Kathakali revolves around a gruesome murder of a local thug named Thamba. A search is on to uncover the murderer and the key to solving this mystery forms the crux of the story.
Vishal is out on the big screen, doing what he usually does best. The 'action hero' of Tamil cinema excels in fight sequences and in the process might remind you of some of his previous flicks, which is the only drawback.
Overall View: Unlike the dance form, Kathakali isn't all out fascinating, but surely has its moments.
Kathakali begins with a news report about a skirmish between fishermen in Chennai and Cuddalore. We think this might be the focus of the film, but then as the story unfolds, we realize it is one of the many red herrings that director Pandiraj provides us to narrate a whodunit tale that holds its suspense till the climax.
Pandiraj gives us one twist too many in the end with a Murder On The Orient Express-like denouement that plausibility takes a beating.
Kathakali starring Vishal and Catherine Tresa in the lead easily transcends the intended message/story across. But the time taken to set-up the plot could have been shorter. Perhaps, the plot does get heated and spiced up as it approaches the interval point.
Unfortunately, the second half again takes a longer time to captivate our attention by failing to utilize the boost that the interval point provided to the story.
Verdict: ‘Kathakali’- Doesn’t have the expected intensity, but is a one time watch.
Although the initial portions of Kathakali are filled with inconspicuous love angle and friendship, the tempo rises towards the intermission and from then on, there is no looking back.
Kathakali's biggest strength is the water tight screenplay of director Pandiraj, his intriguing writing is top notch as he makes audience guessing with twists and turns at regular intervals.
Overall, Kathakali is an edge of the seat murder mystery, which should not be missed.
Vishal picked up the stereotype of action hero ever since the days of 'Sandakozhi' where he starts going behind the baddies, thrashes them up out of a good heart.
But that was long back, there is a reason behind why the directors want him to be in the skin of characters as in 'Kathakali', an innocent fellow who just minds his own business but rises to the occasion when it matters.
Verdict : In all, Kathakali is a good entertainer that slowly builds into an action packed thriller.