If you’ve seen A R Murugadoss’s movie “Ramana” (starring the Tamil Star turned politician Vijaykanth), you are likely to agree that “Kaththi” is just a stylish version of the former one – but, this movie is made on a much bigger budget, starring flamboyant young modern star Vijay, highlighting on the current issue of land acquisition rights in most states of India, showcasing a mannequin heroine (with absolutely no scope for any performance) and a lot of emotional melodrama.
Of course, “Kaththi” is an all-out commercial movie where the target audience expects only heroism, dare devil action and ample romance from the Superstar Vijay. Director Murugadoss has portrayed ‘Elaiya-dhalapati’ .. which means ‘the star who is ruling the youth’ .. as a messiah, a man of the masses willing to sacrifice even his own life for the cause he is fighting for. Murugadoss smartly uses the off-beaten ‘duplicates or double’ concept by introducing to us a petty thief named as Kathiresan (Vijay), spending his days in a Kolkata prison. Kathiresan is an expert in deciphering logistics and can invent a solution to any complicated logistic problem, if the blueprint map of the location in question is given to him. As an result of a freak road accident and shoot-out, Kathiresan meets his duplicate (Vijay .. again) Jeevanandham who is a socialistic do-good-er. And now, the real story behind the mass suicide of helpless farmers in a village called ‘Thanni-Oothu’ from Thirunelveli district unfolds on the screen.
“Kaththi” does feature a few good moments. A fight sequence involving a bunch of coins is well choreographed. Vijay proves to be a ‘young’ superstar attracting a mass following of Tamil speaking movie-goers across the world. If you are an ‘Elaiya-dhalapati’ Vijay’s die-hard fan or admirer, do not miss this Diwali 2014-released Movie “Kaththi”. Go .. Watch it !!