A film should speak about women empowerment in sports. At the same time, it should also highlight the plight of farmers. Do you think this as almost impossible? If so, director Arunraja Kamaraj will prove you wrong, with his maiden movie ‘Kanaa’.
In a theme that has the danger of ending up as a documentary anytime, Arunraja Kamaraj has overcome all hurdles and presents an engaging and entertaining movie, but without deviating from the mission.
Kausalya (Aishwarya Rajesh) is the apple of the eye of her father Murugesan (Sathyaraj), a farmer in Kulithalai. Murugesan loves cricket a lot and breaks down when India loses the match.
This triggers the fire for cricket inside Kausalya who dreams to be part of the team that represents India in international matches. But the girl faces many hurdles since the sport is considered fit for boys.
She even faces opposition from her home, as her conservative mother (Rama) protests Kausalya playing the game in the company of boys. But Kausalya gets the full support of her father.
As days pass on, Murugesan faces huge losses in agriculture due to drought and is unable to repay bank loan. Now the onus is on Kausalya to win twin targets- to successfully be part of the Indian women’s cricket team and to settle the debts of her dad.
Aishwarya Rajesh is the hero of ‘Kanaa’ and simply excels in her role. If you think Kamal Haasan, Vikram and Suriya would go to any extent for their roles, Aishwarya Rajesh is no inferior to them.
Sathyaraj, who recently left a mark as a responsible farmer and devoted farmer in ‘Kadaikutty Singam’, presents a more power-packed performance in ‘Kanaa’. The likes of Darshan, Rama, Ramdoss, Ilavarasu and Karthik do justice to their respective roles.
And there is Sivakarthikeyan as the motivating cricket coach Nelson Dhilipkumar and his presence energises the screen. There are three more important players in the team and they are cinematographer Dinesh Krishnan, music composer Dhibu Ninan Thomas and editor Ruben.
All the above talents have combined together well and made ‘Kanaa’ the pride of Tamil cinema. The film will be remembered for long for its theme, execution and performance.
Kanaa – Extraordinary Win 2018
Aishwarya Rajesh – Man of the Match
Arunraja Kamaraj – 100 not out
SK Productions’ Sivakarthikeyan – Man of the Series
Sathyaraj – Best Fielder
Rating 4.5 out of 5