KAADHALIKKA NERAMILLAI

A movie review by Balaji Balasubramaniam


Cast: Muthuraman, Ravichandran, Kanchana, Rajasri, Balaiya, Nagesh, Sachu
Music: Viswanathan-Ramamurthy
Direction: Sridhar

With Kaadhalikka Neramillai, director Sridhar, who was the man behind tearjerkers like Kalyana Parisu and Nenjil Or Aalayam, proved that he was equally adept at making light-hearted movies. The movie is a full-length comedy with no villains, fight sequences or sentiments to burden the viewer. With some good performances, memorable comedy sequences and great songs, it has withstood the test of time and still succeeds in being entertaining.

Vasu(Muthuraman) and Ashok(Ravichandran) are close friends. Ashok, who works as an assistant manager on Chinnamalai estate, falls in love with Nirmala(Rajasri), his boss' daughter. But Nirmala's father(Balaiya) refuses to even consider a poor man for his son-in-law. So Ashok asks Vasu to pose as his rich father. It is only when Vasu starts his drama that he realises that Nirmala's sister Kanchana(Kanchana) is none other his lover. So they take the two girls into their confidence. But things start getting out of hand when Vasu's father shows up.

Sridhar presents the uncomplicated story with the simplicity it deserves. Inspite of the concept of a man disguising himself to enter another household, the proceedings are rarely confusing and the whole movie has a smooth flow. The comedy is never loud or obnoxious and includes several clever wordplays as well as physical comedy. The scenes where Balaiya fawns over the disguised Muthuraman are the funniest. Ofcourse, it goes without saying that the comedy is never vulgar either.

Surprisingly, it is Nagesh's portions, barring one memorable sequence, which are the least funny in the movie. As the good-for-nothing son starting his own movie production company, the talented actor is rarely funny. Though he has some nice lines about cinema itself, the track is neither enjoyably satirical nor laugh-out-loud funny. The one stand-out sequence is the one where he narrates a horror story to Balaiya. The sequence is a comedy classic with his sound effects and Balaiya's scared reactions. The scene also has the perfect ending.

Balaiya takes top acting honors as the helpless father. His trademark dialog delivery is funny in itself, whether he is disciplining Nagesh or bending over backwards to please the disguised Muthraman. Nagesh too has a meaty role as the aspiring cinema director. Muthuraman also has fun, especially when he takes advantage of Balaiya. Ravichandran and Kanchana acquit themselves creditably, considering that this is their first movie while Rajasri overacts. But there is no naturalness in their acting or dance steps and it is obvious that every single step, be it a lift of an eyebrow or extending their arms during a song, has been laid out by the director.

Though the songs seems just one or two too many, it cannot be denied that they are all good and easy on the ears. Enna Paarvai..., Naalaam Naalaam... and Nenjathai Alli... are the picks from the lot with their nice melodies. Viswanathan Velai Vendum... is rowdyish and playful without being crude. Nagesh and Sachu show some nice dance steps during their fast and catchy duet. But as in most olden movies, the picturisation of the song sequences is ordinary with the stilted movements of the stars and the repetitiveness of the locations.