Director: AR Murugadoss
Producer: K. Karunamoorthy an A. Subhaskaran
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography: George C. Williams
Cast: Vijay as Kathiresan / Jeevanantham
Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Ankitha
Neil Nitin Mukesh as Cedric Peter Von
Tota Roy Chowdhury as Vivek Banerjee
Sathish as Dhanu
Subbu Panchu Arunachalam
Story: Kaththi is another run off the mill story dished out by A R Murugadoss with gangsters, cops, chase, fights, songs, dances, romance and a dose of sentiment and a typical social message too of course. The story starts with a twist.
As for the story, Vivek Banerjee (played by Bengali actor Tota Roy Choudhury) the notorious international gangster gives sleepless nights to our cops. As the saying goes “to cut a diamond with a diamond” our cops take the help of another criminal mastermind Kathiresan aka Kaththi (played by Vijay) to catch hold of Vivek Banerjee.
After a hot cat and mouse chase in the dingy guttered alleys of Kolkata and rocking fights with the goons Vijay finally catches the grievously injured gangster Vivek Banerjee and sees him thrown in jail. As usual our Vivek Banerjee in jail swears that he will kill Vijay.
After coming out of jail Vivek Banerjee goes to meet Vijay. In a raining verbal encounter that takes place the gangster Vivek realizes that Vijay is only a dummy or a shadow. Shadow of Who? Dummy of Who? Will Banerjee kill Kathiresan? Well, you have to go and watch Kaththi and find out yourself.
What is another Vijay playing Jeevanantham character doing in the film while Kathiresan alias Kaththi chasing the gangsters? Well, he takes on Cedric Peter Von (played by Neil Nitin Mukesh), a crooked industrialist who wants to exploit the gullible innocent villagers and grab their entire land driving them away from the village.
Much to his frustration Cedric Peter’s exploits won’t work on villagers as Jeevanantham (played by Vijay again) comes to their rescue. This side of the story transports you to the village ambience In the run-up to the finale there would naturally be a mix-up of both Vijays Kathiresan and Jeevanantham as the film ends on all’s well that ends well! Vijay in between the fights and chases he finds time to woo our pretty Ankitha (played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu). Sayaji Shinde, Sathish and Subbu Panchu Arunachalam are seen in other key roles.
Artists Performance: Kaththi has Vijay hogging most of the screen-space as his dual role demands so. His sterling performance as both Kathiresan and Jeevanantham is spectacular.
Samantha adds spice to the movie with her performance. The performances of both Tota Roy Chowdhury as Vivek Banerjee and Neil Nitin Mukesh as Cedric Peter Von only elevate heroism in Vijay. Comedy by Sathish was irritating and was out of place. Sayaji Shinde and Subbu Panchu Arunachalam justified their presence in the movie.
Plus Points: It is Murugadoss and Vijay all through the movie. That’s the plus point. Murugadoss never let his grip down once. He has scripted the movie on a racy note that keep rolling to the box office blockbuster. Foot-tapping music by Anirudh Ravichander is good.
Minus Points: Photography fails to capture the mood of the story at times. The story at times tended to move away from the script. It was bit dragging
Analysis: You have everything in Kaththi that an audience desires to be entertained with 100 percent paisa vasool. And you will see the trademark stamp of ace director A R Murugadoss. It is the stamp of a blockbuster hit indeed. Well, when Vijay teams up with Murugadoss, then it’s all fireworks for Kaththi… a super duper hit.
Second half is brilliant and the story picks up and keeps you on razor’s edge throughout. While first half is dragging what with masala-stuffed entertainer. Vijay escaping from the jail, twist revealing to Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vijay addressing the media and taking a dig at the industrialists, especially liquor barons, Vijay rocking in pre-interval fight are some of the scenes brilliantly shot by AR Murugadoss.
Verdict: It’s an out and out mass entertainer. Vijay rocked in his dual role rendering terrific performance with fights and dances and his style of dialogue delivery is simply brilliant. Vijay and AR Murugadoss has once again delivered a sure blockbuster hit.