Kavacham is an action thriller starring Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas, Kajal Aggarwal and Mehreen Pirzada in lead roles. Naveen Chowdary Sontineni produced the film under Vamsadhara Creations. Sreenivas Mamilla directed it. Kavacham released worldwide on 07th Dec, 2018.
Vijay (Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas) is a sincere police officer and dreams of becoming an encounter specialist. He falls in love with a waitress, Samyuktha (Kajal Aggarwal). However, she disappears from his life, leaving him heart-broken. He helps a lonely girl (Mehreen Pirzada) by providing shelter. He is conspired into a kidnapping and eventually loses his job. How he finds answers, solves the conspiracy and proves his innocence forms the crux of the story.
Kavacham is a blend of action and thriller that works in bits and pieces. The film starts with recruitment of a special officer to deal with kidnap cases but it has no importance in the film. The general audience would expect a criminal gang behind it but this thread is left behind. Majority of the first half runs on flashbacks and subtracks. Almost all the subtracks have little importance in the film. The interval block is exciting with a gripping sequence and a shocking interval. Moreover, it promises a great cat and mouse game between protagonist and antagonist but fails to reach expectations.
The second half follows the same pattern by showing flashbacks and subtracks which have little importance in the film. However, some confusion is created using the subtracks to complicate the investigation. The film shifts between action and thriller genres effortlessly which may not be convincing to general audience. Although the twists are interesting, it becomes too much towards the climax. The heavy dose of plantings and payoffs is a mess. The climax is routine and predictable.
The characters are flat and none of them change over the course of the film. The protagonist is established as a smart cop using the subtracks. It could have been better if they used main plot. The romance is non-existent and the chemistry between the lead pair is not convincing. The film has no emotions and many scenes appear to be mechanical. The pre-climax has some scope for emotional drama which is misused. The film becomes illogical at many levels trying to be smart. Overall, it’s a gripping thriller with unnecessary subtracks and illogical scenes.
Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas is good in a stereotype character. Although there is not much scope to perform, he doesn’t disappoint. He excels in action sequences. Kajal Aggarwal has a regular role with routine scenes. Mehreen has a minor role and she performs the entire sequence with a couple of expressions. Neil Nitin Mukesh is good in a serious role. Posani Krishna Murali impresses with his body language and expressions. He provides comic relief in otherwise intense action thriller.
Kavacham has a decent script that tries to be both smart and entertaining at the same time. Any one approach could have made it a lot better. The dialogues are decent but are not memorable. The production values are top-notch. The cinematography takes the film to a whole new level. The film would have been disappointing without such stunning visuals. The music is average and the theme music is decent. However, the sound mixing is good. The action sequences are purely meant for mass audience and are good. The editing is crisp and balanced. The direction is good but the inexperience is evident. The shot division is bad but he excels in blocking and scenic order.
Kavacham is better than many mass action films but has its share of illogical scenes. It has a smart script like that of Dhruva but a mass treatment like that of Singham. So, some audience may love it and some may hate it. Overall, it’s mixture of action and romance elements into an investigative thriller.