CAST: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Tamannah, Vadivukkarasai, Poo Ram
DIRECTION: Seenu Ramasamy
Seenu Ramaswamy’s movies, be it Neerparavai or Dharma Durai, often explore the different layers of human emotions with a tinge of social relevance. His latest Kanne Kalaimaane also is about humanity and relationships, but the approach is simple and straightforward without any drama or conflict in the narration, and the result is only mildly engaging.
The film is about what happens when a couple of good-hearted people leading an honest life come across each other. Kamalkannan is an educated farmer who advocates organic farming and leads a contended life with his dad (Poo Ram) and grandmother (Vadivukkarasi) in Chozhavandhan, a small town near Madurai. Kannan is a do-gooder who helps the needy to be self-sufficient and get loans from the bank. Enters Bharathi (Tamannah) who takes charge of the village cooperative bank. With so many loans in his name, Bharathi initially mistakes Kannan as an intentional defaulter. However, soon she learns of his good nature and falls for him. Kannan also falls for Bharathi’s charm and beauty. Thankfully, the duo doesn’t fly to some exotic abroad locations for a romantic song. Instead, they discuss with their respective families. Though Kannan’s grandma is in no mood to accept a girl from another community, all ends well, and the couple unites in wedlock. But a tragedy strikes.
The entire first half moves at a snail’s pace and Seenu just establishes the various characters. And it does discuss political issues including the plight of farmers, farm loans, the NEET exam, feminism but they are just mere references without any further drive.
Udhayanidhi who of late comes out of his comfort zone does his character with aplomb. He scores in emotional scenes too. Tamannah in a de-glam role sporting custom-made cotton attires plays a perfect foil and given a creditworthy performance. The ever-dependable Vadivukkarasi shines in the given space. Poo Ram is equally impressive and Vasundhra as Udhay’s friend in an interesting character utilizes her limited screen space well.
But the problem with the film is its lack of entertaining elements, which inevitably gives a documentary feel to the proceedings. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is mellifluous and goes well with the tone of the film....