Production: Sivakarthikeyan Productions Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Darshan, Ilavarasu, Sathya NJ, Sathyaraj, Sivakarthikeyan Direction: Arunraja Kamaraj Screenplay: Arunraja Kamaraj Story: Arunraja Kamaraj Music: Dhibu Ninan Thomas Background score: Dhibu Ninan Thomas
The daughter of a farmer aspires to become an international cricketer, so that she can put a smile on her cricket-loving father’s face by helping the country win.
Kanaa and Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal have so much in common in terms of the issues they address. Both are coming-of-age sports dramas that feature protagonists who come from a farming family. If only Kanaa didn’t try to dwell too much upon the farming angle and instead focused on the story of an underdog and cricket, it could’ve worked wonders. Nevertheless, Kanaa is a promising sports drama that’s elevated by Aishwarya Rajesh’s stand-out performance as Kousalya aka Kousi, who aspires to become an international cricketer, so that she can put a smile on her cricket-loving father’s face and never let India lose another match.
Kousi’s journey to play cricket and represent India is inspiring and beautifully portrayed. From a young girl who watches and learns cricket from the older boys of her village to bowling the decisive super over in a World Cup semifinal game; Kanaa is packed with several crowd-pleasing moments that are relatable and make us root for Kousi, who is brought to life by Aishwarya in a memorable role. Beneath the sports angle, there’s a strong message about women empowerment and it gets translated on screen in the most hard-hitting fashion. The film talks a lot about the general mentality of men and how judgmental they get about women and their career choices. It’s really commendable that a male director chose to address this mindset so openly.
Kanaa sees Aishwarya Rajesh portraying the role of a cricketer; Sathyaraj, a farmer; and Sivakarthikeyan, a cricket coach. The 3 characters have their own sub-plots and the way the director has drawn parallels to all the 3 stories is something to be applauded. His writing and the packaging of the story is fantastic. Depicting the real problems that a female sportsperson faces such as the ones related to the menstrual cycle and pressure from the society shows the maturity of the director.
The only drawback is the predictability of the story. For a very long time, every sports drama film we see fits into a template. Unfortunately, this one too looks similar, but there is a small twist in the climax and the film could have ended right before that to avoid some cliched thoughts as the film has already conveyed what it wanted to say.
Nevertheless, watch this to see the ‘Kanaa’ of so many people come to life. The movie has a lot of inspiring portions.amil cinema hasn’t really milked sports as a genre. Kanaa is a step up in that direction and despite its flaws, it makes for an engaging watch, provided one ignores the highly melodramatic farming angle. Arunraja Kamaraj tries to hit two birds with one stone, and unfortunately, he doesn’t quite hit it right.