The lastest Telugu movie ‘Kaasi’ starring Vijay Antony, Sunaina, Anjali, Amritha and Shilpa Manjunath is the dubbed version of the Tamil movie ‘Kaali’. Vijay Antony composed the Music and produced the movie himself. Richard M. Nathan is the cinematographer for the movie. Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi has written and directed it. Kaasi released worldwide on 18th May, 2018.
The NRI Bharat is the Chief doctor of Bharat Super speciality hospitals in America. He lives a luxurious life with his family, but a dream haunts him. After learning that he is the adopted son of his parents, he sets on a journey to know more about his biological mother and family. The journey takes him to a rural village and the investigation makes him understand the conditions of the village during 80s. The rest of the story is about what he found about his biological parents and their village.
Story & Character Analysis:
The story starts with an interesting premise of finding biological parents. But there is nothing engaging after that. The unnecessary subplots fill the whole runtime until the actual story starts in pre-climax. There are 3 flashbacks in the movie, and all of them happen in the same village with almost same timeline. But the writers failed to interconnect them to narrate the story effectively. If it is done, then the story would have remained as a classic.
Several social problems were discussed in the movie such as child marriages and forced marriages, racism and casteism, child labour, social discrimination etc. Even after having all these things, the story fails to draw a line connecting all the problems which leads to a rather individual subplots.
The comedy provides much needed comic relief in some scenes but doesn’t fit the narrative in most of the scenes. It appears to be a separate track and spoils the seriousness of some scenes. The Tamil nativity in comedy scenes doesn’t suit the taste of Telugu audience. Nevertheless, the comedy would have worked out if the flashbacks are connected and the story is engaging but that’s not the case. While the audience wait for the story to progress, the subplots and comedy scenes hinder the story.
The Characterization of Vijay Antony is linear through out the film, and as if it’s not enough, he does nothing in the film which makes him a lead actor for namesake. He neither learns anything in his journey nor changes anything. He remains a spectator to the happenings of the village.
Vijay Antony delivers settled performance, but he looks tired and dull throughout the film. The romantic and action scenes are not exciting to watch. He looks good in emotional scenes.
Anjali played another casual role. There is not much scope or purpose for her character. Sunaina, Amritha and Shilpa Manjunath are good in their roles. Madhusudhan Rao had a brief role, and he impresses with his performance. Others have delivered good performances.
The BGM is flat in the movie and doesn’t provide much needed elevation in crucial scenes. It worked out very well for the drama but doesn’t impress throughout the movie. The cinematography and editing are not good either. Some scenes appear to be shot in a hurry. The production values could have been better, but we should appreciate Vijay Antony for producing movies based on social reforms. The Direction is average and the shots are not taken care of. Overall, it’s a flawed movie which could have been a masterpiece if dealt properly.