With precision and conviction, director GNR Kumaravelan has poignantly narrated one of the best father-son relationships on screen. Out of a handful of films dealing about human disabilities, Haridas undoubtedly tops the list for not being preachy.
It addresses a rapidly growing domestic issue with subtlety and unparalleled sensitivity. One might not find this film entertaining but it's unlikely to find reasons to hate it either.
Sivadas, a fearless cop on a mission inching closer to nabbing local rowdy Aadhi, is forced to leave the mission after he takes custody of his autistic son, Haridas, due to an unfortunate event. While the rest of the students of his age are school-goers and can speak fluently, Haridas still finds it extremely difficult to mouth a single word.
With great difficulty, the eight-year old boy is admitted to a school for normal kids. Amudhavalli, a teacher specialised in dealing with special children, is handed over the responsibility of Haridas. Over a period of time, he and his teacher develop a relationship beyond understanding.
Meanwhile, a visit to the doctor reveals that Haridas is not a disabled child but a special one who needs care and affection more than sympathy. As the father spends every passing minute with his son, he comes to learn about what he likes the most. What did the father discover and how does he help his son realise his dreams? This forms the rest of the story.
Never in its entire running time does Haridas attempt to manipulate its characters under false pretext. It doesn't emotionally hijack the audiences with its narrative, but allows one and all to slip into the skin of the character Sivadas, played by Kishore.
The film brings to the fore a simple question - If you were a father of a similar child, what would you do? The answer to this question is in the film and the brilliance with which it is answered needs to be appreciated. Continue reading the review on the slideshow...