Kanaka: Strictly for Duniya Vijay fans
The film, which has the actor playing a fan of Dr Rajkumar, starts out on a promising note, but loses steam and ends with a predictable climax
Director R Chandru knows that without the spark of inspiration, the fuel of public expectation cannot be ignited. While Kanaka ignites the passion of Duniya Vijay’s fans, the inspirational element here is Dr Rajkumar. With a heavy dose of action and packed full of punch dialogues, Chandru weaves in the Rajkumar factor cleverly, though perhaps a bit overambitiously. Nevertheless, he offers us a total entertainment package, and even manages to bring in family sentiments.
Director: R Chandru
Cast: Duniya Vijay, Manvitha Harish, Hariprriya, Ravi Shankar
The film is set in two parts. It begins on a promising note with Kanaka (Vijay) looking up to his only friend and family in the city, Rangayana Raghu. He grows up pasting cinema posters, and establishes a sort of bond with Dr Rajkumar and learns life lessons by watching his films. To make ends meet, he becomes an auto driver and his motto is to serve the people. He then meets Kanasu (Manvitha Harish), a medical student. Due to certain circumstances, Kanasu’s life is in danger, and Kanaka becomes her protector. Kanasu develops feelings for him. Will he reciprocate gets the audience to one part of the story.
The second part sees Kanaka landing in Bankapura to get back to his family, whom he left 20 years ago. Though he gets a warm welcome from his mother and brother, he is considered an inauspicious child by his father, who distances himself. How he becomes successful in winning over his father’s heart, and becomes the pillar of his family by protecting them from rivals form a major plot. In parallel runs the love story of Kanaka’s childhood crush Sampige (Hariprriya), who has lost her husband. Whether he ends up with Sampige for Kanaka is something you'll have to watch the film to find out.
There is ample presence of Rajkumar in the film, but the execution needs more coherence. What starts on an interesting note, loses sheen as the logic breaks midway and gets the audience to a very predictable ending. Chandru goes back to the old school way of story telling and filmmaking, which works in parts.
Vijay carries the entire film on his shoulders, with neatly executed action and punchy dialogues delivered in style. Manvitha Harish and Hariprriya fit well into their respective characters. In the supporting cast, Ravi Shankar seems to be under-utilised, making only a cameo appearance. Comedians Sadhu Kokila, Kuri Pratap and Bullet Prakash try to make us laugh, but don't really succeed.
If you go without expectations, you will not be disappointed, but this film is largely aimed at Duniya Vijay's fans.