Kurangu Bommai Movie Review
Debut filmmaker Nithilan embarks on his debut directorial with the film ‘Kurangu Bommai’ featuring Bharathiraja and Viddarth in lead roles. The movie also features Elango Kathiravel, Delna Davis, Ganja Karuppu and PL Thenappan in important characters. Kannada film industry based Ajaneesh Loknath makes his debut as music director in Kollywood with this movie.
The film’s story is about an old man (Bharathiraja), who works for PL Thenappan at his Lumber store. The latter is also dealing with illegal business like smuggling, but Bharathiraja doesn’t want to leave him for sake of friendship and loyalty. On a mission of smuggling Quintet statue, Bharathiraja comes from Tanjore to Chennai for handing it over to Elango Kathiravel, who in turn will give him a huge amount. Bharathiraja carries the Quintet statue in a bag with the image of Monkey Doll. But the same bag is now found with Viddarth, son of Bharathiraja dwelling in Chennai as cab driver. How did this bag from Bharathiraja pass onto his son? What happens to all these characters involved with the monkey doll imaged bag forms crux of the story.
The basic theme of this film if narrated as a story would give an impression of short film. In fact, Nithilan hails from short film industry and this could have been the reason behind such draft of story. But then, he along with his team of writers has apparently tried to include few more dramas to stretch the small theme into a big drama. On this context, some of them works out, but few really do look inappropriate to the script. The scenes involving Viddarth and Delna in Chennai look slightly forced up into the nitty-gritty script.
Bharathiraja just takes off with his role in an excellent way. Although in few places, we tend to see that his performance looks artificial, the scene where he narrates a short story to baddie is stunning. Viddarth looks neat for the role, but he gives an impression of appearing same and performing with same body language and expressions in every movie. Elango Kathiravel surprises us with his unusual role. He has been often seen with the roles that gain our sympathy, but not here.
The screenplay based on non-linear narration gets more enhanced with the help of editor. But cinematography could have been better. Background score by Ajaneesh Loknath is appreciable. Overall, Kurangu Bommai is a different experience for the audiences, who look out for unconventional cinema. But it might be a perfect click with rural audiences.
Verdict: Well written script with phenomenal narration