Kanaa Kanden is a movie with a strong story with romance at its base. From a smooth take off, it moves ahead to unexpected quarters with suspense and thrills, but ends rather tamely.
Director K V Anand, however, deserves credit for trying out a new storyline, and Malayalam actor Prithviraj making his debut in Tamil hogs the limelight with his powerful and poised performance in a negative role.
After a long time one could see Srikanth as a romantic hero while Gopika, who plays his wife, has a meaty role unlike in other run of the mill films.
The movie begins with Bhaskar (Srikanth) visiting his village for his friend Archana's (Gopika) wedding. But he ends up in returning to city with Gopika herself for she comes to know of the bridegroom's bad past in the village just before the marriage.
Friends since their childhood days, the couple begins to live in a small house owned by Vivek in Chennai. Meanwhile, Bhaskar, a research scholar in Chemistry, succeeds in coming out with a prototype of a desalination plant which he wants to give to the government and solve the water crisis in Chennai.
He eventually gets discouraged by the government authorities and even the State Minister. He then decides to prove everyone wrong and plans to set up his own desalination plant based on the methods of his research. Along with Archana, he runs from pillar to post for loan. In between, the couple falls in love and ties the knot.
Enters Madan (Prithviraj), a college mate of Archana, Madan gets acquainted with their family. Coming to know of their troubles, the rich Madan volunteers to help them and even lends money. All troubles begin only now. Madan happens to be a 'business consultant' who lends money to companies, corporates and individuals at exorbitant rates of interest and uses his might to recover them.
In Bhaskar's case, he begins to trouble them demanding his money back and threatens to take over the research works of Bhaskar with which he aspires to make a huge sum.The movie after several twists and turns ends on a happy note.
Srikanth has played his part well. With enough scope for romance and action, he enjoys the role. Gopika has taken the glamour route and seems to have gone liberal in romantic scenes. At the same time, towards the second half, she turns fiery, and deserves a special mention for that.
All credit should go to Prithviraj. He has done his role not just with ease but also stamped his class all through. He seems to have fitted the character well and his handsome looks combined with his villainous deeds make him a treat to watch. Vivek has played his part well. However too much of double meaning dialogues from him is slightly surprising.
Couple of tunes by Vidyasagar sounds hummable. K V Anand in the company of cinematographer Soundararajan has given a movie which is a good time pass.
A good try by Anand in his debut directorial venture.