Director: Manoj Beedha
Cast: Santhanam, Riya Suman, Pugazh, Redin Kingsley, Munishkanth, Bhargav Polara
Bigger budgets and the involvement of more established technicians have surely made the Tamil remake of Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya (2019) a very different film. If the original overflowed with an indie spirit (director Manoj Beedha’s Vanjagar Ulagam (2018) was loaded with it) that urged its viewers to pick the film’s side, Agent Kannayiram arrives with more sophistication and polish. It’s not the kind of frame-to-frame remake you might expect when the original is as much a plot-heavy thriller as it was a comedy. To accommodate Santhanam’s comedic style and a set of supporting characters that suit this brand, the film further modifies itself, pushing it away from the charms of the original.