Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5
Koogle Kuttappa Movie Review : KS Ravikumar shines in this watered-down remake
The story revolves around Subramani (KS Ravikumar), a curmudgeonly, very conservative widower, who wants his son Adithya (Tharshan), a robotic engineering graduate, by his side all the time. The latter rebels one day when he gets an offer to work for a robotics firm in Germany. With none of the caretakers lasting long, thanks to Subramani’s cantankerous nature, Adithya finally brings home a prototype robot to look after his father.
After resenting it initially, Subramani gradually starts to grow fond of Kuttappa, as the machine gets named by the villagers, and at one point, becomes obsessively attached, treating it as his own son. An alarmed Adithya, who knows the risks posed by the robot, returns home to make his father realise the danger, but can he convince the old man before it is too late?
While Android Kunjappan, despite its novel premise, unfurled as a slice-of-life film (a Malayalam cinema speciality) for the most parts, Koogle Kuttappa’s directors, Sabari and Saravanan, paint every plot development (including the less-than-convincing turns the story takes in the final portions) and emotion in broad strokes, turning the film into a loud rural drama. While the makers might have done this in the name of making it accessible to audiences here, what this approach seems to have ended up doing is turn the film into a generic village-set film, something that we get to see in Tamil cinema every month. Also, given the exposure to diverse content that audiences have these days, thanks to the OTT boom, it is time for filmmakers to start trusting the audience more and give them films that are unique and not generic. Which is what, sadly, doesn’t happen here. We have Yogi Babu doing his routine shtick — getting ridiculed and ridiculing others. We get a generic duet and a generic folk number; we get to see Marimuthu and Suresh Chandra Menon play loathsome characters, again; the former as an arrogant government officer in the village and the latter as a greedy and uncaring businessman in Germany.
What this does is turn the film into something that is less affecting. Yes, the plot moves along with no major slow downs, but barring a couple of scenes (like the dinner table monologue that Subramani delivers to Adithya), nothing stays in our mind once the film gets over. And save for KS Ravikumar, who captures the equally frustrating and endearing quality of Subramani to a good extent, the other performances hardly register. Tharshan hardly makes us feel for Adithya’s plight as a young man torn between the respect he has for his father and his dream, while Losliya, who plays Adithya’s girlfriend, is strictly functional. Even the subplot involving Subramani’s old flame doesn’t move us much. It is mainly the scenes between Subramani and Kuttappa that keep us involved as it is amusing to see this odd couple build their bond.