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Tamil Movie Review - Aadukalam

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Posted: 14 January 2011 at 3:07pm | IP Logged
Aadukalam - Rooster Rules
IndiaGlitz  [Saturday, January 15, 2011]

 Director Vettrimaran proved that he is a man of substance in 'Polladhavan'. He reiterates it with more conviction and courage in 'Aadukalam'. With Dhanush again in the company, he has crafted a story that is meaningful and loaded with faces whom we often see in our midst. The core word is realistic and touchy.

After a sci-fi film in 'Enthiran', Sun Pictures have gone to the roots of our culture and they have managed to produced a film that strikes our heart instantly, which they could feel proud of. Vettrimaran deserves all pat for narrating a simple story with intricate and complex emotions in a nice manner.

The essence of true friendship, love in hatred and hatred in love and betrayal are highlighted in a excellent way by the director. Unlike the regular run-of-the-mill Madurai movies, 'Aadukalam' has more substance to chew for the masses. It is strikingly different and Madurai just forms part of the story.

If Vettrimaran is the flesh and blood, Dhanush is the soul. Doing the roles of boy-next-door is like a cakewalk for this lanky actor. His intense performance is the hallmark of the movie. He leaves a magic with callous dialogue delivery and apt body language. He seems to be in more comfort when he works with Vettrimaran.

Coming to the script, everything is new in 'Aadukalam'. Perhaps a different pitch where Vettrimaran goes all guns blazing. The story unfolds in a suburb in Madurai where cock fight is the most happening thing. Be it sorrow or joy or be it to proclaim the superior status in the village, rooster fight is played with all seriousness.

K P Karuppu (Dhanush) does everything and works tirelessly for Pettaikaran (Jayabalan). Pettaikaran is a stud in the sport and he had won many cock fights .There is one Dorai (Kishore), who too is an assistant to Pettaikaran. Obviously ego flare up between Dorai and Karuppu is bound to to be there.

Karuppu comes across an Anglo Indian girl Irene (Taapasee), living in the nearby railway colony. Innocent Karuppu tries ways and means to impress Irene. Meanwhile there is a cop in the same town - Rathnaswamy (Naren) who is also involved in cock fight and a name to reckon with in the sport.

All troubles break loose when he plans a fight with Pettaikaran. They manage to obtain permission from all authorities concerned and the sport for prestige begins. Interestingly the former adopts all fraudulent methods to scuttle Pettaikaran. When Pettaikaran loses at the start, enters Karuppu to save his master's pride.

He matches Rahtnaswamy's tricks and emerges winner. A jealous Pettaikaran now disowns Karuppu. The victory brings laurels in Karuppu's shoulder and soon he becomes a star in the neighbourhood. Pettaikaran plan a plot to avenge him. This enmity snowballs in to a huge crisis leading to a racy climax.

'Aadukalam' is a whiff of fresh air in cliched Tamil cinema. Dhanush is at it giving one of his best . He is right there giving an astounding performance from frame one. He is at ease with Madurai diction of Tamil. WIth a perfect body language, Dhanush walks away with all aplomb.

Jayabalan is a perfect choice for the character of Pettakaran. He lives up to the role and delivers dialogues with such power and punch. Kishore as usual does the job entrusted to him well. But a surprise package in the cast is Taapsee. She in the role of Anglo Indian girl is simple, sweet and elegant.

Vettrimaran has entrusted that it should not just be a superior product with a strong story but should be technically-rich. Dialogues and razor sharp editing (Kishore) besides cool visuals of Velraj adds strength. G V Prakash's catchy musical score is another plus for the film. Songs and background score go hand-in-hand withe the theme.

However on the flip side, some dragging moments in second half could have been avoided. On the whole, it was an different experience watching a different film. Hats off Vettrimaran and team and three cheers to Dhanush.

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Dhanush and Vetrimaran once again hits the bulls' eye! Their second film together Aadukalam is gutsy and a brilliant film. Dhanush is simply outstanding, his career best performance. It is also Sun Pictures best ever production, a film that they can be proud of.

What makes it tick are it is a story of ordinary people, told in a realistic way with human emotions about friendship, betrayal, jealousy, petty ego that leads to havoc in the life of a youth. The milieu and presentation are truly international.

The film is set in a suburb of Madurai where rooster or Cock fights is a major sport. Karuppu (Dhanush) is an understudy of Pettaikaran (Jayabalan) considered as the best in business. Karuppu thinks the world of his mentor, who prefers his other assistant Dorai (Kishore) more. Karuppu is an innocent good fella who falls for an Anglo Indian girl Irene (Taapasee) living in the nearby railway colony.

Pettaikaran most bitter foe is a policeman Retnasamy (Nareyn) whose family for years used to conduct and win trophies in cock fighting. Retnasamy decides to have one last cock fight between his team and that of Pettaikaran and emerge triumphant for the sake of his dying mother. The fight is conducted after a special permission is given by police and local bodies. In the crucial fight Retnasamy using drug induced rooster's in the first round, trounces Pettaikaran. At this point to save the face of his guru Karuppu enters the fray with his rooster.

Pettaikaran is upset and announces through the mike that Karuppu is not a member of his team, but the underdog goes on to create the biggest upset. Karuppu's victory makes his mentor bitter and jealous as he is crowned the new king of cockfights. This creates hidden animosity in Pettaikaran who plots for the downfall of Karuppu leading to a riveting climax.

Ultimately however, Aadukalam belongs to one man and one man alone. Investing in his character a lot of realism and protecting it from ever turning into a caricature, Dhanush delivers a performance that is arresting. The character conveys volumes through his eyes and Dhanush lives in the role of Karuppu. Jayabalan is a revelation as Pettaikaran and Kishore is outstanding as Dorai. Debutant Taapsee is a promosing find and she suits the character of an Anglo Indian girl to the T.

Technically, the film has many brownie points-The film's dialogues are sharp and mesh in well with the scenes. Velraj's cinematography is one of Aadukalam's greatest strengths; and even actors in bit roles leave a lasting impression.

A major plus is GV Prakash Kumar's background score and the Yathe Yathe... song lingers in your mind even after you leave the theatre. The rooster fight in the interval point is the major highlight.

Minuses? It is too classy and difficult to comprehend for an ordinary viewer. The first half is very racy and entertaining while the second half towards the climax drags and some characters like Retnasamy disappear in the second half.

Every once in a while comes a film touch both heart and mind; films that make you surrender completely to the power of the experience. Aadukalam lives up to the expectation that the film carried and the credit goes to Vetrimaran whose research and hard work shows on screen. We recommend Aadukalam.

Verdict: Brilliant


The songs are hits and I somehow knew Vetrimaran-Dhanush combination will click out this time too...looking forward to watch itTongue Anyway, few has written the 2nd half was kind of dragging, while some means its more thrillingErmm

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Posted: 16 January 2011 at 12:59am | IP Logged
Thanks Palo and Melz for the reviews...
cant wait to hear the BGM too and also KP Karuppu's madurai slang...
wow looks like a good one to watch.. am an avid fan of madurai based movies... so hope to catch it...

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