I’m sick of the Nonsense Phrase “Tamil Cinema has gone to the next level” ( a default statement we wud have seen either in the magazine or online portal reviews of all offbeat movies.) Also i’m really scared, how long this gonna continue and when will tamil cinema stop going to next level.The reason to quote here is jus with some rare exceptions like Naan Kadavul hitting the theatres once in a blue moon along with usual utter craps makes no difference to tamil cinema.Coming to Naan Kadavul, to sum up in a single line,the champion of the movie is Bala.With trailers and promo stills showing Aarya’s acrobatic positions and amazing stunt sequences in Kaasi,its needless to say people wud have entered the cinema hall expecting a roller coaster ride.But things were different in the movie as soon as pichai paathiram starts.If making a movie with downtrodden people of the society isn’t a easy thing,more tuf is to extract the performances from the actors(Esp.Those who haven’t seen the camera before).But Bala had done the both things in an amazing style,as a result each and every character haunts even after coming out of the theatre.The main asset of the movie is its rawness in portraying the lifestyle of physically challenged beggars without any cinematic compromises.Another best part is, movie isn’t made as a mere tear-jerker or No-Nonsense sympathy creating portions.Contrary to the theme there are typical Baala’ish (sarcastical) lighter moments are there with down to earth dialogs.(But this time Jeyamohan is the dialog writer.)
மாட்டுக்கறி தின்னாலும் மலையாளத்தான் மூளையே மூளைதான்டா!!!
But even with all these things its tuf to declare Naan Kadavul a classic.The problem with the movie is Aarya and his confused Aghori concepts which fails to blend with the main plot.Esp When Aarya is on the way to his home town,Pichai paathiram song starts abruptly which breaks the movie in two lines leaving the viewers confused.Also it seems like Bala is still in the hang over of Pithamagan.Aarya’s Character has many shades of ” Sithan “Vikram.(Eg.Few Scenes,When people getting scared on seeing Aarya,Police Station Scenes, resemble ditto pithamagan.).Even i wasn’t much impressed with Isaignani’s BGM.Barring Interval and climax scene other scenes dint have Maestro’s stamp.But he compensates with Om Shivo Hum Track.The Starting Chants with all Pujaris showing the Deeparadhana is a terrific experience to watch it in theatre.Atleast for this song i wish to see it in Sathyam Cinemas.
Naan Kadavul – Finally a breather for Tamil Cinema in 2009.