Cast: Vimal, Shiva, Anjali, Oviya
Any person who grew up in the 1990’s would not forget the happy-go-lucky movie, “Ullaithai Alli Thaa” directed by Sundar C. He brings in the same humour here in his 24th directorial venture, “Kalakalappu @ Masala Café”.
Starring people whose mere presence can tickle your funny bone, the movie is set in Kumabakonam. The story is about two brothers who work to restore and renew their once thriving ancestral restaurant and unite with their loved ones.
The movie quite literally takes off after the interval when Santhanam enters the film. His one-liners put you in splits. Vimal as the elder son who works to restore the business does a fine job. Shiva’s humour is an added advantage to the movie. Oviya and Anjali’s roles have limited scope for acting, for which they make up with glamour. John Vijay as the villain is unexpected and he carries off the role in a humorously serious way.
The big asset of the movie is perhaps the cinematography by U.K. Senthil Kumar and editing by Praveen K.L. and Srikanth N.B. The usual clichéd locations also seem new thanks to the picturisation. Songs by Vijay Ebenezer are worth noting.
The movie lacks the fluidity in the screenplay in parts and gets predictable at times. Nevertheless, if you have plans to catch up with your friends in the weekend, this movie can make you laugh your lungs out.
Bottomline: Watch without much expectation and you are sure to be entertained!
SUDHA S., Final Year, Chettinad Dental College
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