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Kavacham Review: An underwhelming cop drama- Cinema express

Kavacham Review: An underwhelming cop drama

Kavacham requires you to suspend your belief, common sense and your love for commercial cinema. The 143-minute slog is way too boring and has only a few redemptive features

Published: 07th December 2018

Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas, who relied on action entertainers since his debut film, Alludu Seenu fails to reinvent the wheel in his latest high-voltage cop drama, Kavacham. Directed by newcomer Sreenivas Mamilla, this 70s-style action entertainer sees Sai Srinivas as Vijay, an aggressive cop in Visakhapatnam, who dispenses justice to the perpetrators by performing all sorts of gravity and logic-defying stunts. The cop in question gets entangled in a kidnap case, and his fate crisscrosses with Vikramaditya (Neil Nitin Mukesh), a greedy business tycoon, making way for a non-linear narrative that keeps you underwhelmed and restless till the end credits.

Cast: Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas, Kajal Aggarwal, Mehreen Pirzada

Director: Sreenivas Mamilla

The film starts off with promise but falters eventually because it can’t find its feet. On the surface, the story seems tailor-made for Sai Srinivas, but the director doesn’t know what point to make and he has let down a big opportunity by the weight of its trite dialogues, inert writing, and clunky execution. The emotional track and another side-track about the kidnaps seem convenient. Kavacham is a film that requires you to suspend your belief, common sense and your love for commercial cinema.

The 143-minute slog is way too boring and has only a few redemptive features. The script isn't fashioned as a whodunit as we know who is the culprit. But the battle of wits turns out to be a cat and mouse chase. To an extent, watching the protagonist work systematically towards finding the clues in the second hour offers some real thrill.

Typically, intense cop dramas have emotional flashback scenes involving loving partners, kids or old parents, to drive home the point about the struggle the cops go through for the well-being of their family. Although it sounds thoughtful, that particular episode is treated in an old-fashioned way. There's also an obligatory romantic track between Srinivas and Mehreen Pirzada. The film's strength lies in the confrontation between Srinivas and Neil.  It appears that the director tried to make everyone and everything look serious in the film.  As a result, the proceedings become dull, and we don’t even get characters worth caring for. Hence, you feel imposed and wearisome.

In a way, Srinivas dominates the film and others just happen to share a frame with him, trying to do their best and succeed in their endeavours. However, he looked unenthused as a cop. As for  Neil Nitin Mukesh, he looks like a comical villain in a seemingly serious actioner. Kajal Aggarwal doesn’t get enough screen presence to show her potential. The romantic track involving her looks underdeveloped with a string of unremarkable songs that only slow down the film’s pace.

Kavacham has got a tired and recycled feel and fails to hold up to Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas's earlier films

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