Verdict – An engaging thriller with a relevant social message.
The director K.V. Anand, who is well known for blockbuster films like Ayan (2009) and Ko (2011) and actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is currently on a roll with back to back successful films like Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015), Sethupathi (2016), Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum (2016) and Dharma Durai (2016) collaborates for the first time. The expectations are sky high for Kavan.
The story of the film revolves around a chemical factory that disposes its waste to the nearby ponds of a village. This pollutes the water of the pond that is used for drinking purposes, thus affecting the health of villagers. The issue is raised by the villagers with the help of some social workers and soon it becomes the talk of the town. What follows is the struggle between these two sides who are on a run to end the problem in their own ways. All these proceedings are shown in the backdrop of media, where the director also tries to expose the darker side of corporate journalism.
The major part of the first half shows how corporate run media houses manipulates news, script reality shows to gain maximum TRPs that helps them flourish their business prospects. However, these scenes seem to lag and simply add to the runtime of the film. It is post interval when the story picks up a pace with enough number of twists and turns and turns the film into a decent affair.
Vijay Sethupathi, who plays the role of Thilak, an earnest and ethical media correspondent, does a decent job and manages to leave an impact. The lead actress Madonaa Sebastian (Malar) has nothing much to do but surely has a screen presence as a media reporter and Thilak's love interest. The antagonist played by Akashdeep Saigal succeeds as a cunning media mogul whose only aims is to make maximum profit. The actor who stands out with his performance is T. Rajendar. He comfortably manages to deliver scenes worth applauding. The rest of the cast have performed their parts sincerely.
The director K.V. Anand looks in full command as the captain of the ship and will surely manage to sail the film successfully at the box office. The mass dialogues penned by Kabilan Vairamuthu deserve a special mention. Cinematography and stunts departments have also met the requirements of the film. Editor Anthony, who is famous for his watertight editing, fails to impress as the running time could have been easily trimmed by at least 20 minutes. This would have made the film crisp and better. The music and the background score by HipHop Tamizha don't work much for the film.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The film gives out a social message and at the same time makes you aware of the darker side of the media industry. The biggest plus point is the actor Vijay Sethupathi. The film will surely help him increase his fan base. So, if the above-mentioned points excite you, then do catch Kavan at a theatre near you. You won’t be disappointed for sure.