Tamil - A Kurinji flower in Indian cinema
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: Jeeva, Anjali, Karunas
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Production: M R Film Productions
the endless formulaic films which inundate the screens and
fade away swiftly here comes a Kurinji flower in the name
of Kattradhu Tamil which is going to be talked about for a
long time to come. Director Ram deserves a standing ovation
for not bowing down to commercial format and sticking to his
theme with strong conviction.
Tamil M.A. alias Kattradhu Tamil was in the news continuously
but still the hype surrounding it was not proportional
to its potential. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music
did make people sit up and take notice, but still
such a low budgeted movie with minimal marketing push
is likely to be ignored in the crowd. However, once
in a while a movie re-writes Tamil cinema history
and Kattradhu Tamil is one such precious gem.
The movie is about a mentally affected person who
gradually becomes a psychopath and comes back to normalcy
when his love returns. It also handles a vital social
theme of the commercial boom which triggers the inequality
in the social structure and its effects. It is not
right to let out any more information as it is for
the viewers to enjoy and relish this masterpiece.
This film cannot be termed as an art movie and there is
hardly any commercial liberty that has been taken by the
director, but he has ensured the seamless integration of
the viewer with the characters in the film and has transported
them to the world of the protagonist, his life, his love,
his anger and his solution in an enjoyable fashion.
The screenplay is brilliant and has certainly set the bar
high; the movie swings back and forth the timeline with
consummate ease without confusing the viewers. It is very
hard to single out the best scenes as every single frame
has been chiseled to perfection. The top among the top would
be the scene where the protagonist drinks and his unexpected
conversation with a BPO employee.
up and the sudden disappearance of Karunas character
are the only negligible glitches which certainly can
In the acting department the movie is shouldered by
Jeeva and the young actor comes up with a performance
of his lifetime which will not only fetch him national
awards but is sure to catapult him to a higher stratosphere
in filmdom. With Kattradhu Tamil, he has carved a
niche for himself and has put the first step towards
elevating himself to the caliber of artists like Kamal
Hassan and Vikram. Debutant Anjali as the simpleton
Anandi is a delight to watch and spellbinds the viewer
with her beautiful fresh look and her performance.
She is certainly going to be flooded with offers.
Karunas in a small role excels and evoke laughter.
Everyone else in the cast has understood their responsibility
and has come up with a natural performance.
technical departments are of a high order and their hard
work certainly shows. The two pillars here are the cinematographer
S R Kadhir and the music director Yuvan. Kadhir has captured
the moods with amazing precision and the first person camera
angle has been tried out beautifully. Yuvan has outdone
himself for this classic movie and has come with tunes which
will transcend the barrier of time. The touches of his dad
are evident at some points in background scores. The dialogue
writer needs special mention as whether it is the Tamil
or the English dialogues the words are just perfect and
some will have a lasting impression on the audience. The
producers Siva Prasad and Mohammed Sharief should be appreciated
for not falling for any commercial clichés, which
could have deteriorated the quality of this landmark movie.
Kudos to them for enabling the director to translate his
ideas onto the silver screen with a majestic flourish.
Due to the excess violence and bloodshed children can be
left behind but others should not miss this world class
attempt by Tamil cinema. The word of mouth will be high
which will facilitate the movie to have a long innings in
the ticket window. We are pretty sure Kamal's Dasavatharam
is going to elevate Tamil cinema to the next level but true
movie buffs who just cannot wait can also do themselves
a favor before that by watching this film.
Kattradhu Tamil is sure to go rounds in many film festivals
around the globe and bring glory to Tamil cinema..
Verdict - Must See