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Plot: Kadhalan is a romantic thriller film which stars Prabhu Deva as Prabhu, a young student of a college in Chennai. The principal of the college asks Prabhu to invite the Governor of the state, Kakarlal Sathya Narayan Moorthy to attend a college event. When Prabhu goes to do so, he meets the governor’s daughter Shruthi and falls in love with her. With time, Shruthi too comes to know about him, and the two get together. However due to fear of terrorism in the state, Shruthi is allotted bodyguards by her father. However, she escapes with Prabhu one day after a dance festival but when the news of a bomb planted spread; Shruthi’s bodyguards bring her back. Prabhu is handed over to the police who beat him up but later release him. He comes to know that Mallikarjuna is responsible for all the bombings in the state, and he is working for Kakarlal itself.
Also, Kakarlal had appointed him to plant a bomb in the Government General Hospital. Kakarlal betrays Mllikarjuna by exploding a radio bomb which unfortunately leaves him wounded. In return, Mallikarjuna delays the timing of the bomb. Meanwhile, Prabhu finds the bomb while Kakalral, his wife, and Shruthi are still in the elevator. Prabhu throws the bomb into the sea. When Kakarlal and his family come out of the elevator, Mallikarjuna kills him, and he too dies. The film ends with Prabhu and Shruthi coming together back once again.
Analysis: The film is directed by Shankar, who makes a pretty good attempt to make it look good. Balakumaran is the writer of Kadhalan which is a pretty simple story. There are very few twists and suspense sequences. However, the music is by A. R. Rahman as the composer and lyrics by Vaali, Vairamuthu, and S. Shankar. The film success owes mostly to the song which has created a new dimension and received immense appreciation throughout the country. The cinematography is by Jeeva, and he too does a pretty impressive job at presenting the film well.
The film is not without flaws but it very effortless. There are negative marks for making the film a little slow at the pace. It seems to become sluggish especially in the later parts. Also, there is too much violence with a lot of fight scenes. Somewhere in the middle, the story seems to have lost its way. Again, there are certain parts which are also very unreal and needed more work on them. Apart from these, all the people involved with the film do a pretty good job at making the film work.
Star Performances: The film stars Prabhu Deva in the lead as Prabhu, and he does his role quite well. He has successfully portrayed the character of the ordinary young boy in love. While he does excellently well in some scenes, in others, he falls short of expectations as well. Nagma is the female lead as Shruthi, and she too does her part satisfactorily as the young girl in love with a boy against her father’s wishes. Other supporting actors are Vadielu, Raghuvaran; Girish Karnad also has put up acceptable performances. The film’s acting is not very impressive, but it is still satisfying.
1. The story is very straightforward and pleasing.
2. It also has very effortless performances.
What’s not there?
1. The film does not have anything great to offer.
2. It becomes too stretched and dragging at the end.
Verdict: The film has mixed reviews in all aspects. With a simple story, it is pretty decent for a one time watch. What is worth watching and appreciating is the excellent music by A. R. Rahman.
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