Kaattu, directed by popular director Arun Kumar Aravind, graced the screens in Kerala this Friday. Asif Ali and Murali Gopi played the lead characters in this movie, which has been written by Ananthapadmanabhan based on the story written by Late Master Writer/Director P Padmarajan. Director Arun Kumar Aravind himself produced this movie under the banner named Karmayug Films and the trailer of this flick had got tremendous responses. It had raised the anticipation level of this movie to a new height as well. Manasa Radhakrishnan and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar had played the female lead characters in this movie and this a period movie as well.
The plot of this movie revolves around the characters played by Asif Ali and Murali Gopi. Asif Ali plays the character named Nuhukannu, who is a naive young man who does random jobs to survive. Murali Gopi plays the character named Chellappan. Varalakshmi plays the character named Muthulakshmi and Manassa Radhakrishnan plays the character named Ummukkulusu in this movie. The story moves forward when Nuhukannu meets Chellappan and starts to work with him earn a living. The film shows how the past of Chellappan comes to haunt him and how it affects Nuhukannu as well.
Arun Kumar Aravind had always given us intense and different movies. His films like Cocktail, Ee Adutha Kalathu and Left Right Left had made a great impact on the audience and with this movie named Kattu as well, he is doing the same. Once again he came up with an intense emotional movie, which is set in the 1980’s.
The screenplay from Ananthapadmanabhan was amazing as it had all the elements to entertain the audience while keeping a certain standard. It had thrill, action, emotional sequences, romance, drama etc and the director had made it as a complete package. But he had made it as a completely different cinematic experience as well. The characterization, plot situations etc were just fabulous and he became succeeded in getting the best performance from the actors at his disposal too.
The performance from both Murali Gopi and Asif Ali were the backbone of this flick. They had just given the career-best performance of them in this movie. Asif Ali had stunned everyone with his portrayal of the character named Nuhukannu and he just lived as that naïve young man on screen. He became that character in his looks and body language and had given his flesh and blood to Nuhukannu. Murali Gopi too was excellent as Chellappan and he too had given 100% justice to that character. Manassa Radhakrishnan had given a matured performance as Ummukkulusu and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar once again showed her sterling talent as an actress. Other artists like Unni Rajan P Dev, Shikha, Pankan Thamarasserry etc also done their part very well.
The DOP of this flick was Prasanth R Nair and his work was brilliant. The frames from him set the tone of the movie. Music was tuned by Deepak Dev and once again he had done a fine job with his songs and background scoring. Arun Kumar had edited the movie as well and as usual, he did a great job.
In total, Kattu is a powerful, different and fresh cinematic experience which will take you to a whole new level of entertainment. It is a quality movie which will never disappoint you and in fact, will make you feel that you have watched something very special on screen.