Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu

Tamil Film Industry has always tried experimentation in different aspects. Irrespective pf the caste and crew, they had given variety on the story and technical sides. Now the latest film to join such a group is ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ acted by many new comers and directed by Suseendran.

This is the story of seven friends who lives in a small village in Madhurai. All of them hail from lower middle class families, are busy with their own occupation in different fields. Some of them run shops, some working as helpers in rich men’s bungalows, some of them worked in thei
r paddy fields etc. But, all of them get united in one activity, while playing the “Kabadi” game. Their team will never miss an opportunity to play a Kabadi tournament happens in their district. Most of the time the end result will be a failure for the team.

Hero Vishnu (new face), who always observes such matches, finally gets a chance to be a part of the team. Heroine (Saranya Mohan, ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’ fame) reaches the village for a short visit on a festival season; she gets in touch with the hero, they loved each other. The team got a chance to participate in a big tournament as per recommendation from a well-wisher (Kishore, ‘Pollathavan’ fame) who had roots in their native. Later he became their coach. He motivated the team to overcome hurdles and failures. With his help whether the weak team achieved their dream is where ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ ends. The writer might have inspired such a situation from the super hit hindi venture ‘Chak de India’.

Excluding heroine Saranya Mohan and Kishore, who comes in a crucial supporting role, all others are new faces. So, usually such a film based on village subject filled with many new artists won’t be so attractive. Here the new director had presented the film very well. Frames set by cinematographer Laxman Kumar helped him to tell the story without boring. Kabadi games are shown remarkably. All the actors have done well, among them the performance of heroine Saranya Mohan and Kishore needs special mention. Songs by Selvaganesh is fine in such a mood.

In ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’, we can witness the real village culture; their happiness, sorrows, love, hatred etc are equally inc
orporated. The climax scene of the race between the bus and the cycle, the dialogue between hero and his friend regarding the mother’s cooking, the scenes in which the villain’s personal grudge gets changed etc are some examples. The scene in which the hero’s childhood period (shown in 35mm) changes to the current area (cinemascope) and the different passage of the bus showing the journey of time shows the caliber of the ace director. Such a climax for the film cannot be easily digested on the cinematic side, but on the realistic sense it is acceptable.

‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’ is a love story told in a different way using the backdrop of Kabadi games.

Rating : 4 / 5

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