"KaKaPo" in grassroot level is yet another tamil rom com wherr the hero and heroine are totally opposite but they get together under obvious circumstances. Yes I understand that for commercial reasons they made this all look like your average Tamil RomCom (Even the poster artwork would suggest so), but KaKaPo is anything like it!
It is a charming film though, with a great cast in an opposite poles / love at second sight scenario that both, the fabulous Vijay Sethupathy & Madonna Sebastian, master with ease without ever allowing the movie to lower its fairly high standards. KaKaPo is warm, funny and irresistibly humane.
The script is peppered with (more or less subtle) criticism of Indian society and the way things have always been, and beyond the façade of an entertaining and atypical boy-and-girl-next-door movie we find subtexts about emancipation, the need for the modernization of society, about its current double-standards and old-fashioned expectations towards roles, as well as about the economic downturn.
Essentially, KaKaPo is a recession movie, reflecting people’s changing lifestyles and conditions. A large part of its momentum comes from how people deal with change, how they adapt (or not). On the other hand it’s interesting to see how much the movie is driven by its female lead. The role of Madonna is one of the few in our cinema that is truly independent, doesn’t comply to male expectations and is rewarded for her stance at the end of the film (while usually we’d see some sort of repercussion at some point). That’s a rare thing, and I must applaud Nalan Kumarasamy for not compromising when writing the role and delivering a fine discourse on emancipation. How can I not say anything about the Prince of charm Vijay Sethupathy :) He's more like being celebrated for his little antics. With an impeccable dialogue delivery, he does cast his mojo even with his peppy mannerisms & body language in this. You can't help but falling in love with the Kathir character.
KaKaPo, apart from other films with similar concept or subject: the film is scrutinizing life and absorbs a relevant essence. Its idea is not to be a “funny film” or a “romantic comedy”, but to tell us about men and women, about winners and losers, about dreams and reality.
While this wacky flick is not easily fitting genre labels, it rises above respective categories as a work that largely defies stereotyped thinking, and by doing so brings a lot of credibility to the table. It may not exactly be a political movie, nor an independent film; but it’s a great observer of life as it happens. Such a beautiful beautiful movie in recent times. Go and fall in love with this spectacle <3