Kalakalappu is a milestone film for Sundar C as it is his 25th directorial venture. The filmmaker had temporarily put direction on the backburner as he concentrated on acting, albeit with mixed success.He had said during the audio launch of the movie that it felt great to be back helming a movie again and described it as a ‘homecoming’ of sorts.
Kalakalappu is multi-starrer and has on cast a few actors who are ruling the roost now including Santhanam, Vimal and Anjali.
With a rather formidable cast, he does succeed in coming up with a quality entertainer despite a rather thin storyline. It is the flamboyant presence of Santhanam that does lift the movie to a great extent. The film is about a how two brothers go about life and how their contrasting characters lead them into quirky situations is the crux. With a lot of focus on comedy, the movie does end as an interesting package.
The film is set in Kumbakonam where Seenu (Vimal) runs an eatery that has fallen into hard times but keeps it going in an effort to continue the ancestral tradition.
He is grateful to an elderly chef and his grand-daughter Maya (Oviya) for keeping the restaurant functional.
However, there is a catch. The new Health inspector Madhavi (Anjali) is bent upon having the restaurant closed as she feels it is way below standards as far as hygiene and quality go. Even as she tries to go about her job, she somehow falls for the honest Seenu.
Enters Seenu’s brother (‘Mirchi’ Shiva), a con-man, who adds to the confusion and also begins to love Maya.
The story moves ahead and the two couples have their romantic interludes too, but there is a bump when the two brothers are caught in a missing diamonds case and all hell breaks loose as the bungling police official (John Vijay) takes over. There are the usual twists and turns as the knots are untangled.