Star-casts: Aarya, Pooja, Rajendran and others
Banner: Pyramid Saimira, Vasan Visual Creations
Story, Screenplay and Direction: Bala
Cinematography: Arthur A Wilson
Before you start reading this review, just glimpse through your memories whether have you seen any meaningful cinema? If so, ‘Naan Kadavul’ would be the best amongst them… Not just now, but forever. Oops! It was a great disaster watching the worst films on the screens with Chota Bacchas uttering punch dialogues and depicting heroisms. Watching Naan Kadavul is about something experiencing an unknown or unforeseen journey of two different worlds; those who consider themselves as God while for the other one it’s only God who can save them. One needn’t question why Bala took such a long time in making this film and everyone has the answer as they watch it.
A stupid father listening to the foretelling of astrologers abandons his son. The estranged son Rudhra (Aarya) grows amidst of Aghory Rishis who have no emotional concerns for Worldliness and relationships. Realizing his faulty nature, the father along with his daughter returns to Kasi for bringing his son back to Tamil Nadu… Though Rudhra doesn’t get along with him, there’s nothing such things called a great affection for his mother. In fact he scolds his mother in bad words and his father without respect. Unable to stay along the city, he gets into the hilltop and dwells inside caves. It’s where Hamsavalli (Pooja), a blind beggar and other physically and mentally challenged children, men and women are tortured to beg by Thandavam (Rajendran). Rudhra is a savior now who doesn’t just put an end to evil elements, but brings light on the most pathetic Hamsavalli in a way that will leave you breathless.
There’s no more turning back for Aarya for he would make it big in tinsel town from now. Yeah! Like a ‘Nanda’ for Surya and ‘Pithamaghan’ for Vikram, Aarya has something more than them over here. His vocalisms of intonations with different languages sweep us off. Even he does the scenes with sense of humor that makes us laugh to the great extent (similar to the serious characterization of Vikram in Pithamaghan getting us laugh). Not all filmmakers in town have the unique potential of doing it so. His yogi positions of upside down position are marvelous and it’s all revealing about his involvement for the role. On the Pars, Pooja brims with a splendorous job and she offers you a feel that you’re watching her for first time on the screen. She delivers a first class performance in penultimate sequences that draws us feeling pitiful for her. Rajendran as a baddie steals the show depicting him with a different shade of baddie. His body physique that’s exposed during his final stunts with Aarya is stunning. The other star-casts including Thandavam’s assistant, a eunuch, the little beggar boy who deliver powerful comedies are stupendous. Especially, the old scolding God in bad words moves our hearts.
Maestro Ilayaraja’s musical score is great on background score while only couple songs take place in the film. Arthur Wilson’s cinematography is a colossal one. Art Direction is again goes off with same credits as a set of cremation grounds has been set up at Theni…
Bala’s screenplay and detailed characterization makes the show big getting our eyes adhered to the screens without even our eyes blinking.
On the whole, ‘Naan Kadavul’ is a distinct film of the contemporary Indian Cinema that none of the versatile filmmakers had ever dared to attempt weaving such a poignant tale.
Hats off to Bala and entire team….
Bottom – Line: Masterpiece of Tamil Cinema
Verdict: Feel Proud for Bala…