Starring: Raghava Lawrence,Lakshmi Rai,Sriman,Devan,Manobala,Babu Antony,Kovai Sarala,Devadarshini,Sarath Kumar and others
Director: Lawrence Raghavendra
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Raghava (Lawrence) is a happy go lucky guy living with his brother (Sriman), sister-in-law (Mano Bala) and mother (Kovai Sarala). He has the weakness of being scared of darkness, evil stories and ghosts. On the other hand, Raghava’s younger sister-in-law (Lakshmi Rai), a model comes to his home and they fall for each other. Raghava is a cricketer and while searching for a ground in this regard, he reaches a new place where all the problems start from. He unknowingly brings a family of three ghost spirits to home. All of a sudden, Raghava starts behaving like a woman wearing girl accessories and saris. Distressed with his behavior, his mother calls a Muslim peer Sahib in Dargah to see if he is possessed by any evil spirit? What does the man do? How the evil spirits leave Raghava’s body and who is Kanchana forms the rest.
Lawrence performed the role of Raghava with ease which is similar to his regular mass roles while he scored average marks in essaying the distinct and horror filled Kanchana role. He could have worked a bit more in the emotional scenes as multiple personality. Lakshmi Rai was limited to songs and has nothing much for performance. Sarath Kumar gave a powerful performance. Simran is okay but Kovai Sarala is loud and irritating. Devan is acceptable.
Story and script work of Kanchana is similar to Muni and Lawrence made minor changes by involving few thrilling scenes in the film so as to raise the anxiety factor in the audiences. Dialogues in the film are ok but misses the lip sync. Lawrence should have taken care on this department as it is a dubbed film. Music by Thaman sounds below average and we find no song noteworthy to recollect. The background score is loud at times. Cinematography is definitely a plus for the film and so is VFX and CGI works. Production values of Bellamkonda Suresh are mediocre.
Kanchana is almost similar to Muni in terms of story but Lawrence has taken up a social issue of Hijras in the sequel. The first half of the film has no story and instead packed with painful comedy scenes of Kowai Sarala, Lawrence and Mano Bala, which are loud that tests your patience. The real story of Kanchana starts only in the second half while interval bang was good. The movie picks its momentum with Sarath Kumar’s entry while the climax was once again regular. On the flip side, Kanchana has more of Tamil flavor that will not appeal to all sections of Telugu audiences. Overall, the film has its own thrilling moments. Kanchana will go well with the B & C center audiences. Bellamkonda has already earned profits for this horror genre film and at the Box-Office, he can expect more profits as the Telugu rights of the film were acquired for just 1.5 crores.
Kanchana might appeal to B & C Center audiences along with horror flick lovers.