What really works in favor of Sibiraj’s Kattapava Kaanom is the perpetual comic element sails throughout the film. Just like any other fantasy dark comedy, here too we have multiple characters, a simple story, whacky dialogues and lighthearted climax.
All through his life Pandian (Sibiraj) has been only waiting for the lady luck to smile at him, his dad tells him that only a girl whose name begins with the letter ‘C’ will brighten his career.
However, Pandian fall head over heels in love Meena (Aishwarya Rajesh), a happy-go-lucky girl and eventually marries her The couple struggles to lead a normal life as they are yet to financially settle down and that’s when Pandian’s school friend 'Surprise' Sheela (Chandini) presents them a lucky fish (Kattappa).
The couple makes a secret wish in front of the fish that they want one crore but they end up in a huge trouble as three strangers (Thirumurugan, Jaya Kumar, Kaali Venkat) house arrests them to know about the secret shared by a deceased man, who had hidden 4 crores looted money. The strangers also propose a deal that the couple can get one crore if they reveal the place where the money is hidden.
Meanwhile, Kattapa's owner Vanjaram (Mime Gopi), a bad mouthing local gangster, appoints a detective Sankara (Saravanan) to find the whereabouts of his precious fish. The rest of the film is all about how Pandian solve all these issues and comes out with flying colors!
As said earlier, the film’s biggest strength is director Mani Seiyon’s comic writing. To be honest, the film lacks grandeur and fast moving screenplay but several funny characters and comic elements entertain us till the end. Although Kaali Venkat’s one-liners bring the roof down, how censor board passed the film with ‘U’ certificate despite having abundant ‘A’ rated dialogues?
Sibiraj has improved a lot, he scores with his subtle expressions and in a few scenes, the actor reminds us his favorite hero ‘Ilayathalapathy Vijay’, especially in the combination sequences with the kid Monica. Unlike Kaaka Muttai and Dharma Durai, Aishwarya Rajesh doesn’t have great scope to performance in Kattapava Kaanomand she was just adequate. Kaali Venkat is a revelation in the film, he scores with each and every dialogue whereas ‘Mime’ Gopi also attracts with his uncanny performance.
Music composer Santhosh Dhayandhi’s Hey Penne song is hummable and his re-recording suited well for a fantasy black comedy while Anand Jeeva’s cinematography is strictly functional. The film’s runtime is 125 minutes, which is a major advantage as the team didn't include unnecessary songs and sequences.
Overall, Kattapava Kaanom is a decent fantasy comedy entertainer and it’s a harmless one time watch with family and friends.