Director: Raghava Lawrence
12 years ago, Raghava Lawrence got his breakthrough with Muni. The hero, a human version of Courage The Cowardly Dog, is possessed by a ghost, which wants to avenge the ones who murdered him and his daughter. The hero, on learning the ghost’s sad past, agrees to be its host and let him kill the villains. The timid guy turns all powerful with the help of the ghost. A horror story was given a superhero twist. The idea was wacky. Muni worked. That led to a whole lot of horror-comedies. It has been more than a decade now, and Kollywood just won’t turn off the horror-comedies tap. Including Kanchana 3.
Raghava Lawrence himself has gotten away with four films (including Shivalinga) using the same idea, which is now as stale as Rajinikanth’s promise on political entry. But one does know what he/she is up for while grabbing a ticket for Kanchana 3. So, no more curiosity about the story. But the template doesn’t seem to work anymore. Kovai Sarala, Sriman, and Devadharshini are trapped in a vicious circle, doing the same things. Their slapstick comedy and Raghava Lawrence’s jumps onto Kovai Sarala’s hip don’t help much anymore either.
Kanchana 3 is not just a Muni template, it is actually a scene-by-scene reconstruction of the second part for the most part. It’s a remake.
Also, Kanchana 3 is not just boring, it is problematic too. There are three heroines – Vedhika, Oviya and Nikki Tamboli. There might as well be ten, because none of them makes any difference to the film. Their purpose is to drool over Raghava, take turns in jumping on the hero’s hip, wear glamorous outfit and dance with Lawrence, whose skin tone is becoming a shade yellower with every passing movie.
The most cringe-worthy thing about the movie is how Raghava Lawrence, who never shies away from making an exhibition of his philanthropy, takes things very far in the film as well. Poor and differently-abled people in the film keep heaping praise on the character Kali (played by Raghava Lawrence), which becomes queasy after a point.
And we do get one foreign actress in the flashback portion, and a few more foreign supervillains, and a cameo by the Goddess Kaali herself. Raghava Lawrence does have a lot of hope from the audience. So much so, that he ends the film with a glimpse of Kanchana 4 / Muni 5. Keep them coming, we say.
If you have seen Muni, you have seen all the films in Raghava Lawrence’s horror-comedy series. Kanchana 3 is Lawrence’s laziest and the most problematic film of the successful franchise.
1 out of 5 stars for Kanchana 3.
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