Directed by: Vasanthabalan
Produced by: Varun Manian, S. Sashikanth
Starring: Siddharth, Prithviraj, Nassar, Vedhika
Music: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Edited by: Praveen K. L
Theatre plays incredibly have been the heart and soul of Tamil culture. But hardly have we found our filmmakers experimenting in this unconventional genre. Vasantha Balan draws up with Kaaviya Thalaivan, a film based on ancient theatre groups of pre-independence era. With some of the characters based on real life personalities, the film has a surprise star-cast of Siddarth, Prithviraj and Vedhika who are far-famed for their ultra glam and on pars offbeat roles. Academy award winner A.R. Rahman has composed music and with the complete film banked on lots of musical drama, it is a different experience for audience.
Thalaivankottai Kaliappa Bhagavathar (Siddarth) and Melachivilberi Gomathi Nayagam Pillai (Prithviraj) are the most devoted artists and almost sons to their mentor Thavathiru Sivadas Swamigal (Nasser). Situations plays a game of havoc between these two promising artists and one among them turns up with hostile plans to thwart his brother-like-pal that ruins their lives with merciless consequences.
Analysing with reference of historical contexts might not pitch well and thereby, lets make it simple as though watching a fiction. If you’re sternly looking up for the first major plus, it’s none other than AR Rahman’s background score that introduces you to his unexplored planet of unheralded surprises. Mark our words! If they’re releasing a complete BGM track of this film in stores, there would additional crowds to theatres merely to experience its magic on visuals.
The basic theme of this film crafted by Vasantha Balan needs special mention and his ability to keep up the audiences engaged in many parts for a length of 150minutes is difficult and yet runs its up with passable screenplay. Three sequences – the one before intermission, the reunion of Prithviraj and Siddarth followed by ‘Sollividu’ song and the climax is a remarkable piece. Hardly any actor would accept to play the role enacted by Prithviraj and he has taken it up despites its antagonistic portrayal. But everything succumbs to an emotional end by climax, where truth, lies, friendship and enmity get dispersed in the holy waters of Ganges. Vedhika might look little over-active is some places, but she manages to keep her imbibed to it. Anaika Soti is a mere disappointment. Nasser is outstanding. Ponvannan is fantastic and actors like Thambi Ramaiah and Singam Puli have their own piece of spell to engage us.
1. Background score and songs by AR Rahman
2. Star-cast and brilliant performance
3. Appealing sequences of intermission and climax
4. The final conversations between Prithviraj and Siddarth
What doesn’t work
1. Anaika Soti looking odd for the film
2. The screenplay slightly falls short of engagement during first half
3. Yaarumilla is a mellifluous treat, but misplacement in second hour
Kaaviya Thalaivan needs heavy praise. We’re not sure if this would be a commercial hit, but it’s a must watch film for each and every lover of cinema and arts as Theatre plays were the pioneers in entertainment before cinema halls came in origin here.
Verdict: Poignance of art, friendship, betrayals and confessions
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