Director K. V. Anand and his writers duo Subha in their previous collaborations have regularly taken up a social issue and presented it in a nice commercial package.
Vijay Sethupathi has expressed one more dimension of acting from his rich repertoire. Initially as the lovelorn wig donning student, he exudes boyish charm.
Verdict: Go for it to experience an entertaining film with top class acting and message driven home effectively.
Remember the theme music that played right before the evening news on Doordarshan (or Doordarshan Samachar as it used to be called)? It’s the same theme that plays as the title credits roll before KV Anand’s Kavan.
The protagonist in question is Tilak (Vijay Sethupathi), the only student in film school to raise his hand to become a documentary filmmaker while all his classmates chose feature films.
In the end, it’s funny how the film becomes a lot like the channel it disses.
In Kavan, director KV Anand has zoomed into the topical world of TRP-driven news channels, sting operations, paid news and the ‘Breaking News’ syndrome. Vijay Sethupathi is an idealist television anchor who wants to clean up the corrupt system prevailing in television channels which are only looking at eyeballs and revenue.
Vijay Sethupathi is fantastic and his dig at Arnab Goswami and other anchors who shout, will have the audience in splits.
On the whole Kavan is a commercial entertainer, which keeps you hooked.
Kavan is the second instalment in director KV Anand’s journalism series. With actor Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian, the director has delivered an engaging film based on the TRP-driven media practices. Unlike his 2001 film KO, Anand doesn’t make this film a fight of good media against the corrupt system.
The director has also not forcibly injected songs into the script to follow the standard rules of a commercial film. The music is used smartly.