Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Kazhugu – Spot on
Director Sathyasiva has come up with a movie that takes a close look at men who are involved in the job of taking bodies of those who commit suicide jumping from the hill top at Kodaikanal. The filmmaker seems to have done intense research and ensures that their emotions are recorded well on big screen.
WIth just a few characters, he has penned a touchy tale. Krishna, Bindhu Madjhavi, Thambi Ramia and Karunas form part of the cast. Jayaprakash plays a restrained role. Music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Read on for Kazhugu Tamil Movie review.
Sera (Krishna) along with his friends Nandu (Karunaas) and Shanmugham (Thambi Ramiah) earns livelihood as body lifters in Kodaikanal. Death is something that feeds them. But romance blossoms between Kavitha (Bindhu Madhavi) and Sera, who retrieves the body of Kavitha’s sister who commits suicide. Sera is convinced to marry Kavitha against all odds. All goes easy and smooth until Ayya (Jayaprakash) comes to the scene. One act of him lands Shanmugham in trouble. Sera and Nandu in big trouble. Finally all ends in a war between them. There is loss of lives and who prevails in the end forms the climax.
Krishna plays a perfect foil as Sera. He emotes well. He has proved that he can do serious roles with ease. Bindhu Madhavi does a decent job, while Karunaas and Thambi Ramiah walks away with applause playing a cool role well. Jayaprakash deserves accolades for pulling it off well. All other characters pitch in their best.
Sathya’s cinematography and Remiyan’s art direction compliments well the script. The camera captures Kodaikanal in natural light. Catch the best of melodious by Yuvan Shankar Raja. His songs are amazing and sweet. SO is his background score. Sathyasiva’s dialogues too are best and cool.
All said, the movie produced by Talking Times is different. It speaks about pain and agony of a particular community. The second half wanders and is lengthy, but still watchable.
*Krishna, Karunaas and Thambi Ramiah’s performance
* Music by Yuvan and camera by Sathya
Debutant director Satyasiva’s Kazhagu is a realistic romantic thriller that seldom loses its grip on your attention. Credible performances from its leads,a nail-biting screenplay along with a fresh milieu makes it an engaging film.
Filmmakers are on the lookout for new premise to set their story and in that department,the director gets full marks to tell a love story in the backdrop of a hill station where a bunch of people makes a livelihood out of recovering dead bodies of suicide victims from almost 3000 feet below or more and carry them up.
Sera(Krishna), is an orphan and vagabond, who along with three others Nandu(Karnas), Chittapa(Thambi Ramaih) and a mute guy live in Kodaikanal. They are experts in finding dead bodies of people who jumps from the notorious suicide points and handing it over to police and relatives for a price. And the beauty of it is that they are a set of happy people who drinks, smokes and have a gala good time during their job. They have no emotion and more than the pittance they earn it is the gold jewellery on the dead bodies that fetch them that extra buck.
In one his assignments, Sera recover the body of a girl whose sister Kavi(Bindu Madhavi)develops a bond with him. The hard boiled moron Sera gets attracted to Kavi who works in a tea factory. Then there is a local big shot (Jayaprakash) who smuggles tea from a rival factory with the help of the estate manager. How Krishna and his gang get entangled with the thugs and his life takes a U turn which ultimately leads to a gory climax forms the rest of the story.
Kazhagu is convincing for the performance put in by the lead actors. Krishna fits the role of Sera and he approaches his part with restraint and minimalist fuss. Bindu Madhavi with her expressive eyes is perfect while Thambi Ramamiah and Karnas provide some light moments without being crude. The other heroes ofthe film are Satya with his eyecatching and efficient camerawork especially the misty night effect shots. Yuvan’s rousing music and background score enhances the story telling and the song he sings “PaathagathiKannupattu…” is a beauty.
On the whole, a good attempt by the team to come out with something new and refreshing. Satyasiva and the team deserves a pat on the back for coming out with a story that is packaged well with the right mix of commercial elements.