Director: Lena Movender
Cast: Mithun, Aparna, Anu, Sarathbabu, Ugendran, Shanmugarajan, Singa Muthu, ’Scissor’ Manohar, ‘Crane’ Manohar, Muthukalai, S.A.Rajkumar, Shankar Ganesh and Nithya.
Storyline: Two school boys are playing and disaster strikes. One ends up losing his vision, restored years later by his friend’s gesture.
Bottomline: Told in flashback it sustains the interest of the audience to some extent.
It is a love story. And as usual there are ups and downs to the tale. Director Lena Movender uses flashback for the narrative with clarity. SS Pictures’ ‘Kannukkulle’ has some credible moments as the director has seasoned actors such as Sarath Babu, Yugendran and Shanmugarajan to help him keep the story moving. Their experience and hard work show in the frames as each one’s performance shines. Aparna has also done her role creditably. The best part is Ilaiyaraja’s music, which is the film’s backbone.
Unfortunately, newcomers Mithun and Anu reveal their inexperience as they obviously struggle to cope with the screenplay, which is by the director.
The storyline is woven around the idea of friendship. Accident overtakes two school students and one of them loses his eyesight. Years later, the other donates his eyes to his friend restoring his vision.
Now, a new complication surfaces. Able to see again, the hero’s perception has changed and he does not want to marry his friend’s sister as he cannot imagine her as his wife. Mithun, as the hero, has very little dialogue, and so is convincing in his enactment. But as his wife, Aparna does most of the talking. She is not only bold, but her body language perfectly suits her part. The couple’s baby steals hearts with her looks and speech.
The comedy works out in bits and pieces with ‘Crane’ Manohar, Muthukalai and Alva Vasu. S.A. Rajkumar and Shankar-Ganesh are the music directors and it is Ilaiyaraja’s music that enhances the storyline. The camera, handled by Nagasaravanan, follows the script faithfully and offers pleasing visuals.S.R.ASHOK KUMAR