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Kaadu begins promisingly with debutant director Stalin Ramalingam deciding to dedicate this film to social activists, environmentalists and forest officers who work hard to safeguard forests and its resources in the beginning of the movie itself. Unfortunately Kaadu fails to invoke any kind of sympathy or feelings towards the characters shown in the movie. Also, irrelevant scenes which are put together to form a single movie will attract negative reviews from both viewers as well as from critics.
Two friends with two distinctive characteristics live in a remote place in Dharmapuri district. One is innocent and wants to safeguard the forest while the other gives importance to monetary pleasures and has an eye on the post of a forest officer and would not hesitate to take a wrong path to acquire it. The one with good intentions gets tricked and lands up in jail after his evil friend smuggles sandalwood and places the blame on his friend (Vidharth) so that he doesn't miss out on an opportunity to get the job of a forest officer which is also his dream.
The opportunistic friend goes on to become a forest officer while Vidharth helplessly spends his days in jail. Vidharth then learns that his friend is on a looting spree depleting forest's natural wealth for his own greedy needs and repents his mistake. How he becomes a revolutionist and saves the forest from his evil friend forms the rest of the story.
Performance And Technicalities:
Apart from Vidharth and Samuthirakani no one else has come up with impressive performances. Thambi Ramaiah and Singam Puli have tried to evoke laughter but are not successful in all occasions.
The movie's biggest plus is its music director K, who has lifted even an ordinary scene with his brilliant background score. Cinematographer Mahendran Jayraj has done a fantastic job and his efforts are clearly visible. Screenplay is the biggest weakness as the director gives an impression that he himself is confused on how to go about the next scene.
Overall Kaadu is an ambitious project with an impressive idea but unfortunately the film fails to bring out the story's actual potential with some poor screenplay and narration. The film also has some logical loopholes making it a honest attempt gone horribly wrong.