NAAN KADAVUL- MOVIE PREVIEW
Behindwoods review board
Starring: Arya, Pooja.
Direction: Bala.
Music: Ilayaraja.
Production: Vasans Visual Ventures.
Some people run their own race, they don’t care what others around them are doing. Bala is definitely one of that kind. 3 years in the making, a change of hero, change of producer, 3 or more heroines considered and a whole lot of controversy are all things that went against Naan Kadavul. But, in spite of all that the movie is about to hit theaters. One first remembers hearing the title somewhere in 2005 and at that time it was associated with Ajith. It was well
 
into 2006 by the time it was confirmed that Arya would be doing the role. Even getting started with the shooting in earnest looked like a humungous task. There was a period in 2007-2008 when talk about Naan Kadavul had completely died down, it was as if many had lost hope that this would ever get finished.

Finished it is and soon it will hit us hard. Don’t expect a regular entertainer when you enter theaters, don’t even expect an offbeat venture grounded in reality. Bala seems to have transcended all genres that have been coined in Kollywood till now. The trailers would have already told you a lot about the nature of the movie, it is not normal. Sources have said that the movie takes a look at the lives of people who live disconnected from civilization, exploring the mystic and mysterious existence of sanyasis in parts of India that also includes cannibals. Pooja reportedly plays one who begs on the streets for a living. Naan Kadavul explores many dark and dingy sides of society that are seldom talked about.

We could go on talking about the possibilities that such a theme offers. But watching the trailer once should suffice. It makes for gripping viewing, sometimes making one feel uneasy. It is difficult to comprehend what the movie has in store when a sanyasi says to Arya ‘Tu manushya nahin hain’ (you are not human). Definitely, the movie has taken on uncharted terrain and we are sure that Bala has delivered a product of unmatched brilliance. Arya and Pooja’s career best and potentially award winning performances, the rawness and reality that the real life sanyasis bring to the movie, Ilaiyaraja’s haunting score are reasons enough to make anyone want to catch the movie in theaters.

One can put one’s money on the fact that Naan Kadavul will actually show us what ‘difference’ means. And, immaterial of what happens to the film subsequent to its release, the conviction and confidence of one man will have to be saluted. Courage, thy name is Bala.

     
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