A romantic poignancy

Reviews 18-Jan-2011 10:14 AM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Filmmaker Siddique-Vijay’s combination was over the top with its yesteryear comedy entertainer ‘Friends’. The film still takes a front seat, when it comes to best comedy caper of all seasons. Obviously, ‘Kaavalan’ is not one such entertainer with such grandiloquence, but proves to be a best heart-touching romantic tale. First and foremost, it’s worthy of appreciating Vijay for having chosen a unique script. He has underplayed getting away far away from his preexisting traits that were very much prevalent in his movies for past three years. Yeah! ‘Kaavalan’ is a special and surprising relief for Vijay fans as the actor is back to prove his adeptness.

Vijay’s spell of ‘Poovellam Kettupaar’, ‘Kadhalukku Mariyadhai’, ‘Shahjahan’ and ‘Thullatha Manamum Thullum’ are regarded as evergreen romantic entertainers. These movies catered to the tastes of universal audiences. Well, ‘Kaavalan’ is one such movie that savors on its best letting audiences to revel on emotional quotients.

The film opens with Bhoominathan (Vijay) learning that Semmanur Muthuramalingam (Raj Kiran) and his family are in danger; he decides to go as his bodyguard. Indeed, he saves them for certain dangerous situations winning their heart. Muthuramalingam decides to send Bhoominathan as the bodyguard for his daughter Meera (Asin) and her friend Madhu (Mithra Kurien). Meera feels too peeved about the odd deportments of Bhoominathan as he behaves peculiarly like a typical bodyguard following her everywhere. A sense of aversion makes her try an experiment, making prank calls to Bhoominathan as a girl named ‘Ammu Kutty’ in love with him. Unexpectedly, Bhoominathan becomes much obsessive as his childhood love had the same name, which leads to some twists in tale.

Vijay carries his role perfectly and does his part well. Nice to see him in an unexaggerated manner with a sense of realistic touch…
Even the fight sequence that involves in the backdrops of a festival, he has underplayed himself as Raj Kiran gets more footage as well. One more surprising factor of this film is that Vijay has got no villains to fight upon. His comedy tracks with Vadivelu have worked out very well in portions. If Siddique had tried this film sans comedy, it would have turned down to be a raw-core drama. Asin’s bubbly looks that were very much appealing in her previous movies are missing here. She looks dull and fails to emote in few portions. Vadivelu spells out a fantabulous humorous show with his rib-tickling liners like Telephone was invented by Abraham Lincoln or Abdul Kalam? A poem by Bharathiraja or Bharathiyar? Kannadasan or Suruli Rajan? Misspelling Private Number as Parvathi Menon and many more of that sort… Rajkiran doesn’t get more footage and so is Roja.

Musical score by Vidhyasagar is mediocre as the songs aren’t thundering as Vijay’s previous movies. Only couple of songs ‘Yaradhu’ and ‘Sada Sada’ keep ringing in our eyes even after the show for its mellisonant nature… Ekambaram’s cinematography is so colorful and his style of shots bringing a feel of ‘Malayalam’ touch. Gowri Shankar’s editing is neat and crisp with transitions being so smooth.

‘Kaavalan’ is a feel-good romantic flick with Vijay shedding his ‘mass-hero’ image and reappearing with his yesteryear looks. Let’s hope the actor sticks to this pattern and chooses such gripping scripts to gain back his position.

What works: Vijay, Comedy, Story, Last 20minutes, first half, Vadivelu

What doesn’t work: Slow moments in screenplay, Music…

Verdict: A romantic poignancy

Banner: Ekaveera Creations

Production: Ramesh Babu

Direction: Siddique

Star-casts: Vijay, Asin, Vadivelu, Raj Kiran, Roja and others

Music: Vidhyasagar

Cinematography: Ekambaram

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