Haridas (2013)
Movie: Haridas (2013)
Starring: Kishore,Sneha Prasanna,Soori
Director: G.N.R. Kumaravelan
Producer: Dr.V.Ramadoss
Banner: Dr V Ram Productions
Music: Vijay Antony
Release Date: 22 Feb 2013
Genre: Drama

Haridas (2013)

Good: Direction, flawless storyline, lead cast performance, cinematography, BGM
Bad: Few unnoticed - Movie length, commercial song, climax
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Cop stories more often than not turn out to be violent affairs with the focus on action. But Haridas by GNR Kumaravelan comes with a difference. It is about a man – an encounter specialist – who also brings up an autistic son

It is a testing role for Kishore in Haridas, who came to the fore in the Dhanush-starrer Polladhavan and has gone places since then. He fits the role of a police officer very well and carries the movie competently. Sneha shows her acting prowess in ample measure in a dignified role as a teacher of special children, while the young lad Prithivraj Das as Kishore’s son takes a huge chunk of the credit.

Sivadas, a fearless cop on a mission inching closer to nabbing local rowdy Aadhi, is forced to leave the mission after he takes custody of his autistic son, Haridas, due to an unfortunate event. While the rest of the students of his age are school-goers and can speak fluently, Haridas still finds it extremely difficult to mouth a single word.

With great difficulty, the eight-year old boy is admitted to a school for normal kids. Amudhavalli, a teacher specialised in dealing with special children, is handed over the responsibility of Haridas. Over a period of time, Haridas and his teacher develop a relationship beyond understanding.

Meanwhile, a visit to the doctor reveals that Haridas is not a disabled child but a special one who needs care and affection more than sympathy. As the father spends every passing minute with his son, he comes to learn about what he likes the most. What did the father discover and how does he help his son realise his dreams? This forms the rest of the story.

6 Reviews

  1. IANS

    “Haridas” is definitely a whiff of fresh air.

    The film brings to the fore a simple question – if you were a father of a similar child, then what would you do? The answer to this question is in the film and the brilliance with which it is answered needs to be appreciated.

    Despite being mostly emotional, the film engages audiences by striking a perfect balance between the two sub-plots — father-son relationship and hunt for Aadhi. Kishore was a righteous police officer before a doting father and, therefore, even as he spends most of his time with his son, he keeps track of the developments of the case.

    He personally gets involved when one of his associates goes missing without a trace. The director has handled this part with such deftness that it’s nearly impossible to highlight flaws. On the contrary, the climax, which may or may not work in favour of the film, may draw mixed responses but it’s debatable.

    The film’s strength is the characters and their performances. Kishore, popularly known for his villain roles, stuns everybody with his performance as dutiful cop and ever loving father. The varied emotions he expresses in the two different roles are proof to his caliber. Sneha manages to impress in her role as an enthusiastic teacher while the young boy as Haridas is inspiring.

    The film does appear a tad slow occasionally, but on the whole doesn’t fail to arouse interest. The narrative does appear stretched and had the director excluded two songs, it would have made an impact. Nevertheless, it is an effort that is sure to attract lot of attention from the masses.

    Rathnavelu’s cinematography is top notch and his best is brought forth in the song “Annaiyin Karuvil” while Vijay Anthony’s music is partly good.

  2. India Glitz

    All said, Haridas is a simplistic piece of story sure to woo the parents of special kids to look in a different perspective. Deft movie with a pinch of realism!

    Director’s selection of cast is one of the biggest Pillars of the movie which is capable of withholding even skyscrapers. With a flawless storyline, he asserts the strength of the movie on the lead cast who emote by ringing our soul bells. Kishore injects realistic acting and gives you the impression of a neighbor in your street struggling to find a grip over fatherhood. Sneha’s acting skills are not something new and she is brilliant as a simple motivational teacher. We might call this movie off as a motivational movie, but then not once has this movie tried the usual dose of inspirational, stimulating or stirring speeches. The boy’s role essayed by Prithivraj is laudable and this year’s youngest find is here without a doubt. For a first timer he creates such an emotional bond with the audience by fitting his shoes perfectly into the role of a special kid who needs much more attention.

    Despite all these drama the director doesn’t forget the other plot of the movie, the one with a dutiful cop not letting his hair down in hunting down the criminals. Soori provides the comedy relief with his nut filled gimmicks now and then. Cinematography by Rathnavelu is clinical in showing every scene with required ambience. Vijay Antony’s BGM is superb and the signature tune keeps running in your mind for a long time.

    A common mistake which might go unnoticed for a few, the length of the movie stretches a bit longer. A commercial song doesn’t fit in to a movie of this genre making it questionable. The climax of the movie leads to an argument of how fitting it could have been, yet is sure to bring about mixed reactions among movie goers.

  3. Sujai

    Haridas: sensitive handling with cinematic brilliance

    It is Kishore all the way as the man caught between call of duty and his role as father of an autistic son and he comes up trumps with a measured performance. He seems to be enjoying his time under the sun as this film comes after a strong performance the forest brigand Veerappan in ‘Vana Yuddham.’ Another show-stealer is the young lad Prithviraj Das, who shines as the autistic lad. While Kishore’s performance is the highlight of the film, the role of Sneha adds a lot of luster to Haridas. Sneha deserves a pat for his role as the teacher for special kids.

    Rathnavelu’s camera work is marvelous. Especially the scenes in the rain, near race course road, and the climax fight.

    Vijay Antony’s tunes sound good but they fail to linger in our mind. But his background score is superb. It goes well with the mood of the film.

    Haridas is an adorable effort on Celluloid. It has come as fresh air among load of mindless flicks that try in vain to entertain or engage us.

  4. Sugumar

    Despite a stretched narration, Haridas doesn’t fail to arouse interest…

    With precision and conviction, director GNR Kumaravelan has poignantly narrated one of the best father-son relationships on screen. Out of a handful of films dealing about human disabilities, “Haridas” undoubtedly tops the list for not being preachy. It addresses a rapidly growing domestic issue with subtlety and unparalleled sensitivity. One might not find this film entertaining but it’s unlikely to find reasons to hate it either.

    The film brings to the fore a simple question – if you were a father of a similar child, then what would you do? The answer to this question is in the film and the brilliance with which it is answered needs to be appreciated.

  5. rafi

    must watch public and parents. gud movi gud diologue. gud acting kishore,sneha and prithvi

  6. Ps

    Good movie.

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