Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer (2013)
Movie: Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer (U)
Cast: Santhosh Ramesh, Manisha Yadav, Poornima Bhagyaraj , Jayaram
Direction: Susindhran
Producer: Saisaravanan
Banner: Red Giant Movies
Music: Yuvan Shanker Raja
Genre: Romance
Run Time: 101 Mins
Release Date : 15 Aug 2013

Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer (2013)

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Director Suseenthiran’s latest offering Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer (AKS) focuses on a growing social problem: the alarming increase in the number of teenage pregnancies.

Released by Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies and produced by Nallu Studios. the film features debutant Santhosh Ramesh and Manisha Yadav, heroine of the critically acclaimed Vazhakku Enn 18/9. Poornima Jayaram, Jayaprakash, Arjun, Thulasi, Durga and others form the rest of the cast.

The plot revolves around Karthik and Shwetha, who are college mates and they hail from upper-middle-class families. While in college, they meet through some common friends and hang out often as a group. Shwetha has a childhood friend Genni, who is very protective of her and often wards off the boys who try to hit on Shwetha, and Karthik’s friend Jai on the other hand encourages him to fall in love. Karthik falls in love with Shwetha eventually, but he hesitates to tell her. On Shwetha’s birthday, Karthik intends to propose her but when he hesitates yet again, Jai lets the cat out of the bag, and tells that Karthik loves her, but then Shwetha responds in the negative. After a series of pursuing and some serious drama like falling from the moving bus, Shwetha agrees to Karthik’s proposal.

Genni advises Shwetha to avoid Karthik, so she doesn’t tell her about the recent developments in her love story. But Genni happens to find out about them, and she confronts Shwetha. Shwetha seems to apologize, but after Genni finds that Shwetha has made Karthik to overhear their conversation by keeping her mobile on call with him, she fights and splits up from Shwetha and complains to Shwetha’s mom that she is going out with some guy. Shwetha manages her mom by blaming that Genni is of bad character and that is why she left her. So to seek revenge, she must be doing this on purpose. Her mom gets suspicious but still believes Shwetha’s side of the story.

Karthik and Shwetha continue to see each other.Soon one thing leads to another and they often be in the company of each other and get intimate during overnight trips and outings. Within two months, Shwetha finds that she has missed her period, coincidentally her mom asks why she has not used her sanitary napkins and there are so many left overs. She manages the situation by telling that she used the pads from her friend’s house when she stayed there.

Shwetha confides in Karthik and few other friends that she might be pregnant and they ask her to perform a self pregnancy test which turns out to be positive. So they go to some unknown place to abort the foetus posing as a married couple. But the doctor gets suspicious when they answer irrelevantly and chucks them out. They find another person who does the abortion through a hostel warden and learn that this new place is pretty expensive. Karthik, Shwetha, Jai and other friends try to arrange for money and finally on the day the abortion is supposed to be done, Shwetha vomits in front of her mother at her house. When her mom insists that they go to a doctor to check for food poisoning, Shwetha becomes restless and shouts at her. Her mom relates the unused pads and her vomiting and her behaviour and realises that she is pregnant and then all commotion starts.

Shwetha’s dad speaks to Karthik’s dad along with few relatives, and they argue. Shwetha’s family, being on the receiving end want to finish the problem by getting them married. But Karthik’s dad is not interested since his reputation will be spoiled. So, the lovers plan to elope and while they are on the way, Shwetha changes her mind and tells that her parents will feel bad. Karthik on the other hand tells that his parents will not agree for them to be together. They argue a lot and that forms a rift between them, but still they stay together and return. The families continue to argue about the marriage, and then finally Karthik’s parents agree, provided Shwetha aborts the baby. But she refuses telling that the sole evidence will be lost and then again Karthik’s parents will not get them married.

Karthik tries to convince her,but it only leads to another argument with Shwetha walking off leaving Karthik and pissing him off. The parents argue about the marriage and when some relatives speak bad about Shwetha and her character being a girl,she has acted like a prostitute and so she must take money for her services and not ask for marriage, Shwetha’s father gets insulted and he leaves the place in tears. When Shwetha’s mom knows this, she fights with Karthik’s parents in front of their house, but Karthik has now changed his mind about marrying Shwetha because of the previous argument between them and he doesn’t care anymore and is hard hearted and selfish when her whole family is in tears in front of his house. That is when Shwetha too decides that she doesn’t want to be with Karthik anymore. And they leave his place.

Finally, it is shown that few months later a baby is born and Shwetha’s dad leaves it in an orphanage. Few years later, we find that Shwetha is happily getting engaged to someone else, while Karthik is busy in a coffee shop flirting with another girl and the little child grows up in the orphanage without parental love and care.

3 Reviews

  1. Rediff

    Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer is compelling

    Though the director offers no solution, he does force us to contemplate the hypocrisy and fickleness of love. The young brash lovers seem to have absolutely no clue that their careless attitude and irresponsible decisions have life altering consequences for others.

    Both lead actors have performed adequately. Manisha is especially good. In her earlier film, Vazhakku Enn 18/9, she had played a class 12 student and in AKS she is a confident young college girl and seems totally comfortable in her character.

    The friends in the first half are fun and provide the comic element. Jayaprakash and Thulasi as Shwetha’s parents have given an impressive performance.

    Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is melodious and pleasing to the ear, particularly the Poovum Poovum number by Vijay Yesudas and Vinaitha.

    A simple and honest screenplay with a liberal dose of realism coupled with some excellent editing, but most of all, the totally unexpected climax, sets this film apart.

  2. Sify

    Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer is a must watch

    The film works because story is relevant to the times and it moves really fast (107 minutes), with a climax that leaves a lump in your throat. The supporting characters mainly Thulasi and Jayaprakash bring a lot of life into the film. And Yuvan’s music and background score is in sync with the theme of the film.

    Suseenthiran has cleverly worked on the script which mirrors how the couple’s immediate family and society at large reacts to a difficult situation. And it is always the girl’s family which suffers the maximum humiliation and suffering. Poornima Bhyagyaraj is ok as the mother of the boy and the person who plays the dad’s role is good. Arjun (KSY fame) is hilarious as the hero’s best friend.

    On the whole Suseenthiran has dared to take the road less travelled. He has come out with a different kind of film which is sure to pull at your heartstrings and at the same time make you think of the realities of life.

  3. Behindwoods

    Suseenthiran is back in form with a short impactful teenage romance

    The running time of the movie is a crisp 106 mins and the screenplay is unwavering. The gripping family drama really takes the movie along, post the intermission and the finale is sure to leave a lump in your heart as we are shown the unfortunate little victim of this entire episode.

    The way both the families react to the crisis on hand and how people respond to the same situation in a different manner, are nice lessons in human behavioral dynamics. This brings out some really engaging drama in the second half. The little child that comes in these scenes is a delight to watch though it’s really heart-wrenching as well.

    On the whole, AKS is a ‘slice of life’ tale topped by a really impactful climax. Teenagers and their parents ought to watch this one, for sure.

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