Directors: R. Rozario and K.Maheswaran
Cast: Karthik Kumar, Aparna Nair, Ramalingam, `Stunt' Murali and Suma.
Storyline: A servant who wants to become an actor gets involved in a murder.
Bottomline:Bold attempt but lacks pace.Very rarely does one come across a film sans comedy or other commercial elements. Here's an exception. With just half a dozen characters and the action largely confined to a bungalow, Kesav Productions' `Edhuvum Nadakkum,' directed by K. Maheswaran and R. Rozario, is a bold attempt at providing some edge-ofthe- seat moments.
Naga (Karthik Kumar), awannabe actor, is the caretakerof a bungalow ownedby Ramalingam (Ramalingam).Ramalingam's granddaughterPooja (AparnaNair) comes from Singaporeto visit her grandfatherwithout informinghim. When she arrives, Ramalingamis away and expectedto return only thefollowing day.
Meanwhile, Naga whowhets his appetite for actingby taking part in the localkoothu performances, isdenied permission to go onstage by the head of the performinggroup mainly becauseof his nagging wifeSwarna (Suma) - she doesnot like him acting in plays.What happens when a disappointedNaga comes backhome deepens thesuspense.
Not engrossing enoughIf only the directors hadpacked the screenplay withinteresting incidents, thedigital film running for lessthan 100 minutes wouldhave been engrossing. Alsothe camera zooming in onthe fa‡ade of the bungalowand the passing clouds inthe sky every now andthen is distracting. If it ismeant to have a frighteningimpact on viewers, itonly has the oppositeeffect.
Karthik Kumar, an experiencedtheatre artiste, isgood in parts. Aparna Nairemotes well. Ramalingamis apt in the role of thegrandfather and the samecan be said about `Stunt'Murali who comes in theend as a police officer.Though Suma as Naga'swife appears on screen as acorpse for a few seconds,she's heard more on thephone, which creates thenecessary impact on viewers.
Cameraman Bernard S.David seems to have followedthe directors' instructions.Raj has scoredthe music which is, attimes, loud. The only songin the film, `Rajadhi Raja',written by J. Ramesh andsung by Manikkavinayagam,hardly makes an impact.
In this type of film, aneditor's role is crucial; herePeterbabiya's work leavesmuch to be desired. Thedialogue by K. Maheswaran,who has also writtenthe story and screenplay,passes muster.S. R. ASHOK KUMAR