Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal Movie Review: This romantic comedy with a dream cast entertains only in bits and pieces

Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kaadhal Story: Rambo, who doubles as a cab driver and a bouncer, falls in love with two women who have diametrically opposed personalities. What happens when he is compelled to choose?

Review of Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kaadhal: In Tamil cinema, falling in love with two people at the same time has been explored by stars such as Rajinikanth and Mohan. Vignesh Shivan also tackles a similar subject in his own unique style, laced with humour and emotion, in Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kaadhal. However, the treatment here prevents you from fully appreciating the film in the way it was intended. The plot is extremely predictable, and events unfold without any real conflict.

The film begins with a young boy, Ranjankudi Anbarasan Murugesan Boopathy Oohondhiran alias Rambo, abandoning his sick mother, believing that he is cursed and that his mere presence will harm her. After years, we see an adult Rambo (Vijay Sethupathi) who works as a cab driver in the morning and as a bouncer at night. He develops feelings for Khatija (Samantha) and Kanmani (Nayanthara) in his two lives, two women with diametrically opposed personalities. After the two women propose to him, Rambo believes the jinx has been broken and he receives everything he desires in life in double portions. The trouble begins when he is confronted with reality and forced to choose between his two lovers.

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal
Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal

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Though the storyline is straightforward, Vignesh Shivan establishes a distinct universe for each of the three main characters, complete with intriguing backstories. While everything initially appears to be on track, the plot begins to unravel as the film progresses. It devolves into another pointless romantic comedy, failing to do justice to the dream trio of Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, and Samantha. What we are missing here are the genuine conflicts and complications that accompany a three-way relationship. Just as we expect things to take a serious turn, Shivan injects a dose of levity. While his treatment may be adequate for a romantic comedy, certain scenes could have been written more convincingly for the audience to connect with.

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal

The scenes of Nayanthara caring for her sister and disabled brother, as well as how Sethupathi develops a bond with them, are beautiful, and Shivan probably could have expanded on them further. While Rambo’s individual journeys with both women are quite interesting, when their worlds collide, the film loses steam and manages only to elicit a few moments of laughter.

Anirudh is a significant savior of the film, transforming it into a watchable experience with his foot-tapping numbers and emotional background score. Anirudh and Vignesh Shivan, who conjured a magical experience in Naanum Rowdy Thaan, manage to recreate it only in fragments. Even if the writing is sloppy, the mere presence of Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, and Samantha elevates even the most mundane scenes. A single-shot scene in which Vijay Sethupathi delivers a lengthy dialogue once again demonstrates the actor’s prowess and how a good actor can enliven a scene.

Nayathara and Samantha have worked well together, demonstrating why they are the industry’s most sought-after actresses. Cricketer Sreesanth, who portrays Samantha’s boyfriend, does an admirable job in a brief role. Both cinematography and editing are simple, as there is little room for experimentation. Kaathuvakkula Rendu Kadhal is a one-time watch that can only be appreciated in segments.

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