by Sai Shyam G
After the success of Mynaa and Kumki, Prabhu Solomon has come up with yet another poignant love story in Kayal. It is usually not that easy to make films based on intense love as the main theme, as melodrama might set in, if the screenplay is not handled diligently. However, Prabhu Solomon exactly knows the pulse of the audience, and he does not miss the mark this time too.
Aaron (Chandran) and Socrates (Vincent) are unique friends, who work hard for 6 months, earn money and spend it by travelling across India during the rest of the year. During such a trip, Aaron falls for Kayal (Anadhi) instantly and proposes to her. But, it is not a smooth sail for the couple. Will they overcome the challenges (including Tsunami) and unite? The answer is told in Prabhu Solomon’s narrative style.
It is difficult to judge who gets the better off each other among Chandran, Anandhi and Vincent. All the three actors are terrific in their respective roles. Chandran and Vincent carry the entire first half on their shoulders and their timing sense is impeccable. Both of them should go places if they are given the right opportunities. Anandhi makes a lasting impact with her incredible display of emotions, especially in the second half. She is one of the most natural actresses Tamil cinema has seen in the recent past. Prabhu Solomon yet again proves that he cannot go wrong in casting.
Kayal without Imman might not have been the same (no exaggeration here at all). The songs, that are already roaring hits, are beautifully picturized as well by cinematographer Vetrivel Mahendran. ‘Yen Aala Paaka Poren’ song will be ruling the music channels for the next few months. Editor Samuel keeps the film short at 2 hours and 20 minutes, and in spite of few sluggish moments, the movie does not become tedious. Kudos to the VFX team for recreating the Tsunami almost flawlessly.
Direction – Prabhu Solomon
Hats off to Prabhu Solomon for taking up a similar genre for the third consecutive time, and still engage the audience thoroughly. The dialogues that highlight on living at the present instead of worrying about the future, are sure to strike a chord with the audience. Another prominent aspect of the movie is the underlying healthy humour.
Prabhu Solomon seems to enjoy breaking the stereotypes in filmmaking. Just when you might think that a rugged looking lorry driver would harm the leading lady, he turns out to be a kind person. Such moments might be trivial, but a slew of such moments turn the film into an overwhelming experience.
On the downside, the second half slackens a little due to slowing down of the proceedings. It is unacceptable that the protagonist completely forgets about his friend after the Tsunami disaster, but just looks out for his ladylove. Overlooking such flaws, the movie is still a brilliant effort by the team.
Written by Sai Shyam G | Follow @saishyamg