Surprisingly for naysayers – who thought the film would appeal only to persons interested in obscure subjects – Naan Kadavul is doing great business in almost all the theatres in the city. Appealing to diverse sections of audience – from multiplex to C-grade theatre audiences – Naan Kadavul’s Chennai box office collections alone will touch one crore in a day or two!
It is truly a big victory for director Bala, for Naan Kadavul is not a regular Kollywood film. It deals with a subject that strikes awe in most, rather than impresses and consists of profound ideas. But Bala has been successful in simplifying them for the benefit of a diverse audience. Talking about necro-cannibalistic Aghori sadhus, a boy growing up amidst them and Rig Veda concepts, Naan Kadavul could have easily ended up looking like a docu-drama, but thanks to Bala’s ingenuity, all these ideas have all been communicated to the audience in an appealing manner.
Bala was successful in making people look beyond the film’s goriness and appreciate the theme. Above all, he managed to stun viewers by eliciting the best performances from not just the lead pair, but also from an ensemble of Aghori sadhus and differently-abled people who are facing a camera for the first time.
For Arya, this enlivening piece of information comes as a big relief for he had invested more than 3 years in Naan Kadavul, a rarity these days when most actors prefer to multi-task and take multiple assignments. The young actor is sure to bring his elated spirits into his forthcoming films – Madras Pattinam and another untitled film in which Genelia is rumoured to be the heroine.
It is pleasing to watch the changing tastes of the audience which seem to appreciate films with profound and newly-found ideas.