Strong in making, weak in script
A commando needs to be fit and fine- both physically and mentally. But, ‘Kaappaan’, a story on a SPG (Special Protection Group) officer, is strong in production values, but weak in narration.
Starring Suriya and Mohanlal in key roles and a bunch of popular faces in the cast, the movie directed by K V Anand tries to throw light on too many issues in too little time, thus losing focus on its core plot. Having said that, we should also admit that there are some interesting scenes which would keep the audience to the edge of their seats.
A bid is made to assassinate Prime Minister of India, Chandrakant Varma (Mohanlal), but it is thwarted. Soon, Kathir (Suriya), a military intelligence officer, starts probe to track down the threat the PM is facing.
Even as his colleagues in the Special Protection Group (Samuthirakani, Prem and Kiran) help him in the mission, Kathir also has a romantic angle with the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Anjali (Sayyeshaa).
The PM has a playful son in the form of Abhishek (Arya) who undergoes a change of mind, while there is a multi-millionaire businessman Mahadev (Boman Irani) who is too close to Varma and almost runs the country.
The rest of the film is all about whether Kathir is able to save the Prime Minister and the country, whether he can expose the ones who are working against the nation and who is that mysterious assassin (played by Chirag Jani).
No one can find fault on Suriya. His determination and hardwork reflect in each and every scene. Mohanlal’s characterisation reminds one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while Sayyeshaa, Arya and others have not been utilised well.
The film’s major strength is its grandeur and kudos go to Lyca Productions, cinematography and arts department. Harris Jayaraj’s music is a weak link and it is time for the music composer to reinvent himself. There are a string of sharp dialogues by Pattukottai Prabhakar.
Director K V Anand, who gaves us great entertainers like ‘Kana Kanden’ and ‘Ayan’, kindled a lot of expectations before ‘Kaappaan’. Though the end-product doesn’t fulfil them fully, it is still an engaging fare.