CAST & CREW
Education is very important and discipline is also important. But not at the cost of a child's life. Kuttram Kadithal deals with this important message that's much needed to this competitive and success hungry society. Director Brahma put forth the message in a way that's not very preachy and even a most spoilt commercial cinema lover will appreciate this film.
Kuttram Kadithal is about a school teacher and her guilt that follows her for impulsively slapping a child at school and he faints and slips into coma. How media, school authorities, education board, the parents and the children see this issue from their perspective is all about Kuttram Kadhidal. The screenplay was simply amazing. Each scene has a meaning and it is there for a reason. 1st half goes in introducing each character, their lives and how they are connected to each other. Brahma had shown clarity in what he is trying to convey. The nuances, the detailing and background songs used to give depth to each scene is appreciative. The narration keeps you glued throughout. Director, Brahma scored full marks in this department.
Music was soul stirring. The violin bits in the 2nd half and takes us to a different level emotionally. The Kanathil Muthamittal song in the 2nd half is a cherry on the cake. That song sums up the life of that child and how celebrated he is. Cinematography was visibly award winning standards. The low angle shots and fixed frames are typical national award material. Editing was perfect and cuts were brilliant. There was a continuity and never did the movie seemed abrupt. Kuttram Kadhidal, a technically very sound film. Radhika as Merlin literally lived the role. She is a Christian and married a Hindu. She portrayed the confused phase of her life beautifully in the first half. After the accident, she pulled off the role of a guilt ridden teacher who gets suicidal at times. Sai as Manikandan supported her with a neat performance. The child actor who played Chelliyan came up with a breezy and cheerful performance.
Watch the film for its subtle nuances and originality in film making. The frame is seen as it is and there is no beautification whatsoever. When a character cries, it looks like they are really crying. That's the level of genuineness this film had carried. Director Brahma has given a message oriented film that's not preachy or melodramatic and its a must watch for all parents and teachers in this mad world.
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