Starring : Karthi, Narain, Vijay TV Dheena, Mariam George & others
Director : Lokesh Kanagaraj
Producers : S R Prabhu, S R Prakash Babu, Tiruppur Vivek
Music Director : Sam CS
Cinematography : Sathyan Sooryan
Editers : Philomin Raj
Hero Karthi’s intense drama, Kaidhi has been carrying a decent buzz among the audience. Being directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it goes.
In order to kill a group of five cops, who seize crores worth of drugs, a drug-dealing gang targets the police intelligence office with the help of an informer. In the process, they supply drugs based liquor to a private police party. To rescue them an officer named Vijay(Narain) takes the help of a just-released prisoner Delhi(Karthi). Will the officer be able to save his mate’s life? Who is Delhi and what is his backstory? How will Delhi go all out to help the police? forms the rest of the story.
Truly, Karthi has given his cent percent for the film which is clearly visible on the screen. His makeover as a wild prisoner with a soft heart has been projected nicely. Karthi as an actor can easily store the film and role as the best in his library. His settled acting and dialogue-less expressions will be loved by the audience.
Though there are no commercials elements, the emotional thread between Karthi and his daughter has been handled in an impressive way. Apart from Karthi, yet another key role in the film is actor Narain. He is too good in the given character and acted well. As the film mostly runs between Karthi and Narain, the chemistry between them brings a lot of depth to the proceedings.
The little girl, who acted as Karthi’s daughter is cute and acted nicely. A senior actor from the Tamil industry is the show-stealer as his character as a constable will bring life to a few intense scenes in the IG office. The guy who portrayed the Lorry owner’s role is also good in the given character.
One of the major minuses for the film is that it lacks commerciality in it. The film is a serious drama and had a simple story and is a cat and mouse game between the police and drug dealer gang. A few scenes like villain’s gang targetting IG office looks a bit over the top and could have been presented in a different way.
The first half of the film runs on a flat note with a slow narration which is also a minus for the film. Lack of noted faces in a few prominent roles may also not go well with our audience. The film has a completely serious tone which might not be liked by many.
The cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan is top-notch as he canned the film in the night-mood effect nicely. The framing and camera lighting has been used with a perfect texture. Editing work by Philomin Raj is okay but he should have chopped close to ten minutes of the first half to make things more appealing.
Music by Sam C. S is engaging as his background score works largely and breaths life into the second half. The film has no songs so there is no need to discuss the topic. Coming to director Lokesh Kanagaraj, he is one of the talents to look out for. The way he handled a simple point with crystal clear detailing will be appreciated by the audience. Having a star like Karthi in the hands, he would have done a formulaic commercial film but instead, he chooses to make an experimental film that is highly appreciable. If he continues to make new-age films like Kaidhi, Lokesh will surely go places in the future.
On the whole, Kaidhi is a serious and dark crime drama that impresses its target audience. Karthi’s makeover and director Lokesh’s taking will be loved by those who enjoy serious crime dramas. On the flip-side, lack of commercial elements and the slow-paced first half may affect the film to an extent. If you neglect the above demerits, Kaidhi is an easy one time watch during the Diwali season.
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