Kadal (Tamil) (English Subtitles)
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The story is simple. It's about the battle between good versus evil, personified by Arvind and Arjun respectively. In it, is intertwined the love story of the lead pair, played by Gautham and Thulasi, with sea as the backdrop. In the battle of good versus evil, one has to win, which in most cases is good as audiences mostly are accustomed to happy endings, and therefore we have a cliched climax. 


Cast: Gautham Karthik, Thulasi Nair, Arvind Swamy, Lakshmi Manchu, Thambi Ramaiah
DVD Features: NTSC All Regions, Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround, English Subtitles
Direction: Mani Ratnam
Screenplay: Mani Ratnam, Jeyamohan
Story: Jeyamohan
Music: A. R. Rahman
Cinematography: Rajiv Menon
Editing: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production: Madras Talkies

 

A Mani Ratnam film, needless to say, draws lot of inquisitiveness in audiences from all categories but it's not the same in this film. Right from the start, Mani steers his vessel aimlessly, trying desperately to give some biblical references in every frame. He does inspire sporadically just to remind us that the craftsmanship within him is alive and kicking strongly. The first half hour to 45 minutes raise hopes and pave way to certain level optimism, which is squandered little later in the second half. 
 
While the film's hero is young and energetic Gautham, but Mani's old find, Arvind Swamy too has a good share of screen presence. Both, Gautham and Arvind, shoulder their roles with dedication and ease. It would be apt to say no actor of recent times had a better homecoming than Arvind, who lights up the screen as Fr. Sam. Gautham, coming from a lineage of actors, portrays confidence in his performance. 
 
Mani, the master storyteller that he is, leaves one and all wondering at his creation, which he claims to be a love story. Rahman's music leaves you in a state of predicament as the songs are soothing. Otherwise, Rajiv Menon is the hero of the film, brilliant behind the camera. Scenes in the sea, shot during Nilam storm, are visually endearing and uplifting. 
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