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Kanal Movie Review: A Passable Revenge Thriller

By Akhila Menon
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    Kanal is the revenge thriller directed which stars Mohanlal in the lead role. The movie is directed by Padmakumar and written by S Suresh Babu. Anoop Menon plays a pivotal role. Kanal is produced by Abraham Mathew under the banner Abaam Movies.

    Kanal Story

    The movie begins with Prithviraj's voice over. The American recession creates a huge impact in the Gulf countries; thus turning the lives of businessmen Kuruvila Mathew (Atul Kulkarni) and Raghu upside down.

    Then introduces Anantharaman (Anoop Menon), a journalist, John David (Mohanlal), an animator and their respective families, who meet up during a train journey. The movie takes a different turn when John and Anathan expolres their interconnected pasts. What happens next forms the rest of the plot.

    Cast And Performance

    Mohanlal is just outstanding as John David, a man with the shades of romance, humour, and negative elements. Anoop Menon has perfectly played Anantharaman and shares a great camaraderie with Mohanlal.

    Atul Kulkarni is exceptional as the antagonist; but didn't has much scope to perform. Honey Rose and Sheelu Abraham are just okay in their minimal roles.

    Nikita Thukral has nothing much to do other than look seductive. The rest of the star cast, including Innocent, Prathap Pothen, Santhosh Keezhattoor, Sadiq, Kochu Preman, Ambika Mohan, baby akshara Kishor etc are fine in their roles.

    Script And Direction

    Director Padmakumar and scenarist S Suresh Babu have succeeded in depicting a decent crime thriller. But the screenplay fails to keep the audience engaged after a point and falls into a slow pace at certain point.

    But the movie correctly delivers the thrilling elements at right amount; which makes the movie watchable despite the lag.

    Technical Aspects

    Vinod Illampilly's cinematography has perfectly captures the richness of the sand city and Kerala with the complete glory. Ranjan Abraham's editing is not upto the marks as the movie falls into slow pace often.


    The songs composed by Vinu Thomas completely fails to make an impact. Ouseppachan's brilliant background score perfectly complements the mood of a thriller movie.


    An average revenge thriller for a one-time watch.

    Check out the slides to know about the cast and crew members...

    Mohanlal As John David

    Mohanlal plays John David, an animator. The actor plays a character which oscillates between the positive and negative shades.

    Anoop Menon As Anantharaman

    Anoop Menon plays Anantharaman, a journalist. He meets John David during a train journey and that incidents turns his life upside down.

    Honey Rose As Anna

    Honey Rose plays Anna, John David's wife. She is a school teacher.

    Sheelu Abraham As Revathi

    Sheelu Abraham plays Revathi, Anantharaman's wife. She is also a media professional.

    Nikita Thukral

    Nikita Thukral plays a pivotal character, who forms a love triangle by involving with both John David and Kuruvila Mathew.

    Script And Direction

    The movie is scripted by Suresh Babu and directed by Padmakumar. The duo is teaming up with Mohanlal after the acclaimed movie Shikkar.


    The songs are composed by debutante Vinu Thomas and background score is composed by Ouseppachan.


    It is a an average revenge thriller for a one time watch.

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