Direction: R Parthiban
Screenplay: R Parthiban
Story: R Parthiban
Music: Alphonse Joseph, Sharreth, Thaman, Vijay Antony
“A movie without a story”, “Tribute to one hundred years of cinema”, says the tagline of Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam directed by Radhakrishnan Parthiban who is famous for his penchant to be different. And he continues to establish this fact in Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam (KTVI).
There is almost a mini army of established artists in the film in the form of Prakash Raj, Vishal, Arya, Vijay Sethupathi, Amala Paul, Cheran and Taapsee. Of these, Arya and Amala Paul’s roles are more than a cameo.
Thamizh (Santhosh ) is a highly talented, yet struggling director, waiting for his big break. His stories are very well appreciated, but that’s the end of the story. However, he has an understanding wife Daksha (Akhila), who agrees to marry Thamizh and also earn for the family, until he finds his feet firm on cine ground. Along with Thamizh are Arvind (Dinesh), Shirley (Sahithya), Murali (Vijay Ram) and most Seenu (Thambi Ramaiah) who all are waiting for their big day in the cine industry, as the extraordinary talents themselves. And they set out to think and think every day on how and what is the story.
They are battered for money, Thamizh’s life is twisted out of shape, many a misunderstanding crop up, but there seems to be no end to this tunnel where they want to lock the right story that is both unique and appealing to everyone. In the effort to make an impressive movie for the audience, the team works relentlessly towards a script that should impress a big producer and earn them the ticket to fame.
The winning formula of this movie is proper understanding of audience’s psychology. The film, as touted, has a very bleak thread of story, but stands super strong on screenplay and Parthiepan’s matchless narration. Thamizh and Daksha make one of the most understanding couple ever. Santhosh through his struggle to strike a healthy balance between a passionate yet unstable career and a romantic and almost eccentric wife, has portrayed the various shades of a man’s emotional battle.
KTVI is a Thambi Ramiah film all through and the man simply rocks. Parthiban’s dialogues when mouthed by the veteran, take on a different dimension altogether.
The technical aspects are just about functional with the Kaatril Kadhai Irukkum number lingering on for a longer time. Like how his characters struggle to arrive at the perfect story, there are moments when the director stutters, meanders a little to arrive at the climax.