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Review by : Behindwoods review board
Starring: : Jiiva, Poonam Bajwa, JD Chakravarthy, Vadivelu.
Direction: Thiraivanna
Music: D Imman
Production: Super Good Films
The makers have promised a full on, unabashed commercial entertainer for the masses through Kacheri Aarambam. So, what’s new, you might think. Commercials are churned out every week at the box office. But, not all commercials are entertainers. Kacheri Aarambam is an out-and-out commercial no doubt, but does it entertain or exasperate?

Kacheri Aarambam is a simple, uncomplicated story of a hero-heroine and villain, love, fights, comedy and clichés. It is the kind that has been played out many times on our screens in different shapes and forms. The movie begins the way all clichéd ‘hero-centric’ films of our times start off. The hero (Jiiva) is shown as a compulsive do-gooder who would go to any lengths to sort out the problems that others come across. His parents are frustrated by their son’s attitude towards his own life while showing a lot of concern for others. They keep trying to make him a normal
  Kacheri Aarambam
guy who turns a blind eye to others’ problems. But, this doesn’t go down well with the hero and he leaves home.

Commercial Tamil cinema rule: ‘Any do-gooder hero who leaves home lands up in Chennai the next day’ – is applied here and so we have Jiiva in the metropolis. You might be able to guess the extension of this story, the kind that we have seen many times. ‘Hero comes across atrocities in the city and learns that a particular person (the villain) is at the helm of it all. He takes it upon himself to cleanse the city of this weed. By the end of the film, the villain is either no more or is a changed man.’ That is what you might expect, but Kacheri Aarambam is a bit different from mercilessly beaten down clichés that we have been accustomed to all these years.

The good thing about Kacheri Aarambam is that the movie does not take itself too seriously. The director, perhaps sensing that the contemporary audiences have developed (or have been trained by films like Thamizh Padam) a taste to laugh at clichés when they see one, has mocked at many clichés himself. Though the basic plot still remains predictable and cliché ridden, the way it has been treated is definitely a relief for the audiences. The hero-villain (J.D. Chakravarthy) clash is brought about by the common interest they share in a girl (Poonam Bajwa). The way in which the villain tries to impress the girl of his dreams reminds one of Prakash Raj’s character in Ghilli. Obviously, it is the hero who succeeds in getting the girl’s affections and from then on it is a one-on-one between the hero and villain.

The positives of Kacheri Aarambam are that it makes for pretty carefree viewing. It does not demand too much of your attention, neither is it placid enough to let you drift away. Vadivelu’s humor, which is not a separate track, appears regularly for a good part of the movie. These are the points where the entertainment graph of the film peaks. Kadhal Dhandapani’s character, which is a spoof on the role that he played in Kadhal, is an enjoyable addition. On the down side, J.D. Chakravarthy’s character (the lead villain) at times appears to be what might be coined in local slang as a ‘comedy piece’. Whether this was intended or otherwise, only the director knows.

Jiiva is energy personified throughout the movie. He has given everything to the role and has been successful in carrying the movie on his shoulders. Poonam Bajwa is there for very little except songs where she impresses with her dancing skills. J.D. Chakravarthy plays a clichéd and loud villain for the first time in his career (poles apart from the kind of role he played in Sarvvam). Others in the cast fulfill their requirements with Vadivelu scoring quite heavily.

Music for Kacheri Aarambam is a reflection of what the film intends to be, full of energy and entertainment. While the songs might not be the best in terms of musical content, they lend to the ‘fun and frolic’ feel of the film, full of beats and rhythms. Technically, there is not much that stands out; all departments have done adequate jobs. The ‘1000 frames’ techniques that is claimed to have been used in one of the songs does not seem to bring any noticeable difference in viewing to the untrained eye. It is too early to decide upon the effectiveness of this technique.

Overall, Kacheri Aarambam is an unabashed commercial with a truckload of clichés (like the hero’s dialogue at the climax) which looks to give you a relaxed time in theaters. It has got a pretty healthy dose of humor and spoofs. But, the predictability of the storyline is a drawback. And, for a movie of this kind, a more racy script would have definitely helped. Go for Kacheri Aarambam if you do not mind a few stereotypes and are ready to leave behind your brains to have some fun.

Verdict: ‘Dappan Kuthu’ Kutcheri

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