Kicchu Review: Lofty message in a stretched film
Although tackling an important and welcome message, the film is overlong and lacks depth
Save trees, save forests, save the environment. This is the message in Kicchu directed by Pradeep Raj. While addressing habitat and humanity, the film also brings in the elements of relationships, love and revenge.
Cast: Ragini Dwivedi, Dhruv Sharma, Abhinaya
Director: Pradeep Raj
The drama takes us on a journey with Suri (Dhruv Shama), a vocally and hearing impaired youngster, who has devoted himself to the environment. Passionate about the environment since childhood, Suri, along with friends turns activist and fights to save a special forest area. The question here is: Will turning green police for the survival of forests make a difference? Or will it pose a threat? In trying to tackle these issues, his own existence becomes a challenge.
The film is, for one, inspiring. It gives an insight into deforestation, and its effects on people. But somehow, on the whole, a sensitive subject like this seems to lack depth. It is not intense and the message they are trying to convey is lost.
At the same time, the lives of women working on coffee estates, with its own fictional twists, get woven into the story. What stands out though is the natural setting of the rural backdrop. Through the film, it feels like the green belt also becomes a character in itself.
But execution is where the film lacks. The film is stretched beyond capacity to maintain the length of a commercial film. Tighter editing and doing away with some unnecessary scenes would have helped in scoring an extra point.
Dhruv Sharma, on whom the story revolves, is portrayed as a strong character with extreme emotions. And with him stands Abhinaya. Ragini, who portrays different shades to her character, grabs the audience’s attention with her performance. More roles like this might, in fact, sharpen her acting skills.
Although Sudeep has a blink-and-miss role, his character is of relevance only because of a power-packed dialogue.
Arjun Janya has carefully worked on the background score which blends into the story quite naturally. The greenery has made the cinematographer’s job a lot easier, but he must get credit for capturing the mood and playing with light, which gives the film a natural feel.
With a green theme and a lofty message, Kicchu is a film that has been long pending. But we’ll leave it to the audience to see what kind of emotions it stirs up.