Significance of theatre plays have gradually diminished during the years and it really requires a lot of efforts and daring attempt to make a film based on this genre. Producers Sashikanth and Varun Manian have come up with Kaaviya Thalaivan, directed by Vasantha Balan. The film stars Siddarth, Prithviraj and Vedhika in lead roles with academy award winner AR Rahman composing music….
Set in backdrops of ancient Tamil Nadu during the pre-independence era, two youngsters
Thalaivankottai Kaliappa Bhagavathar (Siddarth) and Melachivilberi Gomathi Nayagam Pillai (Prithviraj) are seen the pillars of the theatre group owned by Thavathiru Sivadas Swamigal (Nasser). Their friendship slightly turns into bitter side when one among them begins to thirst more for power, realms and achievements.
Director Vasantha Balan has tried compiling some of the real life characters through this film and succeeds with excellence. Apparently, the film gives a clear view that lots of ground work has been prepared up for making this film. On the performance level, Vedhika has done a marvellous job with some best expressions and body language. Siddarth delivers a neat performance after many years and Prithviraj scores the best points as a baddie with grey shades. Nasser as usual pulls up for a finest performance and Thambi Ramaiah is great with his acting proficiency…
The first half has some engaging screenplay and post-intermission sequences slight have some sluggishness. But the gripping moments of this film that includes the confrontations among Prithviraj, Siddarth and Nasser are tremendous, especially the climax is brilliant with emotions outpouring.
Technically, AR Rahman’s background score intensifies the screenplay and adds some emotions to it. Cinematography is top-notch and art department has really worked a lot, which completely deserves special mention.
On the whole, Kaaviya Thalaivan is a great attempt by Vasantha Balan and the actors have done a splendid job. But somewhere, we fail to get connected to this film and only witness it as a drama.
Verdict: Daring and promising attempt by entire crew