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Krishna, Bindu Madhavi, Thambi Ramaih, Karnas
Yuvan Shankar Raja
KK Sekhar
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Debutant director Satyasiva’s Kazhagu is a realistic romantic thriller that seldom loses its grip on your attention. Credible performances from its leads,a nail-biting screenplay along with a fresh milieu makes it an engaging film.

Filmmakers are on the lookout for new premise to set their story and in that department,the director gets full marks to tell a love story in the backdrop of a hill station where a bunch of people makes a livelihood out of recovering dead bodies of suicide victims from almost 3000 feet below or more and carry them up.

Sera(Krishna), is an orphan and vagabond, who along with three others Nandu(Karnas), Chittapa(Thambi Ramaih) and a mute guy live in Kodaikanal. They are experts in finding dead bodies of people who jumps from the notorious suicide points and handing it over to police and relatives for a price. And the beauty of it is that they are a set of happy people who drinks, smokes and have a gala good time during their job. They have no emotion and more than the pittance they earn it is the gold jewellery on the dead bodies that fetch them that extra buck.

In one his assignments, Sera recover the body of a girl whose sister Kavi(Bindu Madhavi)develops a bond with him. The hard boiled moron Sera gets attracted to Kavi who works in a tea factory. Then there is a local big shot (Jayaprakash) who smuggles tea from a rival factory with the help of the estate manager. How Krishna and his gang get entangled with the thugs and his life takes a U turn which ultimately leads to a gory climax forms the rest of the story.

Kazhagu is convincing for the performance put in by the lead actors. Krishna fits the role of Sera and he approaches his part with restraint and minimalist fuss. Bindu Madhavi with her expressive eyes is perfect while Thambi Ramamiah and Karnas provide some light moments without being crude. The other heroes ofthe film are Satya with his eyecatching and efficient camerawork especially the misty night effect shots. Yuvan's rousing music and background score enhances the story telling and the song he sings “PaathagathiKannupattu...” is a beauty.

On the whole, a good attempt by the team to come out with something new and refreshing. Satyasiva and the team deserves a pat on the back for coming out with a story that is packaged well with the right mix of commercial elements.

Verdict- Good


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