Kaattu, directed by Arun Kumar Aravind has hit the theatres today (October 13, 2017). It is after a break of 3 years that the film-maker is coming up with a film and expectations are definitely high on this venture.
Asif Ali and Murali Gopy play the lead roles in Kaattu. The film, which has been produced under the banner Karmayug Films has its script penned by Anantha Padmanabhan.
The story of Kaattu is set in a village near the Palakkad-Tamil Nadu border region and the movie takes us through the lives of a few people who work in a fire-cracker unit. Chellapan (Murali Gopy) is the prominent person among them. Nuhukannu (Asif Ali) is brought to the village by Chellappan and he gives him a job in the fire-cracker unit. Everything goes fine, until some misunderstandings crop up in the mind of Nuhukannu.
Read on to know how the cast and crew members of Kaattu have fared for the movie..
Director - Arun Kumar Aravind
Arun Kumar Aravind has tried out a genre, that is completely different from that of his previous movies. He takes the audiences back to the days of the 1960s and the 1970s. In fact, he has come out successful in depicting that particular time period on screen.
Kaattu has its story set in a premise which might not be that common for the present day audiences. But, Arun Kumar Aravind with his crafting pattern has made it more relatable.
He takes his own time to to bring in and detail each character of the movie. He has added some required commercial elements but not at the cost of the overall quality of the product. We see him narrating the tale in the best possible way..
Arun Kumar Aravind has made the best use of all the actors and the result could be seen on screen.
Script - Anantha Padmanabhan
Anantha Padmanabhan, son of writer and film-maker P Padmarajan has penned the screenplay for the film. The main characters of the movie are based on the short story Ranimarude Kudumbam, penned by P Padmarajan
He has etched his characters pretty well placing them in a story line which has its own uniqueness. The elements of love, revenge and traditions have been placed nicely in the storyline through well-written sequences. The dialogues written by Anantha Padmanabhan are particularly well. At the same time, some of the concepts penned by the writer may not be acceptable in the present day scenario.
Asif Ali As Nuhukkannu
Definitely, it is one of the best performances of Asif Ali. His intent to do such variety roles is commendable. He plays the role of Nuhukannu, a naive and sincere guy, who is only bright in his own areas. The actor is seen in an altogether new getup and has given a controlled performance without going overboard even in intense sequences and thus making Nuhukannu a believable character.
Murali Gopy As Chellappan
Murali Gopy essays a rustic character named Chellappan who has his own gang of friends. Once again, the actor has come up with a credible performance. He has done such characters in the past and he has put in that experience to the play. He steals the show with his powerful performance in some of the sequences.
The Leading Ladies
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar plays the role of Muthulaxmi, a girl of Tamil origin. The role suits her pretty well and she has portrayed the role to perfection. On the other hand, Manasa Radhakrishnan who has played the role of Ummukkulusu looked graceful in the film and definitely is an upcoming talent.
Rest Of The Cast
Kaattu also features Unni P. Dev, son of Rajan P Dev in an important role. The film has explored the acting talent in him and he is sure to get some big opportunities after this. Apart from him, Kaattu also features a host of new actors in important roles.
Kaattu has some brilliant frames by Prasanth Raveendran. He has captured some raw and real visuals which add the intensity to the sequences. Deepak Dev has done a commendable job with the BGM & Music. Editing by Arun Kumar Aravind is good but at the same time, he could have kept an eye on the running length of the film. Art department requires a huge round of applause for an excellent work.
First thing first, Kaattu has its story set in the 1970s and it deals with the lives, the traditions and the culture of those days. Hence, one should approach the film with such a mindset to experience and enjoy Kaattu.
Kaattu has some amazing performances and the intensity of the film grows as the movie progresses and we get to witness some raw and real characters, which are not a part of the today's society. It also shows us how the traditions of those days had affected the lives of the people.
At the same time, the film is slightly longer and defiinitely could have been trimmed down. Nevertheless, narrates what it intended to tell. Moreover, Kaattu is a good piece of art, which is a must watch.
Kaattu is a genuine attempt and is definitely a work that must be lauded. If you watch the film keeping in mind that the story of the film is set in 1970s, then you can surely enjoy Kaattu to the fullest.