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TAMIL CINEMA:
Good Music But Illogical: Kadhalil Vizhundaen


Cast: Nakulan, Sunena, Sampath, Livingston, Valli Hariraj and others
Music: Vijay Antony
Cinematography: S.D. Miltor
Direction: P.V. Prasath


Director Myshkin did the trick in his very first film Chithiram Paesudhadi. The major factor that made it a hit film was the “Vaazha Meenukku . . .” song, and here in Kaadhalil Vizhundhaen, director P.V. Prasad recreates the same magic with the “Nakaa Mukka . . .” number that appears to be on everybody’s lips.

Sun Pictures has managed to market the film admirably.

The film starts off with a high-octane inaugural sequence where a youth successfully manages to put on board a train a wheel-chair-ridden girl, overcoming stiff resistance by bashing up the enemies. When the ticket checker enquires what the commotion was all about, the story is narrated by the hero as a flashback.

A rich girl Meera (Sunena) decides to provide medical treatment to a youth (Nakulan), who gets injured in an accident, allegedly due to the fault of Meera. Nakulan falls for the girl’s charms and trouble brews. A solution to the trouble is cooked up by the director who, in his effort to present the solution differently, makes it more baffling and illogical, typical of a Tamil film.

The story has nothing new to offer other than highlighting romance with the regular song-and-dance-and-fight routine. The film moves at a brisk pace in the first half but drags in the second half, where the hero is shown to be moving around carrying the corpse of his beloved girl. A bit too much, really.

The hero is so much in love with his girl that he simply can’t believe that she is dead (Can you believe it?). How the hero manages to keep the corpse flexible and arrest decay, as well as how he manages to allow no one to come near the corpse, defies logic.

The songs are choreographed and shot well. Nakulan, the younger brother of actress Devayani, does well in the romantic as well as the action sequences. Sunena, on the other hand, has nothing much to do. The film could have been acceptable had the director paid more attention to logic.

— Courtesy Chennai Online.

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