Director Shreekarthick’s Kanam featuring Sharwanand in the lead role is a time-travel-based fantasy entertainer that touches the core of emotions. The film is produced by SR Prakash Babu and SR Prabhu of Dream Warrior Pictures. Amala Akkineni, Ritu Varma, Ramesh Thilak, Sathish, and a few more prominent actors are a part of this star cast.
Adi (Sharwanand) is a talented musician but succumbs to an inevitable problem of performing before the crowd. The inception of this issue dates back to a traumatic incident in his childhood when he loses his mother in an accident. His only solace is his childhood friends (Ramesh Thilak and Sathish), who are his roommates now. Even if they have an issue in their lives and aren’t able to figure out a solution. When things aren’t going the easy way, Adi comes across a scientist (Nasser), whose several attempts at time travel have failed. The scientist gives an opportunity to Adi for time-travel that he can save his mother from the terrible accident, under the condition that he has to fulfill his personal demand. The friends get on a time travel and just as Adi is about to change the past, he comes across an unexpected encounter.
Time travel stories aren’t something new to Tamil audiences. Borrowing the concept from Hollywood tales, the first one to capture our interest was Indru Netru Naalai following which movies like 24 tried to explore this genre. Significantly, Kanam outperforms all these movies for not caring too much about this concept but just using it as a supporting factor. Thanks to director Shreekarthick for focusing on the main concept of emotions and bringing up a feel-good entertaining package. The initial moments of the movie might be offering you a slowed experience, but we are soon pulled into an engaging show with the arrival of actress Amala Akkineni. Sharwanand looks tailor-made for this role. He has always remained best when emoting with the right approach in his movies. Kanam explores his potential in a perfect manner. Ramesh Thilak and Sathish have given their best in nurturing their characters. Ritu Varma is good with her presence.
When it comes to the technical aspect, VFX works have been approached in a decent and efficient manner. Cinematography comes in handy in keeping the crème de la crème visuals retained throughout the movie. Although the songs might not be a takeaway, they don’t hamper the progression of the script anywhere.
Overall, Kanam brings up an entertaining show with feel-good elements and is worth a watch for its innovative approach to storytelling that amalgamates emotions.
Verdict: Kanam blends fantasy with an emotional package with the right dose of entertainment.