It’s a known fact that senior technicians in the film industry ultimately take up direction. Initially, it used to be the script writers and cinematographers, but over the years, choreographers and even music directors have tried their hand at the top job. However, direction is no piece of cake that everybody can have a slice of, and National Award-winning cinematographer K V Anand’s Kaapaan further drives this point home. That this is his seventh film as a director makes it worse.
The film tells the story of Kathir (Suriya), a top-ranking officer. Very soon, Kathir finds himself taking care of the security of the Prime Minister, Chandrakanth Verma (Mohanlal). The latter is a no-nonsense politician and not surprisingly, has his fair share of foes across the country and beyond. The PM’s son Abhishek (Arya) also shares a great rapport with Kathir. In a turbulent game of cat-and-mouse, will Kathir succeed?
Touted as an action thriller, the major problem with the film is its lack of adrenaline-pumping moments. Anand, who has also co-written the script with Prabhakar, dishes out a largely uninspiring screenplay which only finds its feet in the final 30 minutes of the film. By then, it’s a little too late to salvage anything. The core theme and the sub-plots are all good ideas on paper but it’s in the execution that the film falters big time. As mentioned earlier, a major share of the blame needs to go to Anand, the director.