Cast: Gautham Karthik,Thulasi Nair, Arjun, Arvind Swamy
Producer: Mani Ratnam and A Manohar Prasad
Director: Mani Ratnam
Music: AR Rahman
Release Date: 1 Feb 2013
Genre: Romance, Drama
Run Time: 164 minutes
After the failure of Raavanan, filmmaker Mani Ratnam has taken more than two years to mould his next master-piece, which features newcomers like Gautham Karthik and Thulasi Nair in the lead roles. His latest directorial venture has simultaneously been made and released in Tamil as Kadal and in Telugu as Kadali. Prior its release, the videos and posters of the film have created huge amount of expectations about it.
Kadal is a beautiful romance drama with some commercial ingredients like action and punch dialogues. Debutante Gautham and Arjun Sarja’s electrifying performances are the main attraction in the movie. AR Rahman’s music, Rajiv Menon’s visual treat, Jeyamohan’s wonderful script and Mani Ratnam’s elegant narration and dialogues, beautiful artworks, costumes and locations are its other strengths.
Kadal revolves around life of Christian fishermen, who instill the fact that how faith can sometimes lead to the triumph of humanity. Set in the background of a fishing village, the film tells the story of an individual, who is caught up between sin and redemption. Mani Ratnam has beautifully intertwined this subject with a love story.
Kadal is all about good versus evil. It is a war between two characters, who have contradicting thoughts and beliefs and ultimately good will prevail over evil. The story begins with Berman (Arjun Sarja) challenging Sam Fernando of teaching him a lesson, after the latter was asked to leave from an institution for committing a mistake.
Then, Sam Fernando turns a priest and comes to a fishing hamlet to revive a church, which is in dilapidated state. It comes to the place where people have least respect towards the religion. He gradually wins the trust of the people and turns guru to Thomas (Gautham Karthik), a mischievous kid. Suddenly, Berman enters the picture with several wounds on his body. Sam saves his life and Berman expresses his wish to meet his lover played by Lakshmi Manchu.
The story takes a twist here and the father sees himself behind the bars due to Berman’s cunning tricks. At this juncture, Berman woos Thomas, who is in love with Beatrice played by Thulasi Nair, pulls Thomas to his side and what happens next should be seen on-screen.