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The film says that the second chance in life is this ‘moment’ we are living in now.
Adi (Sharvanand) is a musician. Pandi (Ramesh Tilak) is a house broker. Kathir (Sathish) is seriously looking for a woman for marriage. These three, who have been close friends since school, have their own needs and preferences. But, time has fenced them to achieve it. In this context someone comes with a time travel machine and says I will help you go back in time and fulfill your needs.
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He also offers a little help. Accepting it, these three enter the past. Did the entrants fulfill their needs and desires? Isn’t it? Can they get back to the present? Did they miss their second chance in life? That is the screenplay of ‘Kaanam’.
We all have the desire to go back in time and change the many events that have happened in our lives. Director Srikarthik has given screen form to our idea of what it would be like to step into the past. The nostalgic events of the 98 era connect very well with the audience, especially the 90s kids. We are enjoying the washing powder Nirma ad just like the people on the screen are enjoying watching it. The way they put together such beautiful scenes and make us time travel is impressive.
As far as Tamil cinema is concerned, time travel style films have already come. Usually a film does not copy past films in its style, but by putting in interesting and innovative scenes, it becomes unique. As there are many scenes to enjoy, observe and laugh in this film, the moment stands out with a refreshing cinema experience.
Scenes where a grown man confronts his younger self add innovation to fiction. Each of the 3 has a unique storyline and there are many scenes to enjoy as well as small moments in it.
This aside, the emotional connect between the mother and son that is the essence of the film, the song ‘Orumopi Enna Baramma’ lends itself to oozing emotions. Actress Amala has re-entered the screen after 30 years with the role of Amma. But something is missing in his performance! I could feel the overacting and in some places the acting was inadequate. Sharwanand draws attention to the close-up scenes of crying, her face carrying a soft sadness with the loss of her mother.
The film adapts itself to Ramesh Tilak’s film. In this film, he has given a memorable performance like threatening tone, body language and one-liners. Satish this time made us laugh through the double meaning verses, without metaphors, and the verses that come with the scenes. (The same can be continued in other films). Besides, Ritu Verma, Nasser, MS Bhaskar are getting attention for their performances.
As a whole, after watching the film, you can understand the importance of this moment that we are living in like a slap on the forehead. It is no use searching for the lack of relationships over time. The film also conveys the need to celebrate each moment. At the end of the film, the director has added his mother’s name as ‘Son of’ under his name, and it is understandable that he had designed this time travel story around maternal affection.
At some places I could feel the patiently moving screenplay, the overdose of sentimental scenes and the lack of vigour. Even after exiting the theatre, the song ‘Opero Ena Baramma’ is still running through my mind. Jacques Bijoy’s background music was a sensory experience for the scenes and Sushith Sarang’s camera captured the changes of time beautifully.
Overall the time travel story is emotionally driven and the moment gets more weighty by giving us visuals to enjoy. The message in the film is also noteworthy.