"Innathe choru, nalathe dosa, mattannalathe vada" - This used to be a common saying about the restaurants close to my college, which meant that today's leftover rice would be used for making the batter for dosa tomorrow, and the leftover batter would be used to make vada on the next day. To accompany the reincarnations of choru, they used to serve a tea which reminded us of the Flow of Life. A kind of thorthu mundu containing some tea leaves in the form of a kizhi, was squeezed into milk and water to make this tea, and this "tea bag" was reused for many days. Major Ravi's third film in his Major Mahadevan series, Kandahar is one in which he uses his "military masala" the fourth time. When he used it for the first time in Keerthichakra a few years back, it looked fresh and the film was a well-made one too. Later he made Mission 90 Days and Kurukshetra in the same formula, and the films were becoming increasingly stale but they were still watchable once. In Kandahar, the masala has started stinking.
Most of the first half of the film shows the story of Surya (played by Tamil actor Ganesh Venkataraman, the less said about his performance the better), son of Lokanath Sharma (Amitabh Bachchan), who joins the army, and a Malayalee youngster (played by a new comer who tries to make himself appear as angry and frustrated all the time) who joins a terrorist group in Afghanistan. The narrative and dialogues are so pathetic that it looked like parts of some boring mega serial coming on TV. Major Ravi himself acts as an instructor in the army school, as if he hasn't irritated us enough through his script and direction. Before watching the movie, I was hoping that it would be in the form of a thriller, showing the flight hijacking incident and the rescue operations by commandos. But these incidents are shown in just 10-15 minutes in the second half, and they are not well-executed either. In fact, those scenes are somewhat comic - in the end we see Major Mahadevan taking control of the aircraft, while the wounded pilot, who is lying in a corner of the cockpit, keeps on commenting "you are doing good.." etc.! Mohanlal repeats his Major Mahadevan character once again, and it just looks like an extended guest role in the film.
One essential Major Ravi ingredient was missing in this film - I was expecting some female media reporter to come on screen any moment and pester the hero with questions, only to blasted by him. Did Major forget to add this scene in Kandahar?