"Kaalaatpadai"... dialogue is the strength of this film.
PRODUCER CHOZHA Ponnurangam, who introduced quite a few stars in the Tamil field like hero Ajith and `Thalaivasal' Vijay, has come with eight new faces this time in Chozha Creations' "Kaalaatpadai." The first half narrates how love blossoms between the hero and the heroine and second half tells us how they manage to tie the knot with the blessing of the elders.
It does remind one of "Kadhallukku Mariyadhai." Only the heroine is from an orthodox Brahmin family. Now, is it not high time filmmakers left the community alone? A trend set 20 years ago has not changed, in the absence of protest or even a mild objection from the targeted group. Jai and his friends while away their time, making passes at girls and having a lark when they get some money. They do not pay heed to `Thalaivasal' Vijay (nice performance as a father who has lost his only son when he is about to get a job), who advises the youth to find themselves jobs. Jai falls in love with his friend's sister, Vidhu, a development disapproved by the elders. The lovers, however, manage to convince their parents. Neither the story nor the theme is new. But credit must be given to director, J. Ramesh, who has written the story, for the screenplay and the artistes for their performance. Ramesh's dialogue actually is the strength of the film. Cinematography by D. Cheenu is average. The songs set to tune by Bharadwaj are, in general disappointing. Three numbers, ``Imaigalin Oram" by S. P. Balasubramaniam and ``Kadhal Endra Theeyai" by Krishnaraj (both written by J. Ramesh) and ``Manitha Manitha" by Kamakodian are melodious. Bharadwaj must pay attention to the background score. Both the new find Jai and Vidhu have given good accounts of themselves. They make a charming pairThe other new face Arun is promising. Vijay Ganesh, Antony, Ameeth, Riyaz and Santhosh fit the bill neatly. Livingston, Radha Ravi, Jothi, Kuyili and Rajasekar provide able support.
S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
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