CoCo Kokila is the dubbed version of Tamil black comedy film Kolamavu Kokila starring Nayanthara in lead role. Yogi Babu, Saranya Ponvannan and Jacqueline played key roles. It was produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under Lyca Productions and directed by Nelson Dilip Kumar. The film released worldwide on 31st Aug, 2018.
Kokila (Nayanthara) hails from a poor family in financial crisis and needs money for her ailing mother. She approaches a drug dealer in search of money and learns that this business is her best shot to earn decent money in short time. She eventually gets trapped in a drug cartel’s gang war which poses threat to her entire family. How she faces the problems and gets out of them forms the crux of the story.
The entire film revolves around Kokila and her financial problems. The first half is good and the drug cartel is portrayed with authenticity. The narration is uneven and runs at slow pace once in a while. The non-linear plot could be confusing at times and take away the intensity. The melodrama in the second half of the film, some confusing elements, Tamil nativity, some comedy scenes which didn’t work and lack of continuity in thriller elements etc are a disappointment.
The entire film is carried over the shoulders of Nayanthara. The film offers a challenging role with complex emotions and a dark tone, and she gives an incredible performances with her subtle acting. Yogi Babu, Mottai Rajendran and Saranya give settled performances.
The script has a lot of flaws and loose ends, otherwise it’s an incredible story. The film was made on a low budget, set in a slum area with limited key characters. The production values are decent. Anirudh Ravichander is the unsung hero of the film with his phenomenal background score and an incredible song. The cinematography is good and maintains the dark tone of the film. The direction is good.
CoCo Kokila is an unconventional dark comedy with good acting. Except for the Tamil nativity, the film is entertaining.