Not every web series that’s hitting the market needs to be a magnum opus, what it can at least do is to tell a story with clarity, even though it’s not a great one. With Kannamoochi, you don’t quite realise what it aims to be. It wants to be a namesake thriller probably, but the thrills barely work. It bunches up a mother-daughter drama, a child abuse-thread, a villain with a mysterious past and brief elements of horror into one project and doesn’t know what to do with it. The perplexed storytelling, hazy characterisation make for an unholy mess. But for the initial episode, intrigue is the last word you would want to associate with Kannamoochi.
The storyline is a simple one – a single mother Priya and daughter Aishu land up in an apartment whose sixth floor is supposedly haunted. A series of spooky and creepy incidents later, Aishu goes missing. Priya is on a relentless quest to find her daughter, only to be confronted by many mysterious truths about an abandoned flat and how they can have a say in her daughter Aishu’s future. Cops, a delivery boy and a housemaid stand by Priya’s side in the hour of crisis.
It’s hard to tell why a capable actor like Poorna had to opt for a mediocre show like this. There’s no other dimension to her character beyond the tense expression of a mom concerned about her daughter. The title named after the hide-and-seek game is justified in the series rather amateurishly. The director Avinash Hariharan appears to have little idea of generating tension within a scene. The non-linear narrative doesn’t give the viewer much chance to invest in the character’s concerns emotionally.
The writer seems to have a fascination for creating characters with a disability. While the missing five-year-old daughter Aishu is hearing impaired, another character Balu is specially-abled. Do the disabilities have a say in the outcome of the series? Not quite. The least among the aspects that the showmakers should have taken stock of, is the horror dimension to the story. What’s a thriller without an element of tension and fear? Poorna’s earnest performance aside, it’s only Amzath Khan and to an extent, Vivek Prasanna who have reasonable screen presence. The other performances are generally poor and it has also got to do more with the fact that the character-establishment is very weak beyond the lead cast.
The flashback is very poorly written – the maker doesn’t do much to infuse any visual flair to the subplot either. The filmmaking is appallingly casual. The non-linear execution has become an excuse for filmmakers to tell stories in bits and pieces, going back and forth sans any emotion. Beyond the emotion too, the narrative is pointlessly convoluted and the ending, too simplistic. The makers could have consciously avoided filming the ‘act’ in the sequences revolving around child abuse – the result is largely disturbing.
Kannamoochi in terms of length (narrated under two hours) may have been just fine, but the story lacks any emotional impact or even basic detailing in the subplots to impress. Cramming an ordinary story amid a thumping background score, there’s barely anything you could root for. Tamil filmmakers have a long way to go before they achieve consistency in the digital space. The show ends up being another failed, dull experiment.