Synopsis: A youngster with a lackadaisical attitude realises the importance of embracing agriculture when a selfish businessman tries to acquire land from his village.
Review: Films set in the backdrop of a village, laced with a decent story, adequate drama, romance and a few hilarious scenes have always been a safe bet in Kollywood. This festival season, director Sagaya Suresh, too, has tried to test waters with a rural flick, which features some of these quintessential elements with Kadalai. Unlike films which are set in a similar milieu, what makes the film’s plot stand out is the idea which it tries to endorse.
Manickam (Ma Ka Pa Anand) is a lethargic, happy-go-lucky guy who hails from a family which relies on agriculture for living. His father, Bhoopathy (Ponvannan), a person who commands immense respect among the villagers, revers farming. However, he is displeased with his son’s lack of interest in pursuing agriculture. Manickam, quite similar to many heroes in rural-based films, dreams of setting up a business empire without putting any effort, and finds joy in dilly-dallying with his friend (Yogi Babu) and his lady love (Aishwarya Rajesh). Things turn unexpectedly when a real estate tycoon (John Vijay) plans to acquire land in the village for his selfish motives. How Bhoopathy deals with it and saves the villagers forms the rest of the story.
Yogi Babu is a scream, unsurprisingly, and he has proved yet another time that he can carry a film on his shoulders provided it has a decent plot. His catchy one-liners and screen presence, along with support from Ma Ka Pa, deserves appreciation. Ponvannan impresses with his flawless performance as a concerned farmer, while John Vijay’s character needed more conviction. Had more effort been put into both the making and the writing, the film could have been called a good attempt, especially given the fact that it talks about the need to promote agriculture among youngsters. Our advice: go in without any expectation; that way, you might not be disappointed.