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Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga review: A laughathon that gets a bit preachy

4/1/2013 12:14:31 PM

Director Pandiraj made a mark with his entertaining debut film, Pasanga, which had a message but wasn’t preachy. His second, Marina, may not have enjoyed the same amount of success or earned similar praise but was a good effort nevertheless.

Now, he is back with Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, billed as an entertainer, which it certainly is. He has brought together his discoveries -- Vimal, who was launched in Pasanga and Sivakarthikayen who made his debut in Marina -- and made use of their strength, which is comedy.

Pandiraj has etched the characters of the two lead actors well and given the heroines, Bindu Madhavi and Regina Cassandra, enough to do as well. His focus has been on providing clean entertainment and he succeeds to a large extent with KBKR which is high on the comedy quotient with Parotta Suri in the cast too.

The dialogues and funny lines are one of the selling points of the film and there are no baddies to deal with. The story is set in and around Tiruchi with much of the action at Golden Rock (Ponmalai) railway station. It revolves around a couple of youth -- Kesavan (Vimal) and Murugan (Sivakarthikeyan), who are childhood friends. They are more often than not at loggerheads with their parents who are fed up of their ways. Having tried various things to be successful in life, they hit upon the idea of entering politics as a last resort and decide to contest the local body elections.

Mithra (Bindu Madhavi), a nurse and Paapa (Regina Cassandra), daughter of a xerox shop owner, fall for Kesavan and Murugan respectively. The wastrels, who are in love, attempt to turn over a new leaf. How they manage to do that is the rest of the plot.

The comedy scenes involving Vimal, Siva and Suri tickle the funny bone endlessly. Of the two heroes, Sivakarthikeyan steals the spotlight with his spontaneity, while Vimal, who has had a few duds of late, proves that comedy is his forte too. Bindu and Regina add value and the director deserves credit for making them strong personalities rather than mere eye candy.

Delhi Ganesh, Muthuraman and Sujatha, who form part of the cast, do a neat job. Yuvan Shankar Raja's music matches the film’s mood. Pandiraj has come up with a clean entertainer that also sends out a message about the value of the father-son relationship. He could have made the end of the film less preachy though.


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