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Naan Kadavul

Director: Bala

Cast: Aarya, Pooja

Spell binding, captivating, haunting, exhilarating and outlandishly gory sums up Naan Kadavul; yet another master-piece by Bala. Handling a film that deals with three issues and giving equal importance to each of them while linking them to form a riveting screenplay with out the audience being bored is no less a mammoth task in which Bala succeeds but only after taking ample cinematic liberties. It takes immense strength to handle certain sequences that Bala exhibits in this documented drama; one being the introduction sequence of the physically challenged; he hits you hard on the face with the way he projects the harsh reality. Bala should also be applauded for touching many a controversial topics from who & where is God to the third eye of Shiva and finally to I am God.

All said if you analyse all Bala movies one cant but deny that the central theme remains the same in all of them: An outcast, who is made to believe he is more than human brought into civilization, where he due to unavoidable circumstances faces a local don dealing in certain unspeakable job all leading to a gory climax where the antagonist as well as a central character die. His scripts always have some scenes in which the judicial system is ridiculed, while his protagonist gives fiery expressions or wild caricatures or beats up anyone as he likes for no reasons backed by haunting re-recording of Illayaraja.

The major draw of the movie is Pooja who steals the show from Aarya reducing him to be only a well known enigma. Cinematography and editing is top notch for a film which mainly depends on the feel rather than scenes. If not for Illayaraja this movie would never be as good as it seem to be. On the whole watch it to get haunted.


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