The digital medium is a democratic space to discuss topics that are conveniently brushed under the carpet or considered taboo. Kill Bill Kaadhal, Sony LIV's latest Telugu original, is set in a similar space, but not treated with the maturity it deserves to be. The narrative, a dramedy surrounding an incestuous relationship in a family based in Vijayawada, is amateurishly filmed and worse, let down by poor lead cast that has little clue of the sensitivity desired for the subject. The series works reasonably well when it's treated as a comedy but comes down crashing when the tone shifts to an emotional drama.
Suhas and Maggi are two close siblings who stay away from their parents. While Suhas is a wastrel who has a crush for his neighbour Nithya, their equation complicates when Suhas' father (Sriram) asks Nithya to stay with his children in the house. Meanwhile, Suhas' mom Devi makes a surprise visit to India for a get-together and misunderstands the relationship between Nithya and Suhas. Maggi's relationship with her boss hits a roadblock when she reveals a piece of important news to him. What is it? Where's the relationship between Nithya and Suhas headed? Kill Bill Kaadhal settles for easy answers and there are hardly any surprises in store.
The character establishment of the lead protagonist Suhas has got to be one of the biggest problems with the series. There's no clue why he's always wiling away time watching porn at his home sans a job while his elder sister is slugging it out at her workplace. His equation with a chat-shop owner is rather strange where the two bond over their mutual liking for porn. There's no link that this thread has in the plot too. He merely chases Nithya to accept his love proposal and there's no character trait in Suhas that makes a viewer root for him. While the other characters, the parents, the sister and Nithya have some basis for their roles, Suhas' vague characterisation and an emotionless performance by Vinod Varma (who plays Suhas) nullifies any good thing that happens in the series.
Besides, the writing in Kill Bill Kaadhal is weak and most episodes don't create any intrigue at all. While the idea of the series is promising, there's no effort to bring conviction to the character arcs. Instead of the focus on porn and astrology, the director could have invested his time in establishing the backstories of his characters with more clarity. For instance, there's no significant reason as to why the parents of the protagonists stay abroad while their children reside in India. The reconciliation about the father's extra-marital affair, the equation between Maggi and the boss aren't given the emotional value they deserve.
The screenplay goes on a snooze-fest mode until the latter half, the ending is way too simplistic and the acting doesn't hold your interest. Popular short film actress Gnaneswari Kandregula and character artiste Lakshmi Vasudevan are the only ones to show some spunk in their performances amid all the mediocrity. There are serious sync issues with the dialogues, especially with portions involving actor Shwetha Shekar.
The series is mounted on a reasonable scale, boasts of decent cinematography while the background score is strictly okayish. Sadly, there's no glue to hold these efforts together. Mounish Dandamudi's direction works better than his writing. He has a flair for comedy and provided he streamlines his strengths in his upcoming efforts, here's a talent to watch out for. However, Kill Bill Kaadhal isn't the series he'd be proud of. Give this one a miss!