Tamil cinema has evolved a lot in the recent past and it has come a long way from clichéd hero-centric films. 'Kazhugu' by Satya Siva is one more in the list of 'different movies'.
The flick takes a look at a few ordinary people who do extraordinary things. 'Kazhugu' is about men for whom death is like a child's play and it holds no meaning in their lives. They earn their livelihood by locating and retrieving bodies from the hills of Kodaikanal.
Krishna, after 'Alibaba' and 'Kattradu Kalavu', gets a movie that is apt and appropriate for him. He plays 'body lifter' who has no place for emotions in his life. Three cheers to director Satya Siva for getting the best out of Krishna.
Krishna has proved that he has arrived at the big league by playing a tricky character with such ease. He is complimented well by Bindhu Madhavi. As the protagonist's ladylove, she has given a matured performance, while Karunaas and Thambi Ramaiah as Krishna's friends steal the show with their quality performance. Jayaprakash as usual walks away with applause playing a neat cameo.
The entire movie unfolds in Kodaikanal where Sera (Krishna), Nandu (Karunaas), Shanmugham (Thambi Ramaiah) lead their lives by lifting the bodies of those who commit suicide in the hill station.
At one instance, Sera brings the body of a girl who dies due to love failure. Sera's amiable ways result in the victim's sister Kavitha (Bindhu Madhavi) developing an affinity towards him. After a serious of events Sera is convinced that Kavitha would be his ideal wife. Thanks to Nandu and his wife Valli (Sujibala), Kavitha's parents agree for the wedding of their daughter with Sera.
When things seem to go well in their lives, Ayya (Jayaprakash) enters. One act of him lands Shanmugham, Sera and Nandu in big trouble. Finally all boils down to a bloody battle.
If Krishna is the heart of the movie then Bindu Madhavi is the soul. Both compliment each other to give the best performance so far in their careers.
Krishna pours out right emotions. Anger, agony, sorrow and joy are expressed convincingly by him. He is good at humor and action as well. Bindu Madhavi lets her expressive eyes do all the talking.
Karunas and Thambi Ramaiah hog equal screen space. Both give a natural performance and fit their roles to a T. A restrained performance by Jayaprakash deserves appreciation. The likes of Sujibala and Nellai Siva contribute their best.
Yuvan Shankar Raja reminds us of his father, the maestro Ilayaraja, with his melodious songs and soul-stirring background score. P Satya's camera captures Kodaikanal in a different color. The visuals are extraordinary. Adding authenticity to the theme, art director (Remiyan) and choreographer (Dinesh) have done their best for 'Kazhugu'.
Produced by Talking Times, 'Kazhugu' is indeed a bright movie on a dark theme. The film is sure to bring identity for the cast and the crew.