Banner: Talking Times, Arun Film Entertainments
Production: K.K.Sekhar and K.S.Madhubala
Star-casts: Krishna Sekhar, Bindu Madhavi, Karunaas, Thambi Ramaiah, Praveen, Jayaprakash, Nellai Siva, Sujibala and others.
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
While Rajnikanth’s film titles are acquired, it becomes an additional attraction for the film. But Kazhugu proves to be little different from other movies. From his debut movie Alibaba, actor Krishna has been choosy with the themes he has been choosing. While Alibaba revolved around some theft on bank account, Kattradhu Kalavu was patently based on a unique thriller. This time, he switches over to rural side set in backdrops of Kodaikkanal.
Produced by K.K. Sekhar and K.S. Madhubala under the banner name of Talking Times in collaboration with Arun Film Entertainments, the film is directed by Sathyasiva, who has handled story and screenplay as well.
The film revolves around five characters – Sera (Krishna), Nandhu (Karunaas), Shanmugam (Thambi Ramaiah), Ayya (Jayaprakash) and Kavitha (Bindhu Madhavi).
Sera, Nandhu and Shanmugam belong to Kazhugu team that works recovering the bodies of suicide victims down the hills of Kodaikkanal. Though they aren’t into a white-collar job, the lead a very happy and peaceful life… Krishna comes across a beautiful girl Kavitha while recovering her sister’s body over the hillside along with her boyfriend. Soon she falls in love with him after knowing his good nature. When everything goes well between them, a twist in tale occurs through Ayya (Jayaprakash). While carrying forth with his illegal activities, his henchmen attack few policemen and throw up their bodies down the hill.
Ayya insists them not to recover their bodies, but on contrary Kazhugu team out on humanity heed to the petitions of the family members.
What unfolds next is a series of unexpected twists and turns that lets Kazhugu team into bizarre of problems.
As mentioned earlier, the film has a gripping screenplay. Since the theme is quite serious, the director has added more humor elements with the characterizations. There aren’t big minuses in the movie and the technical aspects of the film are so enchanting. Yet another factor to be appreciated about the director is that the scenes of recovering the dead bodies have been shown with softness avoiding the violent attributes.
Actor Krishna reaches the next level of his career with a decent performance. Maybe, he didn’t get much to score with his previous movies as they were bounded to director’s script. But this one offers more scope to his performance and he excels with surpassing adeptness. Bindhu Madhavi lives under the skin of her characterization. Her innocent looks are the additional attraction to her role.
After a very long time, we see Karunaas in a significant character and National award winner Thambi Ramaiah makes an impressive show as before. Jayaprakash sleepwalks through his role.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs contribute a lot enhancing the visual aspects. Sathya deserves tons of appreciations for his top-notching cinematography and so is sleek editing by Praveen and Srikanth.
On the whole, Kazhugu deserves a watch and it wins appreciations of audiences in many places.
Verdict: The Daring Eagles
R. Richard Mahesh