Riding on the success of Kaadhal Kondein, his official début movie as a director, one would have expected Selvaraghavan to repeat the duo Dhanush and Sonia Agarwal for his next venture ‘7G Rainbow Colony’ that released to commercial success in 2004.
Instead the movie features Ravi Krishna playing an average lower middle class youth Kadhir who is besotted with Sonia Agarwal playing an upwardly mobile North Indian girl whose family had run into financial troubles.
The character would have suited Dhanush to the ‘T’ as he made success of playing the underdog survivor effortlessly in his initial films. Nonetheless he delivers the goods yet again and a pedestrian story of ‘wastrel-boy-meets-a-talented-girl’ is narrated in a unique and credible manner. The climax may be a bit of an overkill and fantasy but the audience are hooked in to watch the drama unfold.
‘Loser’! A single word in enough to describe all that is wrong with Kadhir and such guys have really no chance to even catch the eye of a girl like Anita. But if it were to happen and we could narrate it in a credible manner rather than pure fantasy, the result would be much of what happens in the movie. The end is undoubtedly a spoiler – even a deliberate attempt to play for effect than a piece of reality. But you do come out feeling you got to watch something different and meaningful.
Kadhir is an aimless youth and has fun with friends who seem to share his lifestyle. Nothing unusual about it since there are millions of similar narratives who seem to still manage to survive their passage into adulthood. The trouble with Kadhir is two-fold though – he has a massive inferiority complex and yet he is not reconciled fully to being a loser.
He is doted upon by his mother while reviled by father (Vijayan). The father-son relationship is nuanced and shows glimpses of possibilities that are still-born in the relationship that has been brutalized by Kadhir’s repeated failure in making something of himself. A touching moment is Vijayan’s reaction to Kadhir finding a job in a motorcycle showroom.
In contrast Anita is a hard-working girl who is good at studies and well on way to make a success of her life. She is also beautiful and kind-hearted. So really no chinks in her armour and no wonder Kadhir has to fall for her and chase her to no end. Thankfully the relationship is not shown in a candy floss manner. Very realistically she has utter disdain for the ‘loser’ and the interest she taken in him is more like a friend than a lover. The undercurrent is kept alive though by the director taking potshots on the ‘one-sided’ love that Kadhir keeps professing for her.
The story seems to be headed nowhere till suddenly Kadhir appears to find some stability and purpose in life. By now we are kind of reconciled to the familiar tame ending to the tale, where our underdog hero will brave all odds and win the hand of his lady. But there are some sharp twists and turns in the tale and they are impactful to say the least. Are many convinced of them being realistic is something I am sceptical about.
So we come to an unusual end – one touching gesture in the same is the way Anita’s mother (Savita Prabhune) momentarily caresses Kadhir’s head in the final moments. But the movie is worth a watch on many counts – it breaks the usual stereotype of puppy love, it has a credible narrative and good cast (Sonia Agarwal steals the show in this one) and thankfully it stays away from the melodrama and histrionics that have dominated such themes in many old Tamil movies. And the songs are hummable as well – ‘Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal …‘ is my pick.