Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham movie review: Nivin Pauly and Grace Anthony shine in this amazing satire
Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham is a comedy movie directed by Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval and stars Nivin Pauly and Grace Anthony in the lead roles. The marketing of this movie made it seem like a throwback to Priyadarshan's movie from the 1980s, however. while this movie has those similar elements it is more of a social and political satire that brilliantly balances its light-hearted elements with a shade of dark humor.
The movie follows Pavithrana self-absorbed and struggling actor played by Nivin Pauly and his wife Haripriya a serial actress played by Grace Anthony. The couple that is on the verge of separation takes the advice of a mutual friend and decides to give their relationship a fresh start by going on vacation together. Unfortunately for them, they end up staying in a hotel with a not so good reputation and chaos ensues.
Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham is a treat to watch with a well-paced screenplay, good humor, and amazing performances. There is not one actor in this movie that does not bring their A-game. Nivin Pauly as the self-absorbed and moronic husband who throws around words like political correctness and cancel culture without fully comprehending their meaning was perfectly cast and it is an amazing chance for him to show off his comedic talents. Grace Anthony as the retired serial actress stuck in a loveless marriage trying desperately to make it all work out, does a brilliant job balancing between the character's naivety and frustration and showcases her range as an actress.
The rest of the cast which includes Vinay Fortt as Joby the helpless manager of the hotel trying his best to balance the incompetent staff and the unruly guests and falling short every time is fantastic on screen as he brilliantly transitions from the role of a straight man to comic relief. Jaffer Idukki as a drunk, and over-opinionated guest in the hotel has some of the best lines in the movie, and his timing is impeccable.
Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham is a movie that can easily be rewatched and I think this will only improve the experience as there are little jokes or running gags that can be missed the first time. From a technical standpoint, the movie has good editing, background music that knows when to stay in the background and when to play it up. The only issue I had with the movie was the climax, not story-wise, but this movie does have multiple endings and this could have been avoided.
So Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham is not a fast-paced wacky comedy, there are times when it slows itself down and focuses on the darker aspects of the plot this in my opinion only helps enhance the viewing experience as what is satire but a look at the ills of society.