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‘Koogle Kuttappa’ film evaluation: KS Ravikumar shines on this trustworthy remake of ‘Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25’

‘Koogle Kuttappa’ film evaluation: KS Ravikumar shines on this trustworthy remake of ‘Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25’

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For a movie that offers with subjects that may give us existential fear – outdated age, loneliness, and rise of AI – it serves up fairly a number of pleasant moments

For a movie that offers with subjects that may give us existential fear – outdated age, loneliness, and rise of AI – it serves up fairly a number of pleasant moments

In one of many episodes of Rod Serling’s pioneering sci-fi collection, The Twilight Zone, a homicide convict named Corry is sentenced 50 years of solitary confinement on a distant asteroid. He’s given all primary facilities wanted for survival. However other than the times when officers from Earth deliver him provides, he has no firm. It’s simply him in an unlimited asteroid. 

Corry is imprisoned by loneliness.

Then, one of many visiting officers who sympathises with him, will get him a robotic named Alicia that appears and behaves like a girl. Corry first hates it. He’s sceptical if the machine can really replicate a human companion. However when it begins assuaging his desolation, he step by step develops emotions for it – for her. The extraterrestrial jail now begins to really feel like a paradise. Simply him and her in their very own world. He will get so hooked up to Alicia that even when he’s pardoned of his sentence, he refuses to return to Earth with out the robotic.

The very factor he thought was soulless had change into his soulmate. 

This is similar premise behind Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval’s bittersweet Malayalam movie, Android Kunjappan Model 5.25, which has now been remade in Tamil as Koogle Kuttappa. It’s about an aged luddite creating an emotional bond with a robotic that his son will get to take care of him. 

The Malayalam model of the movie was launched simply three years in the past and is streaming on Amazon Prime Video with subtitles. What’s the want for a remake then, one would possibly marvel. However this movie maybe warrants one due to the protagonist’s age.

What number of Tamil movies lately have explored the lives of individuals in that age group? Dhanush’s Pa Paandi involves thoughts. However, total, it’s only a handful. So, a number of the older viewers in Tamil Nadu, who don’t perceive Malayalam, can relate to this story – a science fiction at that – particularly when it’s rooted of their tradition. 

Koogle Kuttappa is about in a small city close to Coimbatore. An ageing Subramani (KS Ravikumar), who has misplaced his spouse, needs his son, Adithya (Tharshan), to dwell with him whereas the latter, a robotics engineering graduate needs to work overseas. When he finds himself a job in Germany, he leaves after getting a reluctant assent from father. In the meantime, Subramani suffers a coronary heart assault. Fearful about his father’s well being, Adithya brings dwelling a robotic his firm makes to take care of him. Subramani, although, is averse to expertise. Neglect smartphones, he doesn’t even use a mixer to grind his meals. 

How can a person who distrusts even a mixie get used to a robotic?

Nicely, he does (and so do your entire townsfolk). As a result of, like Alicia in The Twilight Zone episode, right here, too, the robotic, named Kuttappan, fulfils a robust yearning for companionship. If Corrie is a prisoner in a faraway asteroid, Subramani is an emotionally awkward, barely grumpy outdated man, who doesn’t get alongside very properly with fellow people. So, when the hip-high, affable robotic fills a void in his life, Subramani begins treating him like his little son – fairly actually. He will get him new garments, wipes his head when he will get moist within the rain, does a particular pooja in a temple… and so forth.

Koogle Kuttappa

Director: Sabari and Saravanan

Forged: KS Ravikumar, Tharshan, Losliya, Yogi Babu, and extra

Runtime: 2 hours 11 minutes

For us to get sucked into the blossoming of this man-machine bond, we’d like a strong efficiency. And, Suraj Venjaramoodu, because the outdated father, was very good within the Malayalam model. His appearing made us overlook among the logical loopholes within the writing. KS Ravikumar, equally, carries the movie within the Tamil model. That is most likely his best-ever work as an actor. 

First-time administrators Sabari and Saravanan have largely caught to the unique screenplay. They’re ably aided by Ghibran’s music and Arvi’s camerawork. However the most effective factor concerning the movie is Ravikumar. He emotes so properly. His limp, his Coimbatore Tamil, and his delicate little tics are so pure. His banter with Yogi Babu was among the many most pleasurable parts within the movie. 

The identical, nonetheless, can’t be stated of his parts with Tharshan. It pales compared with the chemistry Suraj and Soubin Shahir (who performs the son) shared within the Malayalam model. The romance between Tharshan and Losliya, who performs a Germany-settled Sri Lankan Tamil, was bland as properly.

However for a movie that offers with subjects that may give us existential fear – outdated age, loneliness, and AI – it serves up fairly a number of pleasant moments (although it ends on a wistful notice).

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