Kaasi / Kaali Telugu Movie Review, Rating -2/5
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Music director turned actor Vijay Antony who wowed the audience with his Bichagaadu/ Pichaikaran, did not have any success post the humongous blockbuster result of the movie, barring the average Yaman. Now, the actor, known for his quirky titles and interesting and unconventional storylines, is back with Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi in her second directorial venture Kaasi. Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Kaasi Review.
Bharath (Vijay Antony) is a doctor based in the USA, and he is leading a happy life with his parents. Despite a content life, he always encounters wild dreams, and one day, he gets to know that his parents had adopted him, and are not his real parents. Bharath has a strong feeling that the dreams have got something to do with his past life or childhood, and ventures to India. What happens to him in India, whether he was able to find his past, how are Anjali, Sunaina and Amritha are connected to him form the rest of the story of Kaasi.
Vijay Antony is perfect in the triple role with multiple angles and lives, set in different milieus, and in an author-backed role that requires him to deliver only limited emotions considering his limited histrionic abilities, Kiruthiga has extracted the best with necessary variations between the 3 roles. Anjali delivers another impressive act in an extended cameo. while Sunaina's cameo deserves a mention for her fine and remarkable acting prowess. The rest of the cast including Nasser, Amritha and Shilpa do not have much scope.
Background score by Vijay Antony suits the dark tone of the movie, while of his songs, almost every number gives a sense of Deja vu. Richard M Nathan's cinematography is top notch, perfectly differentiating the environments and lifestyles of the 3 characters, while editing by Lawrence Kishore could have been taut. 5 years after her debut with Vanakkam Chennai in her home banner, Director Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi has returned to direction with a movie that has a psychological and social angle in it, in Kaasi.
The movie begins on a promising note with the suspense build well but falters midway with the execution going for a toss, as the other two characters do not have much depth or strong emotional connect as the Doctor Bharath Character, and do not appeal much to the audience. With songs popping out at regular intervals and with none of them appealing except Arumbe number, and the heroines, despite the presence of 4 them, and none making a mark but only slowing the pace, Kaasi's second half takes a beating as well. The only savior of the movie happens to be Richard M Nathan's cinematography and the background score. All said, Kaasi begins well, only to end as a mediocre venture.