Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban Movie Review
A raw, realistic and poking drama on police brutality
Story & Narration
Music & other departments
Vetrimaaran’s Visaaranai goes down as one of the finest films to show us the dark sides of the police force, and the trouble that a common man can run into when he rubs the wrong side of the die with them. Few years later, we have Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban, a film which falls into the same bracket but still has enough and more to differentiate itself from the former.
Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban interestingly knits together its events, as we are introduced to the pair of Prabhu (Suresh Ravi) and Indu (Raveena), a couple trying to make ends meet and help their dreams fall in place. As Indu faces a tough situation and gets robbed off, Prabhu comes in to place a complaint. But what starts as a normal entry into the police station turns into a tale that only brings more sorrow for the couple. The film’s first half takes its time to pin down the incidents and get us to the base of the storyline, but the second half moves along at a rapid pace with many unforeseen turns that pique our interest in the film and develop an emotional touch as well.
It is Suresh Ravi who has to be lauded for a very good performance in the film, as the troubled youngster who tries his best to fall in line with the law but keeps missing the bus. It’s a really good outing for the actor who can proud of what he has been able to deliver here.
Raveena Ravi proves that she’s much more than a dubbing artist once again, after Oru Kidaiyin Karunai Manu. The film’s biggest win is in how it casts and gets the best out of Mime Gopi, who is simply superb as the cop Kuberan. The tug of war between Suresh Ravi and Mime Gopi brings across the best moments of the film, and that’s where it wins.
Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban has a functional score and good cinematography to complement the visuals. The film’s strength is in how it holds together the source material brought by director RDM, be it the dialogues, the constant uncomfort in the film or the amount of how real and raw it feels on the whole.
Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban might have some amateurish frames or dull moments, but the writing in the film never lets it down. RDM makes an impressive debut with this thought-provoking and powerful film. Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas