Kazhugu; the name must be pretty familiar
by now because of some good publicity around
the film. The premise of the film is definitely
interesting; of people who do the unenviable
task of retrieving the bodies of people who
have committed suicide by jumping off from
the cliffs of Kodaikanal. Well, we can safely
say that there has been no film that has revolved
around such people. So, does the premise alone
make the movie worth watching?
Kazhugu tracks the story of a gang of four
men; you could call them corpse collectors. After
introductions about the rather cringe-worthy
nature of the jobs they have to do for
their existence and a few one-off episodes,
we are taken to the central plot which involves
a crime. Being the men who track corpses from
the depths of the valleys, these men somehow
find themselves party to the proceedings.
Their involvement leads them to big trouble.
How do they come out of it?
The film is not a gripping story about the
corpse collectors, but it is a crime-revenge
drama. However, the revenge has not been well
executed and also there is a lot more desired
when it comes to the characterisation of the
antagonist. You also feel that the screen
play doesn’t rise to the expected level
to convince the protagonist’s connection
in the main plot. The romantic angle is just
It is a pretty straightforward plot; no suspense
or guesswork is called for. The film doesn’t
offer much on the entertainment part except
for the exchanges between Karunas and Thambi
Ramaiah. They make you sit and watch. Krishna
gets to do a role that is genuinely different,
but the screenplay does not allow him to excel
much. Bindu Madhavi fits in the role. Jayaprakash
plays the lead antagonist and makes a mark.
But, his character being so key to the script,
should have been given more space.
The action in Kazhugu had the potential to
be literally of the ‘cliffhanger’
type, but the film has not utilised it. Songs
by Yuvan have lifted the film a notch up.
The camerawork takes you to the enchanting
beauty of the misty location. The well shot
scenes, like the one which has Krishna lying
on the road in a drunken stupor, have a lot
The backdrop of this movie is genuinely interesting
and the makers have done some research into
knowing the ways of the men who do a thankless
job. But, the script should have been more
inclusive so that the possibilities of the
theme can be fully exploited rather than ending
up as an averagely executed revenge action
Verdict: Interesting backdrop; should’ve
been executed better