Friday, July 15, 2011

Kanchana Movie Review

Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions Pvt., Ltd.
Cast: Lawrence, Lakshmi Rai, Sarathkumar, Kovai Sarala
Music: Thaman S
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Direcor: Lawrence Raghavendra

Rating :  3/5
Muni is back again, as Kanchana of course for the Telugu audiences… promising to undrape the darker sides in you, make you have the spine-chilling experience of co-existing with ghosts, petrify you to death and what not. The horror apart, Raghava Lawrence this time assured of embellishing the horror flick with comedy and family drama so as to cater to various sections of people. The promos, however, got our notice more for the brand new appearance of Lawrence as eunuch ghost. Let me check if or not Kanchana repeats Muni…

Lawrence’s is a character that goes in the same, old style as that in the prequel. In fact, he continues his role in Muni. He is afraid of ghosts and scared to step out of house after 6 pm fearing the same. He still relies on his mother when he’s terrified. However, he plays four different roles here – a normal guy frightened of ghouls, Kanchana (eunuch ghost), Hindi-speaking person and a kid. He’s is satisfying as an ordinary person and just tolerable as Hindi-speaking guy and kid. However, he is too good to watch when he embodies Kanchana, a hijra spirit. Thanks to the astounding makeover, Lawrence simply sparkles in the character through his ferocious expressions and appalling shades of a ghost.

Lakshmi Rai has really a very little scope to perform. She is more like confined to songs, dances and glamour show. Had she been given more space, it would have been good to see more of her acting skills. Kovai Sarala, Deiva Darshini and others in the family are truly funny in parts but they go over-the-top at several other instances. The real surprise comes in the form of Sarath Kumar who is mind-blowing as the real Kanchana. Having met with untimely death, Kanchana (the eunuch) returns with vengeance and takes over the body of Lawrence in order to reach to his/her murderers. A proven actor he is, Sarath Kumar stood up to the challenge of essaying a hijra ghost and drew huge applause.


The sound effects are among the loudest in the recent times. Thaman’s music is not much appealing enough and has lot of Tamil flavor, which wouldn’t go down well with the Telugu viewers. The background score is good though. The scenes of the ghost appearing randomly in the house are shot well. Choreography is alright, although the first song has some good moves by a few physically challenged dancers. Action scenes too are well-choreographed.

The film’s too long and gets boring at times, thus necessitate crisp editing. Moreover, the runtime is quite a lot for a film of this genre. Screenplay is good in second-half. The film is too loud, however, there’s enough content to chew upon in act-two, once the flashback gets revealed. Lawrence might not have anything new to offer to the audience, so he ends up torturing the poor souls with senseless comedy and exaggerated antics. However, his act as Kanchana is a revelation. Worth mentioning is that he fails to strike a balance between his roles as a director and an actor while handling Kanchana. Good on few occasions, but fails to narrate a normal story and ends up resorting to cheap thrills to scare the audience.


Sarath Kumar & Lawrence’s performance as Kanchana
Choreography in the first song
Scenes with the ghost
Climax song


Overdose of Tamil flavor
Sound effects
Comedy especially by Kovai Sarala & Lawrence
Laxmi Rai’s role & love track


The comedy is terrible, mostly with Lawrence, Kovai Sarala and Deiva Darshini who keep fooling around all the time throughout the movie. The story doesn’t offer anything innovative since it’s similar to that of Muni; nonetheless there are quite a few thrills to quote. Lawrence should have worked more on the script rather so as to make it appealing and fresh to the audiences. The first-half is terrible to keep an eye on, especially the family drama, the comedy and the romance. The tempo picks up only in the post-interval episode with the introduction of Kanchana’s character (Sarath Kumar). There’s too much blood and gore at times. Dialogues are bad, particularly in act-one. But then, the second-half highlights a good issue about the taboos related to eunuchs. Further, there’s way too much of Tamil flavor in the film and sometimes it becomes unbearable.


The movie tests your patience levels for sure. The repeated storyline offering nothing new and different is tiresome. The flashback about Kanchana, which of course has Sarath Kumar, is the only element that gives you an edge-of-the-seat feel. He is remarkable as a eunuch ghoul. The rest is a headache, though the climax is watchable enough. The runtime plays a spoilsport, especially for a horror film like this. The plot, on the other hand, has no grip and lacks in intensity. Lawrence claimed that he tried to rectify the mistakes he did in Muni. He did by roping in Sarath Kumar, but failed in all other aspects since his attempts to bring sentiment, comedy and other elements to the story turned futile. He fell short in juggling the roles of an actor and director in this case, which demands more from his side. If you are not used to Lawrence’s films, you would definitely find it annoying. However, a handful of elements would please the masses and they would certainly embrace the flick as was in the earlier case.

cineandhra verdict :

Avoid it at all costs but only if you love horror and Sarath Kumar!