Kadal is the latest flick from the ace director in the country, Mani Ratnam. The movie stars actors Aravind Samy and Arjun and also introduces actor Gautham Karthick, son of actor Karthick, and actress Thulasi, daughter of actress Radha. The movie has nothing new in the story, but the brilliance of the director can be seen on screen, which has proved his mastery of the art once again. For the fans of Mani Ratnam, Kadal is a different treatment from the brilliant director, which one cannot see in his previous movies.
Kadal is all about the fight between the holiness and evil. Berchmans (Arjun) is an honorary brother who is under training in a Christian institution. Brother Sam Fernando (Arvind Samy) enters into the institution as a new candidate. In no time, Sam realizes that Berchmans is an ardent follower of evil in his holy disguise. Sam exposes Berchmans’ evil practices and his sins to the higher dignitaries, and sin maker is thrown out of the institution. However, Berchmans pledges that he will show Sam the true color of evil all through his life. He tries to achieve his pledge through Thomas (Gautham Karthick), but there comes many twists in the tale, when Bia (Thulasi) enters his life.
Taking a very simple story in hand, Mani Ratnam makes a slow start clearly exposing the characterization of his characters to set the stage neat for his story. All the characters find enough space on screen. The first half shows the brilliance of Mani Ratnam’s characterization and tells the audiences what to expect in the second half.
The second half of the movie has some twists, which are some positive elements of pure drama. Those who have not got used to slow and impacting kinds of dramas, which is not often don’t see in Tamil cinema, might find the second half a little bit dragging. Mani Ratnam has used all his characters to explore his plot in all possible angles. The climax is the visual highlight of the movie, which has been shot during the times of Nilam storm.
Mani Ratnam’s movies are known for their technical brilliance. Kadal is no exception, which is very clean, neat and captures the light, sceneries and expressions in a never seen way, thanks to the spellbinding cinematography of Rajeev Menon. A R Rahman’s magic once again can be felt all through the movie through songs and background score.
Kadal’s plot is not new to Tamil cinema, especially since Neerparavai released just a couple of months ago. However, the narration is new to the industry, even deviating from Mani Ratnam’s usual style of filmmaking. If audiences are patient enough and have sharp ears to the regional slang used all throughout the movie, Kadal is an absolutely delightful watch.