Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nan Kadavul-Movie Review




Movie-Nan Kadavul.
Director-Bala.
Cast-Arya, Pooja and others.
Music-Ilayaraja.
Year of Release-2009.
Genre-Drama.

Bala is one director whose movies mix the commercialism and realism in the right proportions. His three previous movies have been box-office hits but this time I believe Bala might be lucky if the movie recovers its production costs. The problem being it took more than 3 years to make with several heroines being cast and then replaced. The movie presents a stark portrayal of the organized beggary in India, specially in Tamil Nadu.

If you thought Slumdog had difficult scenes, then this movie will shock you. Bala presents a coterie of real life beggars-Eunuchs, midgets, deformed people, physically challenged people, blind people. The attention to detail is indeed detailed.

A man visits Kashi/Benaras to find his son Rudra-whom he had abandoned 14 years ago in the holy city based on the advice of an astrologer. The beginning is flawed and a bit unbelievable when the man spots an aghori-Arya and faints. He realises that Arya is his son Rudra in just one glance.

The story shifts to Malaikottai in Tamil Nadu, where a tall bald man is a kingpin running the beggar-mafia. Pooja is introduced as a blind girl singing in the train and getting alms.

Pooja is inducted into the bald man's group and is made to sing at a temple atop a hill. Arya stays there smoking ganja and uttering mantras once in a while. A Keralite businessman comes to the bald man and pays money and takes beggars to Kerala.

He comes again with an offer of Rs 10 lakhs to buy Pooja as a companion for a man whose face is deformed. When his goons come to kidnap Pooja, Arya bashes the group and kills the businessman.

Then a court case scene follows. A bit of forced humour perhaps!

A final confrontation with the bald-headed villain follows with Arya killing the villain.

Then comes the twist-an expected one-Bala killed the heroes in his earlier movies-here he kills Pooja. Pooja pleads with Arya to save her from the pains of the world. The next scene shows her lying in a pool of blood. So we assume that Arya kills her to guide her to her salvation.

A role worthy of an award by Pooja. Arya has worked reallly hard for his role and deserves applause for his physical makeover. Music is great.

We can only sympathise with Bala and pray that his next venture has a strong script.
How about a crime thriller Mr Bala or an urban college romance?

8 comments:

Siva said...

Hello Mr. Magesh: it is Naan Kadavul NOT Nyaan Kadavul. This is a tamil movie not a malayalam movie.

mahesh said...

Whatever you say Siva. I typed Njan not Nyaan so open your eyes and read.

And don't bring in Tamil/Malayalam problems here. I am an Indian.

I have given a phonetic transliteration.

And my name is Mahesh not Magesh Mr. Siva!

mahesh said...

Anyway I am not disappointing you my friend. I am changing it to Nan
and now that reminds me of the Naan that I eat in a restaurant.

Siva said...

Good boy!!!

Karthik The maestro said...

even though the film is a bit unrealistic,direction frm Bala is a gud piece of Art.
The film invites the spectators to a world they are ignorant and to some realities(half-realities)which is considered as superstitions in the present world.
Film may not be commercially hit,But it is masterpiece frm Bala.
I disagree wit ur last point of sympathising Bala.

Karthik The maestro said...

even though the film is a bit unrealistic,direction frm Bala is a gud piece of Art.
The film invites the spectators to a world they are ignorant and to some realities(half-realities)which is considered as superstitions in the present world.
Film may not be commercially hit,But it is masterpiece frm Bala.
I disagree wit ur last point of sympathising Bala

mahesh said...

Hi Karthik,

Thanks for visiting my blog and posting a comment.

Regards,
Mahesh

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