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Kaaviya Thalaivan

(U) (2014)


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28 Nov 2014
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Kaaviya Thalaivan Review

Kaaviya Thalaivan had created massive expectations as the genre of the film itself suggested that the movie will be very unique in an age of science fiction. The movie has already opened with positive reviews from fans.

The film is set in the early 20th century and is about two good friends played by Siddharth and Prithvi, who also happen to be theatre artistes.

Watch out for the dialogue between Siddharth and Nassar before the interval and the conversation between Siddharth and Prithviraj in the climax which are the highlights of this extraordinary film.

Vasanthabalan’s Kaaviya Thalaivan transposes the bare bones of Amadeus into the world of Tamil theatre in the pre-Independence period.

Kaaviya Thalaivan doesn’t come close to fulfilling its potential. For one, the period setting isn’t terribly convincing, despite a lot of nifty little touches.

There is no denying Vasanthabalan’s desire to make “good cinema,” but like his other films, Kaaviya Thalaivan makes us give him an A for effort, even as we rummage down the alphabet when it comes to aspects of the execution.

After the spectacular success of the National award-winning Veyil and Angaadi Theru, director Vasantha Balan came up with a period drama titled Aravaan, which wasn't a commercial success.

Nirav Shah’s camera, make up by Pattanam Rasheed and costumes by Perumal Selvam and Niranjani Agathiyan, of Paradesi fame, offer a ringside view into the lives of theater artists in the pre-Independence era.

The film is definitely worth a worth.

At the end of "Kaaviya Thalaivan", there's a side in you that wants to laud the effort of auteur G. Vasanthabalan, who has always strived to give us good cinema, especially for recreating a bygone era in grand style on screen. Then, there's another side that will ask why all his films with great potential don't get their due treatment.

You'd salute the effort that has gone into its making, but never the final product.

When fantasized notions take precedence over reality, the future may not be pretty. Kaaviya Thalaivan chronicles the lives of two dramatic troupes, led by two heavy headed men, Siddharth and Prithviraj. Certain events lead them to a path of forging their own manacles of their mind, thus giving rise to conflicts and downfalls.

This is an excellent movie straight from Balan’s heart although conflict may be painful; the painless solution doesn't exist in most cases. All said and done, the movie is worth a watch.

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