Vanaja (Radha Ramachandra) and Mahabala Shetty (Prabhakar Kunder) are very happy upon hearing that their grandson, Sumanth (Abhilash Shetty) is coming for a visit. They want everything to be perfect and despite modern conveniences like mobile phones, motorbikes and satellite dishes, they’re still very much rooted in the traditions of India.
Sumanth comes to them with a warm welcome and gets involved in the process of making his favourite dish. However, when the chickens go missing for the curry, then a series of events lead grandfather and grandson to hunt them down.
Koli Taal (otherwise known as The Chicken Curry) is a feelgood comedy written and directed by Abhilash Shetty in his feature debut. The kind of film that an audience may not expect from India, Koli Taal instead talks about the differences between the modern and the traditional and the natural blending of the two.
A subtle comedy, Koli Taal takes its time to tell its story, which may be a reflection on the way that Vanaja and Mahabala live their lives. Though those expecting the kind of Bollywood movie filled with glamour, energetic song and dance routines and even the occasional physics breaking stunt may be disappointed.
However, for those with patience and the capacity to think outside the box, Koli Taal offers something that feels more real and authentic to perhaps director Shetty’s own experiences. Saying that though there are certain things about it that may put the audience off. For example, as mentioned before the pacing is rather slow and considering film is barely ninety minutes long, it may take a while for the audience to settle in.
Although this does make for a refreshing change from an Indian film industry which is known for such a quick pace and a lively attitude to most of what they have to offer. At the end though, Koli Taal is meant to make audiences smile and perhaps to remind some of where they have come from.
The audience may even see a little of their own family life, no matter where they originate from and the themes of old and young make the film feel universal.
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