The film narrates an unhurried tale of a small-time, self-respecting thug and a girl who is desperate for a new job after being laid off by her previous company. While the former is without purpose and just wishes to become a bar owner one day, the latter is very determined to get going in life. It isn't the instant romance kind, and in fact, only in the end, after quite a lot has happened, does romance come into the fray.
Vijay Sethupathi is in a tried and tested space, playing this 'sirippu rowdy' role which reminds us of his previous hits. But he pulls it off again with an uninhibited performance and his trademark dialog delivery. The scenes in the 2nd half when he sports a suit and in the final interview when he makes some time for Madonna, are really entertaining and earn good response from the audience. The film does become dramatic towards the end, before the quintessential happy finale. If Vijay Sethupathi keeps mixing up these kind of familiar roles with some different attempts, then the audiences won't complain.
Despite an overwhelming entertainer like Vijay Sethupathi by her side, pretty Madonna Sebastian has a confident, dignified outing. She may just be the next big 'girl next door' in Tamil cinema. The lead pair takes center stage in most of the scenes, and other actors like Samuthirakani (in a fleeting negative role) don't get much of a platform to perform.
Santhosh Narayanan's songs are nicely used as montages, with the hit 'Ka Ka Ka Po' track being the only choreographed number. His re-recording orchestrations are classy, his choice of music for some of the moody, tense moments is unique and he has aptly used a few of his earlier BGM themes for the film.
KKP is definitely on the slower side, and it isn't the one to offer edge of the seat thrills to the viewers. You have to experience the journey along with the lead pair. But, it isn't a drag as there are plenty of charming, fun moments between the lead pair. The already popular 'Eskimo naai' scene is being celebrated in theaters while the lead pair's drinking session and scenes in the rain are highlights too. There is also a good side track involving Vijay Sethupathi and a youngster in his gang, where Vijay Sethupathi is protective of the junior and guides him in the right path.
The film is mostly shot in live, real locations by Dinesh Krishnan and he makes it engaging for the viewers. To sum up, director Nalan follows up his cult dark comedy hit Soodhu Kavvum with a largely enjoyable Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum, which stands out from the regular rom-coms. A leisurely outing guaranteed ...