Starring: Sasikumar, Bharathiraja, Meenakshi, Soori & others; Director: Suseenthiran; Music Director: D Imman; DOP: R B Gurudev; Editor: Anthony; Art Director: Sekar B; Lyrics: Viveka; Stunt: Dinesh Kasi; PRO : Johnson; Producer : D. N. Thai Saravanan; Banner: Nallusamy Pictures; Release Date: 22-08-2019; Run Time: 2:00:00
Suseenthiran first made his debut with Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu, a film that spoke about the game in length, and also gave us many moments to rejoice and remember. Being a surface specialist in sports dramas, the director returns to the fore to present Kennedy Club, a film on women’s kabaddi. Suseenthiran follows the age-old format of sports films to get across his storyline, but for slight changes in the agenda including the presence of two coaches in Bharathiraja and Sasikumar.
The film is narrated through the eyes of Sasikumar who comes in as a student of Bharathiraja, who later goes onto become a player himself. While Suseenthiran maintains the women side of the story well, there are some clarity issues on the other side. All through the film, the director sticks to the basics and does not take the risk of opting for something new or different from the usual sports dramas. There are sparks of intelligence that he brings up here and there, but in the big picture, they all look stained.
While Sasikumar and Bharathiraja do exactly what’s expected of them, the rest of the support cast fit the bill. The girl who leads the kabaddi team does show some promise and is the pick of the lot.
Imman’s background score, especially the theme music, adds more pep and excitement to the proceedings. He has smartly made use of different raises to shoot up the energy level of the film.
Overall, Kennedy Club is a superficial sports drama that qualifies as a decent watch. If you are a fan of sports films, this may interest you.
Verdict: A clean, watchable sports drama.
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