Five minutes into Kavalai Vendam, you will get a basic sketch of how the film is going to be. You may even predict how it is going to end. The film has a very used-up storyline but where it scores is through its dialogues and a largely interesting screenplay.
If you get your cast correct and when you maneuver them to the fullest, you are half successful in your attempt. Kavalai Vendam has a bandwagon of star cast like Jiiva, Kajal Aggarwal, Bobby Simha, Sunainaa, RJ Balaji, Mayilsamy, Manthra, Balasaravanan and more. The casting looks perfect, but have all of them been put to use to the fullest? That would be a No. Someone like Bobby Simhaa could have been used better.
Just like his earlier outing Yamirukka Bayamey, director Deekay scores high with some buoyantly clever and amusing comedy sequences. It compensates for the overdramatic sentiment scenes that creep in now and then. There are many comedy scenes that could make you break into laughter.
Police station and boat comedy sequences are a few worth mentioning ones. The humor and language justify the U/A certification. The family audience can watch if they can omit a couple of youth moments.
Like RJ Balaji says in the film, Jiiva’s house is the most loved after Sunny Leone. There is always a room for fun but, eventually the logic goes for a toss. The way Jiiva links his situation to co-bedded infants at a hospital is interesting, but that scene looks force fitted and we are not told why Jiiva and Kajal went to the hospital in the first place.
Like he has proven before, Jiiva can carry a film on his shoulders. Here again, he does his part beautifully well. He looks perfect for such roles.
The technical team gives an adequate backend support to the film with some great visuals from cinematographer Abinandhan Ramanujam and few soulful songs from Leon James. RJ Balaji scores big time in Kavalai Vendam.
It is easily one of his best works. His biggest plus is to infuse dialogues from old films and perfectly blend them with a particular situation without becoming cloying. Balasaravanan uses the limited scope and he does make an impact too.
You eventually get what you expect from a total romantic comedy. The jokes fly fast and sometimes very funny, in the first half. The second half picks up from where it left, but it gets flat towards the end.
The last 30 minutes look very hurried and could have been better. It loses shape mainly because it blends its fun elements with not so impactful emotions.
Verdict: Kavalai Vendam – A casual, fun filled ride apt for the young generation