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Kathakali Tamil Movie Review, Rating

- 2/5
Kathakali Tamil Movie Review, Rating

What Is Good

  • Vishal
  • Action scenes
  • Gripping narration
  • Cinematography

What Is Bad

  • Shades of old tamil movies
  • Few sluggish dramatic scenes
Bottom Line: 'Kathakali' will let you dance to the tunes !


Vishal is back with another Action entertainer titled 'Kathakali'. Director Pandiraj has shaped the movie and this is the first time he has directed an Action Drama. So keeping the plot simple, a murder happens and Vishal was assumed to be the murderer. But who is the real murderer and what motive he has forms the rest of the story. The story clearly has shades of 'Thadayara Thaaka' movie. But the treatment was quite different. Vishal Film Factory banner and Pasanga productions funds the project as joint venture. Catherine Tresa has paired with Vishal for the first time in her career. Karunaas as Vishal's brother has been exemplary. So is the movie good enough to be a real Pongal treat ?

Star Performance

Vishal as usual is rocking in this Action Drama. He clearly knows the positives and he understands the pulse of audience. This man clearly scores when it comes to Action scenes. But what about romance ? He still needs to work hard. The lip-lock is an exception. Catherine Tresa is beautiful and her character has more shades from 'Madras' movie. Soori's comical one liners and Karunaas witty one liners are saving grace. They carry the movie single handed at places when the momentum is out ! Madhusudhan Rao, Nassar, Mime Gopi, Pawan have done justice to their roles. Sreejith Ravi shows the real light of bad guys. We already saw his spell bound performance in 'Kirumi'. Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as usual did the stereotypical role. 

Techinical Team

Coming to Technical side, Hip Hop Aadhi has scored music for the songs. The movie just had four songs and two of them are theme music. All songs are less than four minutes. All are experimental tunes and we just can't blame HipHop Aadhi for such tunes. 'Kathakali Theme' and 'Kathakali Whistle' are top notch and suave. Balasubramaniem's cinematography deserves applause. The night life of Chennai was beautifully told. During action scenes, he has just opted for the street lamp lighting. Just brilliant ! Pradeep.E.Raghav's editing is clear as a crystal water. He kept the running time under check and has worked hard for it. Pandiraj has said that this is a real story from his friend's life. But it is obvious he has added over dosage of spices. This clearly indicates, "Too much of anything, is good for nothing". But still the spices has worked for certain period.


'Kathakali' is an experimental movie for everyone except Vishal. Pandiraj has tried an Action drama for the first time. HipHop Aadhi has experimented with tunes for the first time. Even Vishal ahs did some justice and he has tried to bring 'Paandiya Naadu' once again. Sri Thenandal Films are back to their winning ways. The running time is the best thing and that has saved the movie. Even though the movie has shades of previous other movies, we can still enjoy this 'Kathakali'.

Cast & Crew

3 / 5 - 656
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