A love-lie takes a turn and becomes the truth
opens with the usuals such as love at first sight and attempts to impress his lady love. Situations and sequences put together from various other tamil movies means that there is nothing interesting. Though the first half closes with a small twist, the screenplay justifies the same as a dream sequence in the latter half. This trend of the dream sequences continue, leaving an irritating effect on the audience. In the end, we have a movie that runs too long with no interesting elements. Lack of logic is another pain.
The only compromise for Kandaen could be in the form of Santhanam, whose performance is impressive. He has delivered the giggles with his usual timing dialogues, and no wonder that he has equal screen space when compared to Shanthnoo.
Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj's performance is average, but when comparing to his earlier movies, he has performed well. His onscreen appearance suits him, and he has scored well in the stunt and dance sequences. He could have done better in the romance and comedy, which were the main theme of the movie.
Rashmi Gautam looks like a modern city girl, but her characterization seems to change scene by scene, which makes the overall effort look poor. She has however delivered the goods when it comes to dance and glamor. Ashish Vidyarthi and Vijayakumar have not been given fair screen space.
Kandaen has scored well in the technical aspects. Vijay Ebenezer 's music is good. The song unnai kandaney
stands out and is very catchy with colorful and rich cinematography by Prashanth D'Misale . Editing has also helped the movie pace itself.
Overall, Director A.C. Mugil fails to impress with his maiden venture. A familiar script seen in yesteryear movies, meaningless sequences, lack in continuity, logical issues and an empty climax makes Kandaen a major disappointment, a clear Can't Watch!