Strictly okayish performances and uninspiring technical aspects lead to a disappointing fare
Last Updated: 10.41 AM, May 06, 2022
A poster of the series
Story: The rift between two groups of the same class in Siragugal Matriculation Higher Secondary School escalates even as the institution is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The school correspondent is slightly relieved after he gets assurance from a few teachers that they would put in more effort as the institution's future looks bleak.
Review: The third set of episodes released by the makers of Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal, though marginally better than the episodes which were dropped last week, is nowhere close to its first season. The plot is moving at a slow pace with a few interesting happenings here and there, but the lack of wow moments spoil the overall experience.
The eighth to tenth episodes which are out now revolve around the same conflicts which were there in the initial episodes as well. It is the performances of a few actors which makes the show a bearable one.
Ray of Hope
The eighth episode begins with the school management, including the correspondent, seen brainstorming ideas to escalate the reputation of the school to stop the government from taking stringent action against the institution. They decide to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school, though the principal and a couple of others have other ideas.
Meanwhile, Kalai's classmates get to know that he is working part-time in a restaurant and start pulling his legs. A calm and composed Kalai ignores their belittling remarks and focuses on the school celebrations as he has been chosen to helm the affairs.
The Last Hope
Kalai, who finds it difficult to let go of his past, gets the shock of his life when the owner of the restaurant where he works, asks him to quit the job immediately. Though he manages to convince his helplessness, he understands that he is on the verge of losing his source of income soon.
Gautham, the leader of the group which dislikes Kalai, develops a soft corner for Nandhini after she faces insults from their teacher for her poor English. She even tries to impress her by helping her in a few ways, but Nandhini politely rejects his help.
In an unexpected turn of events, Kalai is accused of stealing the costly ornament of one of her classmates. Though he expresses his innocence, he eventually confesses to have committed the offence when school teachers threatened to inform the police.
This behaviour of Kalai, the assistant class leader, stuns everyone, especially at a time when he is in the charge of organizing school anniversary celebrations.
Irfan, who made heads turn in the first season of the series, makes a surprise entry towards the end of the tenth episode as a teacher who is loved by small children. His unexpected entry is the only saving grace among all the three episodes which were dropped today.
Some of the sequences and their staging appear repetitive, leading to lack of interest among the viewers. The attempts to create laughs with a few characters are futile. The unimpressive background score and okayish technical aspects, too, disappoint fans who thoroughly enjoyed the first season.
Verdict: Yet another below par outing from the makers, thanks to lack of novel ideas, repetitive sequences and uninspiring performances.
Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.