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Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam is yet another substantiation that Parthiepan is more a prolific writer than an actor. If he can give us more writer-backed films like these, we would definitely not mind missing him as an actor – be it as a chola king or in a Selvaraghavan film.
Cast: Santhosh Prathap, Thambi Ramaiah, AL Alagappan, Akhila Kishore, Dinesh Natarajan, Lallu Prasath, Sahithya Jagannathan, Vijay Ram, Mahalakshmi
Guest Appearances: Dhanush, Vishal, Arya, Raghava Lawrence, Srikanth, Bharath, Vijay Sethupathi, Prakash Raj, Vimal, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Taapsee Pannu, Amala Paul, Cheran, Dhananjayan Govind, Iniya, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Roopa Shree
PRO: Nikkil Murugan
Written & Directed by: Radhakrishnan Parthiepan
Production: Chandramohan for Reves Creations
Release Date: 15-08-2014
Run Time: 02:08:00
R. Parthiepan’s Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam is sometimes outlandish, sometimes quirky but mostly refreshing and gravely irreverent. Parthiepan, as a writer-director, has made a splendid comeback after a series of duds. His inimitable command over wordplay is an absolute delight to watch.
The humor in KTVI comes as a whiff of fresh air amidst contemporary films which dole out the most cliched jokes as humor by critiquing women and passing crass comments on a person’s physique. Thanks to Parthiepan for redefining and remembering us the word humor yet again. As the tagline suggests, there is no definitive story in the film. It thrives on its free-flowing screenplay, written with eccentric smartness.
To put KTVI in a nut-shell, this is a film about a bunch of wannabe filmmakers striving to make a film. The story (if you call it so) focusses on the pursuit of their passion and their frantic quest to come up with a script for their film.
Santhosh Prathap as Thamizh and Akhila Kishore as Daksha, who play the leads, are adorable on screen and the romance portions between the couple are etched so well that they really look like a couple. Akhila Kishore as whimsical Daksha has delivered a tremendous performance. But, the film’s showstealer is Thambi Ramaiah, who single-handedly carries the film with his gamut of expressions and gags. Parthiepan’s dialogues are so lyrical in most of the scenes that you instantly start mumbling it without your knowledge. He throws in a lot of subtexts here and there and makes you think,which most of the films fail to do. His non-chalant take on the current state of Tamil cinema is thought-provoking and at the same time, intriguing.
In a way, KTVI is a tribute to yesteryear classics and to Parthiepan’s favorite film-makers. Time and again, he takes references from erstwhile films and glorifies their directors with in-your-face dialogues. Like how K.Balachander was a trend-setter and K.Bhagyaraj – his guru – was a mastermind in writing climax scenes.
Sudarshan editing is the pillar of the movie and Rajarathinam’s frames are aesthetically appealing while Sathya’s background score neatly accentuates the movie forward. At two hours and eight minutes, the film is definitely worth your money.
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam is yet another substantiation that Parthiepan is more a prolific writer than an actor. It’s easily his best film after the award-winning Housefull. KTVIshould be embraced for the gross experimentation in its screenplay and audacity in its dialogues. If Parthiepan can give us more writer-backed films like these, we would definitely not mind missing him as an actor – be it as a chola king or in a Selvaraghavan film.
Written by Surendhar MK