THE PROBLEM with SSR Movies' "Kavidhai" is that they have tried to push in too many incidents into the story when the knots keep appearing one after another they become a hotchpotch of happenings that tire you. Otherwise the performances of the artistes of "Kavidhai" written and directed by Kicha G., passes muster.
Shakti (Vamsi) does what every cinema hero's prime duty in life is he falls in love. It is only much later that he realises that it is unrequited. Riding piggyback on him after hoodwinking her family, the heroine Subalakshmi (Chaya Singh) runs away from home. Shakti takes her with him to Vizag where she gives him the real reason for leaving her house. The twist is not new, but interesting nevertheless. Subalakshmi gets caught in a group involved in the flesh trade and again it is Shakti who rushes to her rescue.
The new hero Vamsi underplays emotions and thankfully does not resort to melodrama when faced with disappointments. In fact you feel he could have been a little more expressive, but on the whole he does a fairly neat job. So it is with Chaya Singh. Both the dads, Sarath Babu and Rajashekar, come out with dignified portrayals. Nalini as the termagant of a stepmother is more a caricature. If Muthukaalai was supposed to make you laugh, he doesn't. Ilavarasu does better. Sukran as the kind-hearted eunuch makes little impact. Thillai Mani, who acts as the hero's friend Raja, tends to over react a little, but makes an impression nevertheless.
Kavi Shanmugam's artwork provides a natural feel to the ambience as a whole. Composer Deva has not exerted himself much. "Kaathavaraya ... " a blatant imitation of the "Manmadha Raasa" song from Chaya Singh's first release, "Thiruda Thirudi," in tune, voices, mood, location and choreography, shows the maker's desperation more than anything else.
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