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Movie : Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum
Directed by : Nalan Kumarasamy
Produced by : C. V. Kumar, K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Screenplay by : Nalan Kumarasamy
Based on : My Dear Desperado by Kim Kwang-sik
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian, Samuthirakani
Music by : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by : Leo John Paul
Production company : Thirukumaran Entertainment
Distributed by : Studio Green, Abi & Abi Pictures
Release dates : 11 March 2016
Running time : 136 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Instantly after the final credits, you distinctly grasp couple of blunt things about the movie and star-cast. First thing that comes to your minds would be the proficient ability of Nalan Kumarasamy to attempt something different from his previous movies. While most of the filmmakers confine themselves to a specific formulae or genre, Nalan has tried to move out of the comfort zone (Soodhu Kavvum was a heist comedy) and try something with ‘Romance’ in ‘Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum’. Secondly, the actors Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian just throw up an awestruck factor with their impeccable performances. Especially, the girl who transfixed the audiences with her ‘Celine’ image from Premam easily eclipses that persona from the very beginning of this movie, breathing deeply into the role of Yazhini.
A Rom-Com Korean movie titled ‘My Dear Desperado’, which comes with a remake through the banners of Studio Green, Thirukumaran Entertainment and Abi & Abi Pictures features Nalan Kumarasamy as the director and Santhosh Narayanan as composer.
Madonna Sebastian plays a girl with bigger dreams – Yazhini, who has desired all her teenage to pursue a high profile job at IT Company. Facing hurdles from her parents, she somehow manages to land up in Chennai for a better job and becomes lucky enough to get one. Her paradisiacal life turns into turmoil after her company shuts down and her pursuit of new job keeps prolonging with luck not favoring her. Unable to meet the financial demands, she comes down to a much little house and over there comes across her neighbour (Vijay Sethupathi), who has served long jail sentence for the sake of his friend. The film traverses into the lives of these two people with contrastive natures and would the situations bring them together,
Nalan Kumarasamy has very well handled the screenplay. Although, the moments are seemingly slow, they gain its immense substantiality through the convincing performances of Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian. On the other end, the hilarious moments have been very well crafted with limited dialogues, but with best expressions from the actors. The sequences like Vijay Sethupathi-Madonna boozing together and the final moments, where the protagonist tries to save Madonna from not missing the interview have been very well pictured. The climax portion is completely emotional and as the girl starts yearning whether she would be able to meet the man who made her life beautiful, audiences too are pushed into the same situation to ponder over it.
Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan is appealing with background score and the songs are merely seen as the background score, which is an additional strength to it. Cinematography is impressive and so is editing that goes with smooth impact.
Overall, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum is a poignant drama of romance that celebrates the beauty of love in a much decorous panache. Maybe, the ones who expected ‘Mass’ avatar of Vijay Sethupathi could not be gratified, but the family audiences will surely love this film for its exquisite treatment.
Verdict: Idyllically impressive with emotions and poignance