Thoughts on ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’…

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‘Kaaka Muttai’
is one of the best films of 2015 and a finest film that Tamil cinema has witnessed in the last 10 to 15 years. After such a landmark film, Cinematographer & Director Manikandan has strike back with his second outing ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ (technically, this is his first film which he started shooting even before ‘Kaaka Muttai’). ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ is a crime thriller that primarily revolves around a murder and how the central characters react to it. The film is slowly paced, but keeps you hooked to your seats with its penetrating moments.

‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ is such an intense film that does not even have a single frame out of the script. Director Manikandan has once again proved himself in his writing, with a brilliant screenplay. Ravichandran’s financial position is elucidated in a single instance where he tries to make use of an old 10 rupees note. The idea of cinematography to make the audience feel what the protagonist is going through by ‘Tunnel Vision’ problem and the protagonist’s habit of drawing circles in wall from time to time were so distinct. The conversations were so realistic and life-like, say the scene where Ravichandran tells the doctor that ‘I had this problem since childhood. But, I ignored it because I thought that this is how everyone sees’. The Road-crossing scene after Ravi knows about his visionary problem for the first time and the pivotal scenes in the second half depicts how a common man is pushed to situations where they commit crimes or go against truth guiltlessly. The director also shows the dark-side of the medical industry where the patients are looted heartlessly.

Manikandan does not spoon-feed his audience anywhere (just like his first film), except for the voice-over in climax in Nasser’s voice which could have been avoided – the director’s idea was to use it as a tool for title justification (it would have been even more interesting if it was left open to audience’s perception); it is the same in another scene where there was a voice-over for Rahman’s character.

Casting was so real and convincing, which was the biggest plus point of the film. Vidharth is a perfect choice for the role of Ravichandran and he has done an excellent job fitting into this role. Pooja Devariya, Rahman, Aishwarya Rajesh, Guru Somasundaram and even artists who appear for very few minutes have done a good job. Background score by Ilaiyaraja is a plus point indeed, but the unwanted loud scoring in many scenes looked so repetitive and out-of-script (this script demanded a very subtle BG score all-through).

On the whole, ‘Kuttrame Thandanai’ is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ thriller that deserves a watch in the theater. Filmmakers like Manikandan are a pride to our industry, who strives to give us uncompromising / unadulterated films every time (this film does not have any songs, since it does not need one). For sure, this man will be in great heights in another 5 to 10 years 🙂 🙂 I have become a great fan of him, right after watching his first film and now am eagerly waiting for his 3rd film ‘Aandavan Kattalai’ starring Vijay Sethupathi which is expected to release in few months 🙂 🙂

– Rahman

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