Chennai, 20 Jul 2019 7:00 IST
Kadaram Kondan, based on the French thriller Point Blank (2010), is decent as an action film, engaging the viewer as long as there is a shootout or chase going on.
Kadaram Kondan, produced by Kamal Haasan, features Vikram in one of his most stylish avatars in recent years, playing a character that is not easy to understand. It is a role we don’t see many stars taking up without hesitation. It is a role that sees Vikram not flexing his acting prowess but shining as a star and playing to the gallery.
Vikram hardly speaks in the film; when he does so, he is laconic. It is an interesting character with layers, but it is sad that it does not get fleshed out properly in an otherwise generic action film.
To save his pregnant wife (Akshara Haasan) who has been taken hostage, a young nurse Vasu (Abi Mehdhi Hassan) must hand over KK (Vikram), a man who has just been hospitalized and is under police supervision. However, the nurse realizes in the process that if there is anyone who can help him get his wife back safely, it’s KK. The rest of the story is about Vasu and KK joining hands and dealing with a gang of corrupt cops who are after them.
Kadaram Kondan, which is based on the French thriller Point Blank (2010), is decent as an action film and engages the viewer as long as there is some shootout or chase going on. However, it is disappointing when you take the action out as it becomes a very generic story with no major thrills.
While it is understandable that this is a remake and the makers may have felt it safe not to tamper much with the storyline, some fine-tuning to suit Tamil sensibilities would have been in order and might have helped to make the film work better. From Vikram’s suave avatar to the extremely stylish action sequences, Kadaram Kondan comes across only as a film that’s all style, no substance.
When it comes to the performances, Abi Mehdhi Hassan, son of veteran actor Nassar, makes an assured debut, playing a very vulnerable character very convincingly. Despite this being his first film and despite the presence of a star like Vikram, he leaves a strong mark. There isn’t much scope for the other artistes to perform, let alone steal the limelight, but if there is one person who manages to do it nonetheless, it’s Ghibran with his terrific background score. The music at times even overpowers the narrative.
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