“Kadaikutty Singam”… An unfocused masala movie that also wants to be a weepy family melodrama

Posted on July 13, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kadaikutty-singam-movie-review-karthi-baradwaj-rangan/

Karthi plays a farmer in Pandiraj’s Kadaikutty Singam (Last-born Lion), and the most interesting aspect of the film is that it portrays agriculture as a viable profession. The Karthi character, named Gunasingam (any resemblance to the fictional character named ‘Duraisingam’ is purely intentional), earns 1.5 lakh a month, and during a family ceremony, his gifts are chunky gold chains. This is a great, much-needed “message” — and one that’s delivered without preaching. It’s just slipped into conversation. Kadaikutty Singam springs a few surprises like this. Despite the village setting, which our movies usually depict as crucibles of “Tamil kalaacharam” (Tamil culture), the film says that men and women can be friends who simply hang out, and that the old-time tradition of giving birth to children until a boy is born makes no sense because a girl can do everything a boy does.

In an ideal world, that would mean a film like this could just as easily have been anchored by a heroine, but let’s not get carried away. What a film says and what it does are not quite the same thing. Take this heroine, for instance. She’s named Kannukkiniya, and played by Sayyeshaa. For a film that extols the produce of local soil, why transplant a heroine from Mumbai? Why relegate the Mayiladuthurai-born Priya Bhavani Shankar to a secondary role? (She was a news anchor on Puthiya Thalaimurai, so she also knows the language.) But then, even the hero’s profession is something of an afterthought. In a film like Dhool, the hero is a villager, and he faces a Sterlite-type polluting issue, and this is what takes him to the city, and this is what colours the action, the romance (because the heroine is from the same village).

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