What Is the Film About? -Kaashmora Kashmora Review
Kaashmora (Karthi) is a fraud. He along with his family use people’s weakness for ghosts and cash on them. What happens when this fraud gang face real ghost is what the film is all about.
How Is Karthi’s Performance?
Karthi too is getting repetitive with his performance but what makes it tick here in Kaashmora is the set up which gives it a fresh twist. His usual comic timing is enhanced further with horror comedy angle thrown in. He gets a chance to show his versatility with a period character and it highlights how it’s very difficult for him to come out of that comedy persona as in Oopiri and create a new character. He tries very hard and succeeds only partially.
Direction by Gokul?
Direction by Gokul is alright. He has a decent script in hand and he gives a decent output with it. There is no real stunning highlight block. What we see are few scenes that come together very well and when one begins to imagine bigger things the director pulls it down.
First half, for example, could have been way more funnier. But what we get is a predictable and slow paced screenplay that crawls towards the expected. Still, it is the funny moments in between that keep viewers engaged. The pre interval and interval sequences are handled well.
Second half of the film carries the momentum and it is nearly blended into the flashback. The problem here is little bit of repetition of the ghost without nothing new actually happening. Again when things look like stagnating there is a very well executed sequence that takes everyone by surprise. One only wished there were more moments of these type. At the end, what keeps one engaged is the entertainment factor. Overall, had the director worked on few more scenes of the quality of pre interval and pre climax, Kaashmora would have been much more than an average fare.
Nayanatara, Sri Divya and Others?
Nayantara has a small but very strong role. She does justice to the character with her performance that feels royal and menacing at the same time. The fact that one doesn’t even remember Sri Divya at the end of the movie should tell us the importance of her character and her role in the film. But, it is the comedy gang lead by Vivek who really are the heart of the film along with hero. Other artists have very small roles to make an impact.
Music and Other Departments?
Music by Santosh Narayanan is strictly functional. Once again the background score is better and it has been used very well too. The cinematography is fine. Editing could have been better. Vfx are tacky at time. Dialogues are good.
Pre climaz and climax
Most of the first half
A proper alternative take would be to have a serious take on the same content by reducing the repetitive comedy.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but with reservation
Kaashmora Review by Siddhartha Toleti (Kashmora Review)