Mar 02 2017
Producer C.V.Kumar has built up a reputation for bankrolling small but interesting films in a variety of genres ranging from sci-fi(Indru Netru Naalai) to horror(Pizza). Like many of the films that he has produced, Adhe Kangal too features actors who are not household names(yet) and a new director. And like those other films, this film, a thriller, also keeps his reputation intact.
Varun(Kalaiyarasan) is a visually challenged chef (the blindness and the intricacy involved in cooking make this an interesting combination. But barring one scene, this skill isn’t really exploited in the film). The film starts off looking like a love triangle as Sadhana(Janani Iyer), a journalist, likes Varun but its Deepa(Sshivada) who Varun falls in love with. This romance is developed nicely even if it is quick, with some small moments that capture Deepa coming to terms with and accepting Varun’s blindness. The Idho Thaanaagave… number helps even if Kalaiyarasan looks completely out of place in the dream sequence portions of the song.
The plot moves forward in interesting fashion after Varun gets into an accident. His actions are natural for someone in his position and don’t seem guided simply by the dictates of the screenplay. The key plot point is pretty obvious much before the actual reveal but it is built up to in an interesting manner and it also doesn’t completely kill the film since there are still some good knots left to unravel. The screenplay is constructed well without any obvious holes, the answers provided(like the way the marks were selected) are satisfactory and its nice that small things from before(like a photograph on the wall of Varun’s restaurant) lead to those answers.
When Balasaravanan is introduced as a constable, it looks like the film would do the same mistake that so many thrillers do – damage the tone of the movie by introducing unnecessary comedy. Though he does crack a few jokes and is mainly employed for comedy relief, he also plays an important part in Varun’s investigation. So his role doesn’t do much damage to the film’s pace.
Among the actors, Kalaiyarasan and Janani Iyer are rather low-key, which helps keep the movie’s look realistic. But the standout is Sshivada who digs into her role with relish. She brings out all the facets of her complex character convincingly and gives the film the energy it needs.
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