Indian millionaires have stashed away Rs.70 lakh crores. This is today's top news and this finds relevance in 'Kandhasamy.'
"Oh, god! I need money for my daughter's wedding. You should only show me the way." This plea in the temple to Kandhasamy (another name for Lord Muruga) is fulfilled the very next day. Just pray to Kandhasamy, submit your petitions on a piece of paper and tie it to a tree in the temple, and it (mainly financial problems) will be granted the next day itself.
The fame of Kandhasamy spreads far and wide, and ordinary people flock to the Murugan temple which has now become famous as all one's wishes can be fulfilled here.
Prabhu is the Police who wonders if God or a mere mortal is behind this and gets down to investigating it. The reason behind it is Vikram (His character is also called Kandhasamy) and as this suspense is already broken, it is left to Prabhu to unravel the secret.
If Vikram's part time job is as CBI officer, his full time job is to play Robin Hood and give black money hoarded by the filthy rich, to the poor. Vikram once mentions that "One day I will surely get caught" and this comes true just before the climax. Why Vikram takes on Robin Hood avatar is also explained to the lay man who is ignorant of many things.
Though there are some resemblances in story and screenplay to older films, such a film is necessary now. The message conveyed that black money is the root of all evil, and scenes that rock the hard working middle class is awesome.
If it is remarkable that Vikram's body language is very different from his earlier films, one can easily say his action scenes are stunning. As the caped crusader dressed like a rooster, he thrills the audience when he bashes up evil men. The very name Kandhasamy evokes feelings of dread. His hide and seek games and romancing with Shriya are enjoyable.
Shriya looks very delectable. There are artistes, who have become one with their characters. But Shriya has become the personification of glamour in this film. Every time a song starts, Shriya's movements are reminiscent of the eight that the RTO office makes two wheeler drivers do. After making him believe, only to denounce him, even Shriya's lips seem to act in the scene.
Vadivelu is caught and taken for interrogation to the police station for masquerading as Kandhasamy. Prabhu, instead of grilling him like crazy, uses water cannon on him, making what should have been a distasteful scene, a laugh riot. As Shriya's father, Ashish Vidyarthi plays a character, who is like a mouthpiece for the society. He has done a great job. Prabhu and Telugu actor Krishna as villain have done their parts well.
Since the songs composed by Devi Sriprasad have already become hits, our attention is on the background score. It's OK. Cinematographer Ekambaram has given different tones for Chennai, Mexico and so on, making 'Kandhasamy' visually stunning, like a poem on celluloid. Action scenes are racy and make adrenalin pulse through your veins.
Though logic takes a back seat in some areas, Susi Ganesan must be congratulated for his slick direction. Special kudos to him for making Vikram evolve a whole new body language!
'Kandhasamy' is a new idol in an old temple!
The resemblance of concept to earlier films