Kadal is a Tamil romantic thriller film directed and co-produced by Mani Ratnam. The film features debutantes Gautham Karthik, son of actor Karthik, and Thulasi Nair, daughter of Radha, in the lead roles. The film marks comeback of actor Arvind Swamy. The music and background score for the film is done by A. R. Rahman. The film revolves around life of Christian fishermen who instill the fact that how faith can sometimes lead to the triumph of humanity. The film is titled Kadali, as the dubbed Telugu version. The film is released worldwide on February 1, 2013 in both the versions.
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by A. Manohar Prasad
Written by Jeyamohan
Screenplay by Mani Ratnam, Jeyamohan
Story by Jeyamohan
Starring Karthik, Thulasi Nair, Arjun, Arvind Swamy, Thambi Ramiah, Lakshmi Manchu
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Rajiv Menon
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio Madras Talkies
Distributed by Gemini Film Circuit, Thirupathi Brothers
After the failure of Raavanan, filmmaker Mani Ratnam has taken more than two years to mould his next master-piece, which features newcomers like Gautham Karthik and Thulasi Nair in the lead roles. His latest directorial venture has simultaneously been made and released in Telugu as Kadali and Tamil as Kadal. Prior its release, the videos and posters of the film have created huge amount of expectations about it.
Kadali is a beautiful romance drama with some commercial ingredients like action and punch dialogues. Arjun Sarja, Aravind Swamy and debutante Gautham’s performances are the main attraction in the movie. AR Rahman’s music, Rajiv Menon’s visual treat, Jeyamohan’s wonderful script and Mani Ratnam’s elegant narration and dialogues, beautiful artworks, costumes and locations are its other strengths.
Kadali revolves around life of Christian fishermen, who instill the fact that how faith can sometimes lead to the triumph of humanity. Set in the background of a fishing village, the film is about the life and times of a young boy Thomas, who meets Beatrice. The story is universal in many ways. It is about good versus evil as the hero is caught between sin and redemption. Mani Ratnam has beautifully intertwined this subject with a love story.
The basic plot is about good and evil, Mani Ratnam narrates it in very complex way by digging into many layers and sub texts. The director tries to capture biblical themes as a part of his characters/screenplay and questions his audience about sin and punishment for it.
Sam Fernandez (Arvind Swamy), who is sincere and dedicated, and Bergmans (Arjun), who is fun loving guy are undergo training for priesthood at a Christian Seminary. But following a few difference between them, they choose different paths of life. Sam comes to a sea side town and starts his life as a father in a Church. He meets a young orphan boy Thomas (Gautham Karthik), who has lost his mother and takes special interest in this boy. Years later, Thomas falls in love with Bergmans’ daughter Beatrice (Thulasi Nair). What happens next will form the crux of the story.