Cast & Crew:
Cast: Karthi, Nayanthara, Sri Divya (lead roles)
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Gokul
Production: Dream Warrior Pictures, S.R. Prabhu and S.R. Prakash
Music & BGM: Sathosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Kaashmora (aka) Kashmora is a historical drama film directed by Gokul of Idharku Thaaney Assaipattai Balakumara fame. This is a pure Tamil fantasy entertainer revolving around the story that happened 700 years ago! As promised by the hero and director, does the movie have 60% of comedy and 40% of fantasy? Let’s take a look on its review!
In this movie actor Karthi plays dual role – Raj Nayak, a self-obsessed warlord and Kaashmora – a man who fools people by showing him as black magician! Nayanthara plays the role of a princess Ratna Mahadevi and she was forced by the warlord, Raj Nayak to marry him. Actress Sri Divya is seen as a PhD student doing research on sorcery.
Like other horror movies, Kaashmora also open up in a far off land in which a tiny little girl speaks about some mumbo jumbo story while ancient texts fly off the screen.
Opening with the present, Kaashmora (Karthi), his father (Vivek), sister (Jangiri Madhumitha), mother, and grandmother dupe the job of fooling the people by creating problems intentionally and later pretend to be solving it with their tactics. Yamini (Sri Divya) plays the role of a researcher who was forced her way into the Kaashmora’s house to write a thesis for her PhD.
At one instance, Karthi & co., cheat a local politician named Dhanakoti and run away with his money. And it is from here, the twist begins! Karthi and his family get trapped in a spooky palace which is haunted with ghosts. How were they locked into the palace and how did the reality world and the past world were interconnected forms the rest of the plot!
Unlike Karthi’s usual roles, this movie shows Karthi’s fascinating performance. As a fraudulent black magician he nailed it well with his body language and expressions, while his performance as Raj Nayak who is lustful and duel on Nayanthara will be a delight to the viewer. In addition to this, Karthi made a third role in the film which was very well executed!
Nayanthara, the beauty queen as usual steals the hearts of the audience in her gorgeous princess character and also does some flawless stunt scenes that keeps us wondering wow! She was only shown for less than 30 minutes, so it might be a slight disappointed for fans since she was not utilised much. However, in the given time Nayan showed up well by oozing the audience with her grace.
Santhosh Narayanan’s music is pleasant to ears and his BGM dwells well in both periodic as well as in real-time portions. It is the lighting of Om Prakash who cranked the camera in various angels shows the movie unique from the rest.
Another big plus is the visual effects and the grand artworks that gave the best experience reminding us the movies like Arundhati and Baahubali. Also the art direction by Rajeevan, who made the sets of fantasy parts was sure to reach excellence! The third getup of Karthi had some works of 3D face scan technology giving an instant likeability. Dialogues were delivered well and are sharp at some points with superstitions touching the target.
Coming to the drawbacks, the movie took too long to carry on the first half and the speed was inconsistent.
Do watch it for Karthi and Nayanthara’s performance and without taking logics into mind. A good attempt of fantasy movie in spite of the hefty budget!
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