Quite naturally, the highlight of Moscowvin Kavery (U) is its splendid cinematography — helming the project is ace lens man Ravivarman. But the lacunae in other departments, viz., story, screenplay and direction, confound the viewer. Incidents hang in strands with no connection to one another. And, as cohesion is a casualty, the behaviour of the characters is almost quixotic.
Rahul’s name is Moscow and he falls for Kavery (Samantha). She reciprocates after a while but, for some strange reason, though they are ardently in love, live together and even buy a house, they never ever talk about legalising their relationship. Come to think of it, several segments in the story are strange. Kavery seems to bond reasonably well with her father (except for her shock when she witnesses a violent village scene involving her dad). Yet she goes away to live with her lover without even informing him about her whereabouts! If the message is that youngsters are impulsive and whimsical, it isn’t conveyed clearly. Lack of clarity in narration is a major drawback of MK.
Director Saravana Subbiah plays a cop. After an initial appearance, he re-surfaces only in the climax when you’ve almost forgotten him! Santhanam’s comedy track has nothing to do with the main line. Yet it emerges as a saving grace of the film.
If Rohini’s single scene attempt fizzles out without focus so does Seeman’s. Their sudden sermons only provide unintended humour and you end up feeling sorry for them!
New hero Rahul looks self-conscious at times but has appealing screen presence. As a performer it is imperative he works hard at honing his acting skill.
Eccentricity mars the character of Kavery. And Samantha, who has already had a couple of releases, tries to resuscitate a role that flounders hopelessly. Harsha is the handsome villain of MK. His underplay is effective but dialogue delivery lacks spontaneity. He begins well and looks menacing enough … sadly without purpose.
Scenes seem to have been chopped off without rationale making you wonder what the editor and director were up to. Thaman’s music score is nothing to write home about.
The metaphor involving two rivers is meek because the screenplay is weak. Wobbling, tripping, falling, and digressing most of the time, MK exasperates. Thankfully, it is not a lengthy feature — runs for just over 100 minutes.
Ravivarman is a wizard with the camera. That’s about it.
Cast: Rahul, Samantha, Harsha
Storyline: Honestly, nothing much …
Bottomline: Unbelievably disjointed …