Aadukalam | 2011

Genre: Drama /Crime

Author : Srivathsa

Synopsis: "Aadukalam" stands out for its character build

First of all, I have to admit that I admired the final credits, where the director, Vetrimaaran, wisely lists out the films and books, his movie "Aadukalam" was enthused from, right after his directorial credits. The filmography included Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's films, KamalHassan "Virumaandi" and a few more. Rightly so, the cock fight sequences were definitely inspired from Inarritu's grippingly fierce "Amores Perros", only with a different animal. It was the canine in the former. Even when the movie doesn’t get near these inspirations, it has its hold.

The film "Aadukalam", chiefly revolves around three individuals, who are certain about their awareness in the pastoral game of cock fight (visual effects, convincingly done). It’s a story of rivalry, perfidy and allegiance. Dhanush, who plays Karuppu, is as apposite, as he was in Selvaraghavan's Goodfella-ish "Pudhupettai" and so is Kishore, who plays Durai. The first thirty minutes of the movie, didn’t have me by throat; It had shoddy editing; patchy scripting and vague chaotic imagery (unlike Inarritu's offing), but then the movie, swiftly catches the impetus and becomes a surprisingly proficient offering.

The tonal variations of the movie, becomes distinctive, settling itself in restricting the number of characters to a very noticeable few. The characters execute their duty with rightness. "Aadukalam" was more like an assorted box with characters comparable to Joesph Maleknowicz's "All About eve", cock fights analogous to fights in "Amores Perros" and betrayals as in "Virumaandi". It also had a tinge of "Paruthiveeran" at the end. Did I forget to mention, the unimportant, romance in the movie?

Thankfully enough, there were no compulsive fitting of songs, even though it had a few good, well choreographed numbers, quite essential for a commercial movie in the Tamil film industry. The movie is sceptically dark and carries that rustic native look. The only trouble it has is the dilemma on the story; if it has to cross the line between art house and commercial cinema. It sure doesn’t falter for the same reason.

It was quite a delicacy to watch the characters falling into place, so skilfully well. "Aadukalam" is worth an effort, by Vetrimaaran. It succeeds on a few levels; in fact on more important levels of a few marvellously crafted characters, which we don’t quite see regularly, these days in the Indian movie industry.

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