Direction : Nalan Kumarasamy
Production : Thirukumaran Entertainment
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian, Samuthirakani
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Editing : Leo John Paul
A long hiatus perhaps, Nalan Kumarasamy 3 years after his maiden debut ‘Soodhu Kavvum’ bounces back in showbiz with ‘Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum’, a remake of Korean love story ‘My Dear Desperado’, which was initially titled as ‘Eskimo Kadhal’. The film is produced by K.E. Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green Films in collaboration with CV Kumar of Thirukumaran Entertainment and Abi & Abi Pictures. Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian of Premam fame and Samuthirakani play the lead roles and Santhosh Narayanan has composed music.
Madonna Sebastian has been longing all throughout her teenage to pursue her dream job at IT Sector in Chennai. After consistent confrontations with her parents, she comes down to Chennai and manages to find one. Unexpectedly, her company firm is shut down and her life turns upside down. Unable to pay her monthly due for rent and expenses, she comes down to a much low profile home in the city and comes across a neighbour (Vijay Sethupathi), who just got released from prison for accepting the crime he didn’t commit for the sake of his friend. What follows next are the episodes in these lives laced with poignant moments.
There are certain things, we have to keep it blunt while analysing this film. Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum is a melo-drama and henceforth, the treatment of screenplay would be slow. There is no wy you could expect the momentum of adrenaline rush. Nalan Kumarasamy has tried translating the Korean film with a decent adaptation. In fact, it’s very difficult to keep the audiences engrossed with merely couple of characters and he excels with it. A love story without kisses, hugs and intimate scenes – it’s hard to imagine movies falling under ‘Romance’ genre without these elements. But Nalan has implemented the adornments with best effort. But on the flip side, what turns out to be a diminishing factor is the slowness in script. Although, we could justify in accordance to its genre, the rural and sub-urban audiences might not actually carry the patience to watch it without getting restless. Cinematography is top-notch, where cinematographer maintains a subtle shade to depict the rainy season. Editing has a smooth transition and Santhosh Narayanan songs that we heard in albums are just the background score here. In no way, it affects the screenplay. But Santhosh Narayanan has to change his pattern of music as we sense the same panache in all his albums. In some places, the BGM sounds too exaggerated than it actually is demanded by the screenplay.
When it comes to picking the best sequences, it involves the one where Vijay Sethupathi tries to hold the interviewers on hold until Madonna arrives and the other is about both of them drinking together. Both the actors have given their best performances in these sequences. The film travels from the perspective of Madonna Sebastian and she gets more footage on pars with Vijay Sethupathi. Her performance while boozing with Vijay Sethupathi and the one at hospital scene with hilarious touch is commendable. Samuthirakani doesn’t create a much impact. The one we see as the close acquaintance of Vijay Sethupathi does a neat job.
1. Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian
2. Second half
3. Cinematography and editing
What doesn’t work?
1. The slow pace might not appeal to the commercial movie lovers
2. Same style of songs by Santhosh Narayanan
Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum holds a plot of decent love story, though a remake of Korean movie. It engrosses in parts, but would surely gain more red carpets from multiplex audiences and with sub-urban and rural groups; it might not be their best pick as Vijay Sethupathi as in ‘Sethupathi’ might go missing.
Verdict : Poignant yet sluggish in parts
Rating : 4.5/10
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