‘Kazhugu’ is the movie produced by K.K.Sekhar and K.S.Madhubala under the banner Talking Times and Arun Film Entertainments. Debutant Director Sathyasiva has written the Story, Screenplay and has directed is movie.
Kazhugu features Krishna Sekhar, Bindu Madhavi, Karunaas, Thambi Ramaiah, Praveen, Jayaprakash, Nellai Siva and Sujibala. The Music is scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Lyrics are penned by Na.Muthukumar, Snehan and Ekanath. Sathya has done the Cinematography. Editing is performed by Praveen K.L and N.B.Srikanth.
‘Kazhugu’ is the story of 4 people of people namely Sera (Krishna), Nandu (Karunaas), and Shanmugam (Thambi Ramaiah). They earn their livelihood by recovering the bodies of people who do suicide by jumping from the mountain tops and die. Though they do a not so pleasant job, these guys lead their life happily.
This ‘Kazhugu’ team once recovers the body of the Sister of Kavitha (Bindu Madhavi) who suicides from the mountain top with her Lover. That is when, Sera meets Kavitha for the first time. Sera is an orphaned guy, who is brought up by the Mother Stella in the Church.
Kavitha comes to know about Sera’s life through Nandu’s (Karunaas) Wife Valli (Sujibala), who is a colleague of hers in the Tea factory nearby. As and when, she comes to know more about Sera, she turns sympathetic towards him. On seeing the changing good characteristics of Sera, she falls in Love with him.
But, it takes a while for Sera to recognize the true Love of Kavitha over him. At a particular instance, he realizes as to how much Kavitha loves him and senses that, she could be the best life companion for him. From then, he reciprocates positively towards Kavitha and plans to marry and settle down in life.
In the meantime, Ayya (Jayaprakash) enters in the Story. He involves in the unlawful activities. In order to carry on with his unlawful activities, his Assistants murder few policemen and throws their body down the mountains. Then, the Ayya requests Shanmugam, the member of the ‘Kazhugu’ team to cover up the murders of the Policemen.
Due to their holy mind, the ‘Kazhugu’ team help the house members of these Policemen by bringing up their bodies up the hill. But, from then they face lots of problems.
What happens to Ayya, after the recovery of the bodies of Policemen?
In what ways, the life of the ‘Kazhugu’ team changes after the murders of the Policemen?
Whether Sera and Kavitha succeed in their Love or not?
The answers to these above mentioned questions form the Crux and remaining part of the story.
Being a Debutant Director, Sathyasiva has come up a clear and confusion free story. It is very neat without too much of confusions. There are no logical irregularities. It is as real as it could be and is able to connect with the life of audiences very nicely. It is a no non-sense film with the right type of Screenplay and dialogues. The Director has restricted himself from showing horrible sequences and hence makes the movie, a pleasant experience for audiences. In general, there is not over reactions from Artists. That is self is a big achievement by Director.
Krishna has done an impeccable job in this film. He has performed the role of the member of the body recovery team in a very perfect manner. The ‘Kazhugu’ team itself is not frightened about the dead bodies. Just like that, they involve in the recovery of bodies. Krishna’s performances are excellent. His performances while he screams, his comedies, Love scenes and the Climax scenes is appreciable. Bindu Madhavi is making her debut in Kollywood through this film. Her performance as Kavitha is very impressive. She competes with Krishna in delivering the best performances from her side. Her performances in the Love scenes, after loosing her Sister and climax scenes are very nice.
The performances of Karunaas and Thambi Ramaiah are as real as it can be. Their performances compliment to the performances of Krishna and Bindu.
As usual Jayaprakash has impressed the audiences by delivering controlled performances. He has performed to the right levels as and how the Story needs. The performances of the other artists like Sujibala and the speaking impaired team member of the “Kazhugu’ surely deserves special mentions.
The Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is very soothing and is in sink with the story. It merges well with the story. It adds very good feel to the film.
The Lyrics penned by Na.Muthukumar, Snehan and Ekanath is very good and stays in our mind for long.
Cinematography by Sathya is praiseworthy. He has captured the beauty of mountains in a very pleasant manner. The color sense is appreciable.
The Editing by Praveen K.L and N.B.Srikanth makes sure that, the Story moves swiftly without the feel of dragging and testing the patience of the audiences. It is exactly as it is ought to be.
The works of the other crew members like the Art Direction by Remiyan and Choreographer (Dinesh) adds extra value to the Story.
The promotional song with the performances of Aarthi, Arya, Divyadarshini, Ganeshkar, Janani Iyer, Jennifer, Jiiva, Kala, Keerthi, Lingusamy, Oviya, Pandiraj, Perarasu, Premji Amaren, Priya Anand, Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy, Radhika, S.J.Suryaah, Sanjeev, Siva Karthikeyan, Thaman, Venkat Prabhu, Vijayalakshmi and Vishnuvardhan. It is very unique and good.
Overall, the ‘Kazhugu’ team is a feel good movie. It is surely worth to watch the movie for the performances of the Artists and the mountain beauties of Kodaikanal, Theni and Munnar. It makes the viewers to have a deep thought over what is true Love. That is another big success of the film ‘Kazhugu’.
What works: Almost everything, narration and cinematography
What doesn’t work: Nothing specific to mention
Verdict: Good work by entire team.
Banner: Talking Times, Arun Film Entertainments
Production: K.K.Sekhar and K.S.Madhubala
Star-casts: Krishna Sekhar, Bindu Madhavi, Karunaas, Thambi Ramaiah, Jayaprakash and others
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Review by Richard Mahesh