I saw a tweet recently which mentioned that around 1,000 VFX technicians worked on the latest Karthi, Nayanthara, Sri Divya starrer Kaashmora. I have a doubt that I’d like to ask those 1,000 people – what extraordinary imagination did you, folks, bring to the screen?
Because, clearly, much has been lost in translation.
S. Rajamouli’s Magadheera which was released in 2009 had better visuals than this mishmash of a film. Karthi is one of those rare actors who can easily pull off a character with grey shades, and yet win sympathy from the audience (Paruthiveeran). That sincerity can be seen in every film of his. Although he has starred in tight-masala films like Paiyaa, Saguni, and Alex Pandian, he makes it a point to experiment with his choices every now and then (Aayirathil Oruvan, Thozha).
The fault in Kaashmora’s stars purely lies in the packaging – making and marketing. The story itself combines humor, action, and supernaturalism. Stitching varied genres is a joy in its own form. Venkat Prabhu usually does that with his films. His Saroja combined suspense and comedy, whereas Biriyani was about a murder mystery with Premgi as one of the ‘detectives’. Every filmmaker cannot get a grip on merging genres successfully.
Kaashmora’s director, Gokul, pushed the film down the audience’s thirsty throat with posters and trailers aiming at the backstory involving a hefty Karthi and a gorgeous Nayanthara. The reality had another face altogether. Raj Nayak (Karthi) fought a questionable number of extras in the war sequences. Moreover, the action choreography wasn’t really intriguing. It was plain in all the places.
One bit of the movie revolves around the ghost of Raj Nayak walking and talking as if his head and body were separate parts – this thread could have brought the roofs down in a comical manner or scared the audiences to a great extent. It sadly does none of them.
Nayanthara’s turning water into wine with her appearances. But, here, she is just a softie. She doesn’t get elaborate lines or double swords to mesmerize the viewers. Her looks do wonders on-screen. However, that alone cannot kill the disorderliness of Kaashmora.
The two characters Karthi plays, Kaashmora and Raj Nayak, have no connection between them. Karthi’s Raj Nayak is brutal and unarguably the most powerful character in the film. Then why did the makers title the movie based on Karthi’s weightless character? The ruthless warlord could have been named Kaashmora instead. Or, a fancy name related to war and evil.
When not-so-big jokes join hands with a drama piece set in an earlier era, the linking has to be intangible. Gokul doesn’t mix these elements to a satisfying proportion. The trailers promised us a French Toast and the film gave us a one-egg omelet.
Written by - Karthik Keramalu