Kadhalil Vizhunthen - Review
Music: Vijay Antony
Sadly we expected more from Sun Pictures maiden film Kadhalil Vizhunthen, an obsessive love story that turns out to be dreary and long drawn out.
Actually the first half of director P.V Prasath's dark and disturbing love tale is quite entertaining with five peppy songs, but it is the second half that turns bizarre and torments the viewers with excessive blood and gore.
A word of caution, the second half towards the climax lead, it becomes gruesome as violence is unleashed and the story loses its focus.
The hero murders atleast a dozen goons using the most primitive methods like clubbing, smashing the head against the stone and just chopping off heads leaving a bloody trail. The story is as old as the hills of Ooty, where the second half of the story takes place. Sabhapathy (Nakhul) is a guy coming from the lower strata of society, whose mother died when he was a child, and is virtually left to fend for himself as his father is a drunk.
He meets Meera (Sunaina), a rich heiress in a freak accident due to her fault and falls in love with her when she nurses him back to health. She changes his life and becomes a sort of guardian angel for him. His obsessive love leads to a dark and disturbing twist in the tale.
The second half of the film, the going-on becomes senseless and totally bizarre. The hero's aimless wandering in misery with his “obsession”, is hard to digest. It is grisly and grotesque to move around in this fashion.
The hero character's motivation behind this aimless drift is not explained by the director. How did he get supernatural power to beat to pulp a posse of policemen and thugs?
The highlight of the film is the peppy music of Vijay Antony. The pick of the lot is the male version of Nakku Mukka.., and the melodious Thozhiyay En Kadhaliye….
However at times the music too gets in your face, five songs before interval and three post interval including a song in the climax which reminds you of the Kamal Hassan's classic Guna number.
Among the performers, Nakhul having knocked off his puppy fat is riveting. He holds the film together and dances with élan, and has a good future. Sunayana is adequate for her role, Sampath as a cop is impressive and Livingstone is good.
Vijay Milton's camera and the way he has shot Pondicherry locations in the first half and Ootty is eye catching.
On the whole the happenings in the film are extremely illogical, labored and utterly unconvincing. At best you can sit through the first half, post-interval it is torturous.