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Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu Movie Review, Rating

- 2/5
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What Is Good

  • Karthi
  • Sathyaraj
  • Cinematography

What Is Bad

  • Mega Serial feel
  • Heavy melodrama
  • Preachy dialogues
  • Predictable screenplay
  • Heroines
Bottom Line: This lion neither roars nor does it attack. Karthi yet again lets down by a pathetic, cliched screenplay.


Karthi, who was last seen in the cop thriller Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, based on real-life incidents, returns to the silver screen, this time in a rural avatar, with a family entertainer. directed by proven clean entertainer maker Pandiraj, in Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu. Here's team AP Herald's Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu review.

Thunaisingam(Karthi) is the son of village head Ranasingam (Sathyaraj) living with his two wives, 5 daughters, and he's leading a peaceful life. Thunaisingam gets into a tussle with Shatru, and his life runs into trouble after there's opposition from his family for marrying his love interest played by Sayyeshaa. Shatru makes use of Thunaisingam's own family members to get him killed and creates a Rift in the family. Whether Thunaisingam was able to unite his big beautiful family and marry his love is what Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu is all about.

Star Performance

Karthi is back to doing what he's best at, as he has proven himself as a pro when it comes to playing village hero roles, with movies like his debut Paruthi veeran, or the rustic Komban, and continues the same in Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu. As the family's most loved son Thunaisingam, Karthi does a cakewalk, emoting perfectly, dancing gracefully, and excelling in sentimental sequences.

Sathyaraj proves that he's a veteran, with his subtle act as Ranasingam, and excels in his combination scenes with Karthi and Bhanupriya.  Sayyeshaa gets her expressions right in few scenes, while her lip sync is a matter of concern. Bhanupriya and Viji Chandrasekhar are fine, while the rest of the cast including Arthana Binu, Soundararaja, Mounika, Ponvannan are adequate. Soori irritates in the name of comedy, rather than evoking laughs.

Techinical Team

Background score by D Imman is pleasant, while of his songs, Thandora Kannale, Sandakaari passes the muster, while the rest of the songs aren't worthy enough. Velraj's cinematography captures the rustic milieu perfectly, and the highlights being the Rekla race and the fight sequences.  Ruben's editing could have been taut as the movie drags big time.

Known for his rural flicks like Pasanga, Vamsam etc, Pandiraj's last 3 attempts, Pasanga 2, Kathakali and Idhu Namma Aalu have been disastrous outings, and this time around, the director has once again reached his comfort zone of a village-based family flick.  Only that Pandiraj has been extremely lethargic in his writing, taking the audience for granted, with a beaten to death plot, and a cliched screenplay, that tests the senses and patience of the audience.  


All characters including Karthi's character are poorly written, preventing the audience from getting an emotional connect. The villain Shatru is ineffective, and his sequences and the unwarranted fight scenes in the movie, impact the pace of the already dragging movie, besides, the poor song placements also have an impact.

While the first half moves pointlessly without getting to the core theme, the second half drags big time, ending as a mindless movie camouflaging as a so-called family entertainer. All said, Kadaikutty Singam is what happens when a maker forgets his craft and tries to capitalize on star power alone and fails big time.

Cast & Crew

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