Kousalya Krishnamurthy Review

2.5/5
2 Hr 29 Mi | Sports | Drama | 2019-08-23
CAST

Aishwarya Rajesh, Rajendra Prasad, Siva Karthikeyan, Jhansi and Others

Director - Bheemaneni Srinivasarao
Producer - KA Vallabha
Banner - Creative Commercials
Music - Dhibu Ninan Thomas

Kousalya Krishnamurthy is a remake of Tamil sports drama Kanaa. Aishwarya Rajesh who played the lead role in the original has been repeated here and Siva Karthikeyan's portion from the original has been cut and paste.

What is it about?

Kousalya (Aishwarya) wants to make her cricket loving father (Rajendra Prasad) happy by playing for Team India. Being a female it is not an easy journey for Kousalya to fulfill her dreams. How Kousalya's burning desire keeps her going forward forms the crux of the story.

Performances:

Aishwarya Rajesh is believable as a cricketer. Her makeup and styling is spot on and she can emote well which comes handy in making emotional scenes work. Rajendra Prasad is good in a highly emotional role. Jhansi did her bit as his wife. Siva Karthikeyan's episode was simply cut and pasted from the original. His role is reminiscent of Shahrukh in Chak De. There's not much to write about other actors including Vennela Kishore.

Technicalities:
        
Bheemaneni Srinivasa Rao known for successful remakes couldn't make this routine sports drama into an engaging tale. Never does the movie seems interesting and the predictability makes it a tedious watch. The direction is good in a couple of emotional scenes though.

None of the songs are catchy and the background score is average. Cinematography is decent, but the editing is tiresome with oft repeated scenes and sequences. Producers could have signed up a known Telugu actor for Siva Karthikeyan's role than simply using the footage from the original.

Thumbs Up:

Asihwarya's performance

Emotional ending

Thumbs Down:

Predictable story

Uninteresting narrative

Boring cricket episodes

Runtime

Analysis:

Kousalya Krishnamurthy is a typical sports drama with hardly anything fresh to offer. A little girl dreams of becoming a cricketer for the sake of her father, but the general belief is that the game is not meant for girls. With no girls coming forward to form a team, Kousalya had to play with the boys. She takes up spin bowling and hopes for a place in Team India. This journey from an ordinary village girl to an international cricketer doesn't seem engaging at any point of time. Even the hurdles that she faces in her pursuit are predictable and yawn-inducing.

The director also must be aware of the lack of drama with the sports angle, which is why there is a parallel track about the plight of farmers in India. Even this track is full of cliches and overdramatic dialogue. There is a character that secretly admires Kousalya and in spite of so much screen time that doesn't add anything to the drama. The film is unnecessarily dragged at many places and still spares a plenty of time for the final portion filled with cricket matches.

Siva Karthikeyan's character and the arrogant ladies in the women cricket team is a rip off of Chak De India's plot. Cricket matches go on and on in spite of the predictable ending. Too much melodrama tests our patience in the pre climatic episodes. Only thing that stands about Kousalya Krishnamurthy is the earnest performances of Aishwarya Rajesh and Rajendra Prasad. Even the suckers for sports drama will be left disappointed and severely bored with this part sports drama part farming drama.

Kousalya Krishnamurthy didn't make any buzz prior to its release and probably wouldn't make much buzz while it lasts in the theaters. This will soon head back to the pavilion.

Verdict: Copycat Kaushalya!