Cast: S. J. Suryah, Nayantara, Vivek
Storyline: When Cupid strikes a lady-killer _
Bottomline: So what's new?From Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan to Kamal Haasan and Karthik, many actors have played with élan the role of a Casanova who gives up his philandering ways for true love. Director and actor S. J. Suryah tries out a similar subject in Dream Makers UK5's `Kalvanin Kaadhali' (A) that comes with a teasing tagline. For the first time Suryah has acted for another director. Double entendres and sexual slants that found a place in his earlier films, `New' and `Ah ... Aah,' are noticeable in `Kalvanin ... ' too — to some extent. The story, screenplay, dialogue and direction are by first time maker, Thamizhvaanan. The title, though not original, is a suitable one. That Suryah is honing his skills as an actor, is evident. The increasing spontaneity in his expressions is heartening. But it is hard to swallow the contrived emotions when he tries to fool the heroine's people. (You can't find such a gullible family even in cinema.) Tiffs in love are dime a dozen and estranged lovers being united in the climax is what most love themes deal with. The story of `Kalvanin Kadhali' too runs on these lines.
Nayantara's potential as an actor should suffice to see her through. As Harita, the girlfriend of Sathya, her expressions are right. But her clinging outfits that accentuate her rotundity distract one's attention from her attention. Vivek's comic line is well woven into the story and is not left to fend for itself on a separate track, and that makes it both laughable and absorbing. Sad that Malavika (of `Anni') is allowing herself to be typecast in this fashion. She plays the docile, stereotypical sis-in-law. `Pyramid' Natarajan is his usual, casual self. But why does the affluent dad allow his son Sathya to work elsewhere, especially after the young man has mended his ways and has returned to his fold? The `Tajmahal ... ' number that excels in lyric (Vaali) and music (Yuvan Shankar Raja) is a connoisseur's delight. And equally excelling in choice of words and ideas is the lyric of `Yaeno Kangal ... ' (Na. Muthukumar). However, the negating factor of the song sequences is the excessively made up face of the hero. Surya's make-up artiste could explain that. N. K. Ekambaram's impressive top angle shots and pleasing colour tones are praiseworthy. But stunts seem completely redundant. Suryah's first directorial attempt, `Vaali,' crosses your mind and you wish the man would concentrate more on filmmaking. Thamizhvaanan follows the usual path, but also brings a little freshness to the treatment in `Kalvanin Kadhali.'MALATHI RANGARAJAN