Kavalai Vendam review: Nothing unpredictable but has its share of `howlarious' moments
If double entendre and crude gags are your idea of entertainment then the typical Tamil comedy Kavalai Vendam might just do the trick.
Kavalai Vendam is a typical Tamil adult comedy, which cannot go the full hog, as it has to get a U/A certificate so that it can be shown on television. Director Deekay dilutes the adult comedy with some sentiments and sermons hoping to get a U certificate (for getting tax free), but has to be satisfied with a U/A.
The opening scene in the film has heroine Kajal Aggarwal, wearing a mini dress, trying to cross a busy signal as men, including the traffic cop, ogle and drool over her. Later Kajal tells her friend that her husband Jiiva is high on hormones and as a 10-year old during swimming classes at school, he pretended to drown so that he could get mouth-to-mouth respiration from the female swimming coach! She wants him to sign the divorce papers, so that she can marry an American Maapillai, an NRI played by Bobby Simhaa. Jiiva is willing for the divorce provided she stays with him in his Conoor house for a week, which leads to fun and frolic.
It is predictable from then, as it has no story or twists. A scatological comedy scene involving the hero’s buddy, played by RJ Balaji, in a police station brings the house down. If Delhi Belly can do it in Bollywood, shit also happens here in Kollywood. In the second half, there is a boat scene involving all major actors of the film, with motormouth RJ Balaji in full flow with his one-liners. He lampoons Dhanush and Simbu to bring in the laughs.
To be fair, some of the moments are truly 'howlarious'. Kajal Aggarwal looks a million bucks and is present throughout the movie. Jiiva is his usual competent self, but it is RJ Balaji who steals the show with his risque jokes and one-liners. The music of Leon James is peppy and Abhinandan’s camera and locales add richness to the production value. If double entendre and crude gags are your idea of entertainment then Kavalai Vendam might just do the trick.
Rating : 2.5/5
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The emotional beats are inconsistent and overly melodramatic, bordering on preachy in a few instances.