with uppena, vijay sethupathi became a household name in the telugu states. he has been paired with nayanthara and samantha in kanmani rambo khatija-krk (kaathuvaakula rendu kaadhal in tamil) which attracted attention. The film is directed by Vignesh Shivan and produced by Nayan and Vignesh Shivan. this is enough to make noise. Although not a big Telugu release, this is Samantha’s first release after her divorce. she grooved with peppy oo antava in pushpa. but she has a full role in krk.
what is it about?
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rambo (vijay sethupathi) is under a spell. his father dies after he is born. he stays away from his sick mother just to save her life. his people think he has bad luck. Rambo works as a taxi driver during the day and works in a pub at night. rambo meets kanmani ganguly (nayanthara) who is looking for his partner. they get along. Meanwhile, Khatija (Samantha) meets Rambo at the pub. they hit him. how does rambo handle kanmani and khatija? Who will he marry?
vijay sethupathi is undoubtedly a good actor. but his rambo character doesn’t have much to offer to explore his acting prowess. the role was subtle and linear. however, vijay pulls it off in his style. nayanthara is well presented by vignesh. kanmani is not new to her as she has done heartwarming roles in the past. samantha gets a quirky and naughty role. actor prabhu is fine as a tv host. his episode doesn’t work. the rest of the cast is not noticeable.
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director vignesh shivan chose a fine line and tried to get involved with the charm of the main cast which is not enough to get involved. A weak and predictable story coupled with a flat narrative with no twists and turns make KRK a boring watch. the film drags and drags, testing the patience of the audience. anirudh’s music is acceptable. the romantic song involving nayanthara and samantha can attract the masses. Sam and Nayan rev up with their respective glamor quotient and offer a visual treat. the length of the movie adds to the problems.
thumbs downweak & predictable flat narration
triangular love stories are quite familiar in Telugu territory. they are done and sprinkled. prema desam to badri to arya to oohalu gusagusalade to iddarammayilatho, the list goes on and on. Since this formula is quite old, the filmmakers must rely on the treatment of the story in addition to the charm of the main cast. Director Vignesh Shivan relies entirely on the charm of Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara and Samantha. Unfortunately, the trio couldn’t salvage this poorly written story. the director lacked clarity. he’s absorbed various backstories to make it complex, but it just falls flatter. it adds no value to the story and leaves no impact. the relatives of the protagonist cannot marry due to the
The second half begins with two queens, kanmani and kathija, facing off against rambo. it seems forced, unnatural. the very chemistry of the main couple has not worked to the extent required. the supposed illness of the protagonist dissociates the identity disorder and the predictable twist that involves it will not work. The TV episode with Prabhu as host is expected to be hilarious. but he fails to create fireworks. the climax is on a predictable note. all together they make krk a dull and boring movie. Tamil flavor – less prominent supporting cast – puts off Telugu audience.
it is evident that the director vignesh shivan seems to be carried away by the main actors and their combination. nayan and samantha have blindly trusted him. what was intended is not translated on the screen. probably sharp editing and better scenes, the treatment could have made it better. but, krk ends up as a skippable and forgettable clock. It’s not worth watching on ott, let alone in a theater. let’s hope chiranjeevi and ram charan’s acharya is the savior in theaters this week.
end result: two bad guys!