Kaappaan Movie Review: Suriya tries hard to keep this action film afloat

In KV Anand’s Kaappaan, we get to see Suriya do a lot of things – from singlehandedly stopping a train by planting explosives to hunting down the person responsible for an attack on the Prime Minister – he’s a one many army.
Kaappaan Movie Review: Suriya tries hard to keep this action film afloatKaappaan Movie Review: Suriya tries hard to keep this action film afloat
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Kaappaan 
 

Kaappaan Director: KV Anand
 

Kaappaan Cast: Suriya, Mohanlal, Arya, Sayyeshaa, Samuthirakani and Boman Irani
 

Rating: 2.5/5

In KV Anand’s Kaappaan, we get to see Suriya do a lot of things – from singlehandedly stopping a train by planting explosives to hunting down the person responsible for an attack on the Prime Minister – he’s a one many army. But what’s disappointing is that his efforts are not complemented by writing which reeks of predictability and mediocrity. In their third collaboration together, KV Anand and Suriya team up for an action film centered on the Commandos of Special Protection Group that’s all over the place and mostly flat.
 


 

Early on in the film, we witness an assassination attack on Indian Prime Minister, Chandrakanth Varma, played by Mohanlal. He escapes unhurt but decides to find out who’s behind the attack. Meanwhile, the Indian Army intelligence puts Kathiresan (Suriya), an intelligence officer, who also doubles up as an organic farmer in a small village in Thanjavur, to investigative the attack on the PM. Kathir soon gets deputed as officer in the Special Protection Group and what follows forms the rest of the story.

Instead of wasting time on exploring the done-to-death miserable lives of farmers due to corporatisation, if only KV Anand focused on making Kaappaan as a straight-out action film, it would’ve been far more entertaining. By needlessly pandering to the masses with a dreary and long-drawn emotional subplot involving farmers, the film loses fizz even before you walk out of the cinemas. Also, this is the second time in a row Suriya has played an organic farmer after NGK. Therefore, if he chooses farming over acting in the next few years going by his choices of scripts lately, let’s not be surprised.

The film boasts of acting talents like Mohanlal, Samuthirakani and Boman Irani, but unfortunately none of them make an impact with their performance. Mohanlal as the PM is a major miscast and he bores with his speeches of patriotism. Samuthirakani as an SPG Commando has very little to contribute other than following Suriya’s orders and passing double meaning dialogues in a silly scene.  Boman Irani as the antagonist is no longer a surprise because it’s so easy to guess his character by the way it’s written in Kaappaan. Suriya tries extremely hard to make Kaappaan work as an action film. Unfortunately, his efforts don’t pay off and what we get is a half-baked thriller with a boring sub-plot about plight of farmers and corporate greed.

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