character proves very important looking back. Kudos to the Ninnila Ninnila actor for selecting to be part of such endearing dramas.

Kanam is a pleasant debut for Shree Karthick. Not solely has he created a compelling film, however he additionally managed to supply sufficient fan service to his favorite star Rajinikanth (it’s charming how these moments too develop into part of the narrative). Above all else, it’s the loveliest of tributes to his late mom.

Kanam/ Oke Oka Jeevitham is at present working in theatres

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