Kadhal – Film in a song’s budget


ஒரு ந‌ல்ல‌ திரைப்ப‌ட‌ம் முடிந்த‌வுட‌ன் துவ‌ங்குகிற‌து ‍ ‍‍: ஒளிப்ப‌திவாள‌ர் செழிய‌ன்.

Do you know why Tamil kings built temple ? [ Review-la engadaa King-um Temple-um 🙂 ] One Discovery channel video of South Indian temples stated that Kings built temple to repent their sins of killing 1000s of people in the name of war and thus avoiding reincarnation. Shankar repented his sins of making stereotyped robin hood movies by producing his films under S pictures. [ eppadiyo join pannite 🙂 ]. Kadhal was produced in a budget, where normally Shankar shoots a song for his films ending in ‘N’ :). The good thing is that he marketed the movie well.

Almost, all films in Tamil deal with love but very few unfolds the view of the parent’s and the consequences of eloping away.

Film : Kadhal [ 2004 / Drama ]
Cast : Murugan, Aiswarya, Rajendran, Vellaiyan, Karattandi, Stepehen
Cinematography : Vijay Milton
Music : Joshua Sridhar
Written & Directed by : Balaji Sakthivel

Fine points

– Opening title sequences and the theme song [ Haricharan – just the words kadhal, humming and a guitar n flute ] was fabulous. Most of the camera work in the title is done as a candid work.
Murugan asks the same question to Aiswarya in different situations to reiterate that they know about what they do.
– Watch out for the minute detailing like ‘Singamle‘ in the Sumo of Rajendran, Aiswarya illam, wine shop, workshop, christian school.. even the director uses the lines written on the school wall, When they elope one more scooty is shown as some other pair started their love :).
– The beauty of the narration is all the faces are new and they fit just like a glove .. even with their voices. [ Enpaa.. Paapavuku oru Jigardhanda kudu..].
– The scene where the tiffin box and purse were about to meet by scooty’s vibration was a good metaphor whereas the tap symbol was an ugly metaphor.
– The body language of a mechanic , school girl, wine shop owner and almost all characters were awesome.
– The montage song ‘Dhandatti karuppayi‘ needs a special mention. I just depicts the happenings in a function happens in Madurai area. Drunk relatives, fight for a leg piece, playing cards, police officials attending the function, school friends accompanying her.. I like every inch of that song.

– The Karattandi character is new to Tamil cinema who is an assistant mechanic in the shed. Even when Murugan was about to say farewell silently, the boy pretends to get beating. When Murugan leaves, the boy runs and ends up in a confusion.. may be his work. That scene was poetic.

– Sandhya – She portrays the childish, rich school girl who happens to live between a poor lover and an affectionate family. Her brahmin friends perfectly matches a typical school friend who accompanies a gir almost everywhere.

– Joshua Sridhar.. He is one of the few debut music directors who makes an impact in the first film. The theme music is the most lovable one apart from Thottu thottu, Dhandatti karupaayi, Ivan dhaan.. The voices are fresh as flowers especially the humming of Shalini singh, Haricharan, Sruthi.
– In the first half, songs are used just like BGM and the audience don’t separate them. Also, he had used western music for a Madurai backdrop film and it worked out !
– The dialect was so new to Tamil people apart from Madurai/Dindugal area [ IndhaaruTharsaaiyuruve ].
– I would have happier if they ended the story like the girl’s father stops them while eloping, itself. Chennai segment [ 2nd half ] of the story is very weak by all means. The story looses its fine touch here.
– The story doesn’t have a Villain.. How can you call a father who looses his school-going daughter eloping with a mechanic ? The father character is accompanied by an one handed brother who traces this pair. The end leaves the movie to be thought about.
– Director portrays the time along with the school [ 10th exams, practical notebook ]. The technicians Vijay Milton, N.Muthukumar put a worthy effort.
-Toto.

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2 Responses

  1. Rajan says:

    I saw the film only once. But i remember the Jigardanda scene as well as the Dandatti – feast song, the Karattandi character,the one handed uncle, even the bespectacled skool friend of heroine,the angry Grand mother who provokes her son to find out the eloped couple.

    the 2 songs are my favourite-‘thottu, thottu’ and the Bus song.i was impressed with Hari charan, more so when i read that he was an engineering college student at that time.in fact Joshua sreedar could have come a full circle before Tharan, GV Prakash and James vasanthan, but he went astray due to his love affair.

    liked the chennai scenes too. i disagree with u in that. perhaps that is the difference between a C class mass viewer like me and the expert critical view of yours.

  2. Venkat says:

    Toto,

    I saw the movie and it was very good.

    Once again new actors have done a good job and you do not feel that you are watching a movie.

    I liked the Chennai scenes and the last 15 mins of the movie. Chennai scenes literally tell the practical aspects of managing the initial days and how difficult it can get.

    Chennai scenes are kind of a lesson for kids planning to elope to a distant city where they can live happily thereafter.

    Apparantly Actor Sivakumar advised to his son Surya when he wanted to marry Jyothika. "டேய், சினிமாவுல கல்யாணம் நடந்தா சுபம் கார்டு போட்ருவாங்க. வாழ்க்கையில அது தாண்டா ஆரம்பமே!"

    More than anyone – Sandhya has done a wonderful job in this movie. She has done better than the hero itself.

    Thanks

    Venkat

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