Things I liked about Kanthaswamy
Kanthaswamy might not be the first movie to say
this, but it is definitely an idea that deserves
to be told time and again until we are close to
realizing it. Uneven accumulation of wealth is
one issue that has been hampering our development
for decades. Statistics put India right at the
top of the list of countries which have personal
deposits in Swiss banks. The rest of the world
would not be able to outweigh India in terms of
black money, some say. The movie also emphasizes
that accrual of illegal money gives unwarranted
powers to few who feel no remorse in misusing
it. So, Kanthaswamy indeed raises a pertinent
2. The Style
We always knew that Vikram was a class actor,
but we never knew that he could be so stylish.
Anniyan’s Remo is perhaps the only character
he had played which has
on style. But, Kanthaswamy has outdone all that.
The blazers and the coolers sit perfectly on Vikram
and he carries them off with élan. The costumer
must be applauded for some excellent work.
3. The leading lady
Well, Shriya has always been a soft target for those
who don’t like the conventional arm candy type
of heroines, Kanthaswamy has been no different. But,
there is more to her performance in the movie than
the petty criticisms. First, she is playing the daughter
of a multi millionaire and she has brought out that
haughty demeanor in a great way. The high handedness,
the attitude and overconfident body language are all
present. Of course, her dance movements will be setting
new benchmarks for leading ladies in Tamil cinema,
watch the final portions of the ‘Allegra’
song to understand fully what has been said.
4. The visuals
For a film that has been called run of the mill commercial
stuff, the camera department has been daringly different.
No one can remember an Indian film that had opted
for a yellow tone throughout. We have had shades of
blue and other pleasing colors at best, but yellow
is definitely a new experience. Only Hollywood has
tried this before. The scenes in Mexico, especially
the aerial shot of three hummers atop a bridge, are
extremely well taken.
5. The sets
The art department must be applauded for creating
some sets that appear very genuine, especially the
interiors of the CBI office, the interrogation room
and other such small touches.
6. The songs
Richly shot, peppy and well placed; the songs of Kanthaswamy
are really a highlight of the film. Be it the racy
‘Allegra’, the conversation type ‘Excuse
Me’ or the raunchy ‘Meeow Meeow’,
all catch the eye.
7. The Places
Susi Ganesan has globe trotted for Kanthaswamy. The
locations are ones that have never been seen before;
full credit to the team for unearthing such unseen
locations and bringing them onto screen. Thanks to
Kalaipuli Thanu for showing faith in the director
and giving him all that he needed to make the spectacle
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