Mani Ratnam, one of the most admired and revered filmmakers of our times, is back with Kadal, which marks the debut of Gautham Karthik, the son of yesteryear actor Karthik, and Thulasi Nair, the daughter of sensational actress Radha. This film also has Arjun Sarja and Arvind Swamy, who is returning to acting after four years, in the important roles.
His last film Raavanan was not appreciated by media and
his fans. Even though the film got thumbs up for the performance of
the cast and crew, the film fell flat due to the unimpressive
storyline. However, it hardly matters to the film goers as people
are well-aware of his capability. Indeed, the audience often
expects masterpiece kind of products from him.
Will Kadal be yet another landmark film? Is the film a
perfect launchpad for the star kids? Has it entirely met the
expectations of the audience? Read on for the review to find
Kadal is all about good versus evil. It is a war
between two characters, who have contradicting thoughts and beliefs
and ultimately good will prevail over evil. The story begins with
Berman (Arjun Sarja) challenging Sam Fernando of teaching him a
lesson, after the latter was asked to leave from an institution for
committing a mistake.
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Then, Sam Fernando turns a priest and comes to a fishing hamlet to revive a church, which is in dilapidated state. It comes to the place where people have least respect towards the religion. He gradually wins the trust of the people and turns guru to Thomas (Gautham Karthik), a mischievous kid. Suddenly, Berman enters the picture with several wounds on his body. Sam saves his life and Berman expresses his wish to meet his lover played by Lakshmi Manchu.
The story takes a twist here and the father sees himself behind the bars due to Berman's cunning tricks. At this juncture, Berman woos Thomas, who is in love with Beatrice played by Thulasi Nair, pulls Thomas to his side and what happens next should be seen on-screen.
The story of Kadal is good and has a good message. The
film also tells you to be morally correct. In fact, the experience
of watching the film is like reading a novel. It is a serious film
without the comedy element. However, the screenplay fails to keep
you engaged. The slow narration and the length of the film could
play a spoilsport.
The stars of the film are Arvind Swamy and Arjun Sarja, who have
given splendid performances. Gautham Karthik has got a good
launchpad and is outstanding in his role. His innocent expressions
and the ability to fight and dance make us to believe that he is a
promising actor. Thulasi is charming at parts but she could have
done a better job.
Like Mani's earlier films, the cinematography is surreal,
grandiose and simply overwhelming. Rajiv Menon's cinematography is
exceptional and the spectacular locales are a visual treat.
Kadal has quite a few enjoyable songs. 'Adiye...', 'Elay
keechan...' and 'Moongil thottam...' are our picks but the album is
not Rahman's best. However, the background score is
The fights in the film is realistic and songs picturisation is
excellent. Last but not least, Mani Ratnam has to be appreciated
for bringing out the best from his technical team once again but
has to be blamed for failing to keep it an engaging affair.
Verdict: Kadal might impress you if
you are a bookworm!