One man's romance can change his life. That is what conveyed bright and beautiful by Mani Ratnam in Kadal. Though the film may have its own flaws, the film work out to a larger extent thanks to Mani Ratnam's and Jeya Mohan's quick narrative.
After Ravaan, ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam is back to do a regional film, unlike his last few which were targetted at national audience.
Arvind Samy, Arjun, Gowtham Karthik (son of veteran actor Karthik) and Thulasi Nair (daughter of actor Radha) play prominent characters. All have a part to play in the script. Set in Christian fishing hamlet, the movie is no patch to Mani Ratnam's yesteryear films, but still there is something to strike a chord with you.
Arvindhsamy is a priest and an thug Bergmans (Arjun) are at loggerheads. Enters Thomas (Gowtham). He is taken care by the father. Bergmans manages to send the priest to jail.
Thomas takes side with the baddie. But a romance blossoms between Thomas and Beatrice (Thulasi) brought up by a missionary. This brings a change in his life. Both Arvindh Samy and Arjun have displayed their best. Obviously the veterans hold to give their best.
Lakshmi Manchu, Ponvannan, Kalairani and Singam Puli are also in the cast. Jeya Mohan and Mani Ratnam team up well while Rahman's music and Rajeev Menon's camera work compliments the theme.
There may be some flaws, but if you forget them and watch the Mani Ratnam in the film, there is plenty for you to relish.