Aishwarya Rajesh shines in this realistic sports drama
Kousalya Murugesan (Aishwarya Rajesh) hails from an economically backward family where her parents Murugesan and his wife are farmers. Her father is what we call a cricket maniac and gets high by seeing India playing. Kousalya thinks she could make her father happy by representing India in Cricket World Cup finals.
She starts working towards the goal with grit and determination but she faces setback due to lack of training and monetary issues as well.
Meanwhile, Murugesan is pushed to an extent because his crops are destroyed due to water crisis. How Kousalya and Murugesan beat all these odds to taste victory and bring their family out of monetary crisis forms the story of Kanaa.
Aishwarya Rajesh as a poverty-stricken girl and a top-class off spin bowler has just worked hard to be realistic on-screen. She is just perfect with her subtle expressions and emotes extreme well in emotional sequences.
For a nuanced actor like Sathyaraj, this role is like an icing on the cake. He just makes the experience of watching Kanaa enjoyable because of his nearly flawless acting.
Sivakarthikeyan appears as coach Nelson Dilipkumar in an extended cameo. In short span of time, he directs the Indian team for a victory and keeps the film taut without falling apart.
Director Arunraja Kamaraj has made a commendable début with Kanaa by delivering a sports drama with farming angle.
Right from the first frame, we get sucked into the life of Murugesan and Kousalya because of the setup and near perfect performances.
The director should be appreciated for etching Kousalya’s character who learns cricket among a group of guys who treat her as their equal.
Farmer and their suicide is a needful topic at this hour and hence by incorporating it in a sports drama will reach a wider audience.
The cricket matches shown in the film were shot brilliantly well and you feel like watching a live cricket match altogether.
Dhibu Ninan’s music and songs are a huge plus to the film as it is soothing and breezy to listen to.
The comedy track featuring newcomer Darshan and his two sidekicks do not offer much comic relief.
The dialogues in few places seem a little forced and it isn’t organic.
Though Kanaa isn’t our very own Chak De India, it has a lot to offer and has brilliant moments that would keep you engrossed in the story.