Manikandan’s debut flick ‘Kaaka Muttai‘ earned him very good name and thus his second film naturally gathered more expectation. But this film was started much before his first film and it has been released now as his second film. Even before the theatrical release the film has garnered many awards in film festivals across the country. Lets see what the film is about.
Ravi (Vidharth), is a credit card due collector who suffers from tunnel vision and doctors tell him that eye transplantation is the only remedy for which he needs a huge amount. Meanwhile Ravi has the habit of looking his opposite house where Swetha (Aishwarya) stays and he finds that she moves closely with her boss Vijay Prakash (Rahman) and a rich youngster Arun. One fine day, Ravi notices Vijay Prakash looking tensed in front of Swetha’s house and asks him to open the door to find out that she was murdered. Using Swetha’s murder, Ravi gets the monetary gain from both the murder suspects, Arun and Vijay Prakash. Does his need for surgery is fulfilled.? Who is the real murderer forms the rest.
Writers Manikandan and Anand Annamalai have come up with a near flawless script which on the surface is a thrilling murder mystery. The director has kept the narration simple without any unnecessary drama and the situations and the characters appear real. Showing what is tunnel vision and utilizing that in a movie is superb which needs special mention. Film moves slow which suits well for the mystery and run time of under 100 minutes keeps us glued to the screen.
Vidharth as the common man fighting a rare disease is simply outstanding and this film has rediscovered him as an actor. He uses his body language more than anything to express his nature. Pooja has underplayed herself whose minute expressions and reactions are a delight to watch. Rahman is quite good as the rich boss. Aishwarya plays the girl who is the center of the story and emote well. Ilayaraja hooks us with his haunting score and it is the best work of the ace composer. Apart from his command over film making, Manikandan’s cinematography is beautiful to watch on big screen. The idea of showing the tunnel vision of the protagonist is brilliant and the crisp cut by editor Anu Charan is another big plus.
With its mature and unconventional take on a crime scene, and the feel it provides which is of international level and sensibility, Kuttrame Thandanai does Tamil cinema proud and it is clearly showing us the way ahead..!! 🙂