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Kadhaludan

DEVAYANI'S PROFOUND statements on love and choice of life partners in Raade Films' "Kadhaludan" appear more like a personal exposition of the producer couple — the heroine and her husband, director Rajakumaran.

"Kadhaludan" is a neat family drama all right — but is filmmaker Rajakumaran's story plausible, screenplay taut, dialogue pertinent and direction crisp, are questions that cannot be answered in the affirmative.

Kalyan (Murali) does not want to just go and see his mother's choice of a girl for him and decide things. The formality could hurt the sentiments of the girl, he feels. Fine. But the devious approach, the convoluted way in which he goes about watching his bride-to-be, Kavitha (Devayani), and the unnecessary element of secrecy, are just too much for any rational viewer. There is suspense that leads to the story of the second hero, Abbas, after which matters become quite predictable.

The screenplay is hampered mainly by lengthy, meandering dialogue that proves tiresome. Murali's monologues in particular test your patience — makers should realise that nobody has the time or inclination for sermons and axioms anymore. Even if they have to be included, they should be done with finesse and subtlety. The climax, for example, has a simple twist that would have made an impact, only if Kalyan had observed silence after a point.

For Murali the role of a soft, caring hero is a cakewalk. Abbas, Radharavi and Ramesh Kanna are apt. Vinu Chakravarthy lends dignity even to a ridiculous character. Strangely, neither Devayani nor her father feels even slightly embarrassed or sad that a near stranger has to work as a labourer in the moneylender's house, to repay their debt. Devayani as the heroine is her appealing self.

The jarring noise that attacks your eardrum in the name of re-recording spoils the effectiveness of some of the scenes.

"Kadhaludan" is a family story without double entendres and suggestive item numbers. If only more care had been taken in the other departments viz., story and dialogue, it would have been more interesting.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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