Cast: Dhanush, Tapasee, Kishore, Jayabalan, Naren
Vetrimaaran is one director who always banks on his script and power-packed performances to make a good film.
The film revolves around rooster fights and the people involved in them. There are two groups of people in a village near Madurai who try to get the better of each other in rooster fights. One group includes Karuppu (Dhanush), Durai (Kishore) and is led by Pettaikaran (Jayabalan).The other group is led by a police officer Ratnasamy (Naren), whose efforts to win against Pettaikaran always go in vain.
Karuppu falls for Irene (Tapasee), an Anglo-Indian girl. Pettaikaran turns against Karuppu after the latter wins a big tournament, as he can't digest Karuppu's instant stardom. What follows then is a series of events that show all human emotions like jealousy, ego, friendship, trust and betrayal.
Dhanush is a revelation. Be it expressions or dialogue delivery or simple dance movements, he has done his best. He has graduated to the next level in acting. All supporting actors have given a neat performance. G.V. Prakash Kumar's music is scintillating. Yaathe Yaathe and Ayyayo are foot-tapping numbers and have gone down well. The film is technically brilliant and cinematographer Velraj must be given due credit.
Vetrimaaran has proved that he is not a ‘flash in the pan' and that he is here to stay. His screenplay is brilliant and that is why even when a rooster wins, there is thunderous applause in the movie hall. The pre-interval rooster fight is one of the major highlights. He has held the attention of the viewers for the most part of the film. The second half may seem to be slow paced, but when human emotions are portrayed with such precision, that is quite understandable.
Bottomline: “Aadukalam” is one of the best films in recent times. Just go for it.
SAI SHYAM G., Final Year, B.E. ECE, Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering