Production: Lyca Productions Cast: Hareesh Peradi, Motta Rajendran, Nayanthara, Saranya Ponvannan, Yogi Babu Direction: Nelson Dilipkumar Screenplay:Nelson Dilipkumar Story: Nelson Dilipkumar Music: Anirudh Ravichander Background score: Anirudh Ravichander
Kolamaavu Kokila aka Coco is an out and out Nayanthara film laced with black comedy. Director Nelson has made a bold script-driven female-centric film which, at the same time, is within the confines of the brand of Nayanthara, the ‘Lady Superstar’. The leading lady and all the women characters here do things differently from mainstream films and their actions are justified, owing to the circumstances in the plot.
Kokila belongs to a middle class family which comprises of dad Pandi (RS Sivaji) — an ATM security personnel, mom Vadivu (Saranya Ponvannan) — a housewife, and college-going younger sister Shobi (Jacqueline). All goes well until one day Vadivu is diagnosed with lung cancer. Now, Kokila needs huge money (Rs 15 lakhs) for her mom’s treatment. While her attempts to raise money prove futile, she bumps into a drug smuggling mafia. When an opportunity strikes, she gets into the drug peddling business through which she can make quick bucks. Though she looks timid and has an innocent face, she is not the one who you think can be duped or victimized. If need arises, she would never hesitate to kill her detractors. How Kokila makes her clever moves and steers clear of the cunning criminals whilst threatening the cops and attain her goals forms the rest of KK.
It is Nayanthara all the way and she shines every bit. Due credit to debutant director Nelson for making her character so dynamic and organic. Nayan never even raises her voice nor performs any macho stunts; yet she brings out the mass moments with her effortless performance. Yogi Babu as Shekar, who falls for Kokila and proposes to her, brings the roof down with his hilarious lines. He is in full form. Despite her repetitive act, Saranya does manage to impress. Motta Rajhendran is also there. Other supporting cast including Saravanan, Anbudasan (LK), Retin (Tony), Anand (Anand), Aranthangi Nisha and Vadivel Balaji do their bit well.
There is a lot of quirky moments in this dark comedy and much of the hilarity comes from unexpected instants. The first half is entertaining with the director sticking to his genre, treating even the darkest situations with humor. However, in the second half, the film meanders a bit without any solid comic relief and the climax is also unconvincing.
There is some attractive lighting in accordance with some interesting frames and Sivakumar Vijayan, the cinematographer can be credited for the same. Nirmal Kumar’s edits are passable. Coming to the star of the moment.. rather, superstar of the moment, Nayanthara is a treat to watch on screen. She underplays her character with elegance and proves her expertise and experience with ease. Even her slightest of reactions are appealing and with a contrasting performance from her recent films, she is sure to grab the limelight.
Now, for those of you who thought this film doesn’t have a hero, here’s your answer. There most definitely is one! Anirudh Ravichander continues to demonstrate as to why he is a rockstar! The songs have already been chart toppers, and his BGM score is a sure shot winner. He sticks to Spanish mafia-ish, Narcos-esque scores that fall right into the mood of the film. A special shout-out for the placement of Gun-in Kadhal song and Vignesh ShivN’s lyrics. It effortlessly hits the high note!