After I came out of the theatre, it took some time for me to get back to the real world…or the reel one ?? We are sitting in front of our computers, probably in an air conditioned room, typing swiftly on our keyboards. This virtual world is what we christen ourselves as reality. And we require movies like “Naan Kadavul” to show us what is real, what the world is facing and how humans suffer. And when the movie thrusts so much truth into our eyes in a short span of time, we just are not able to accept it.
Aghoris … Have never heard of them before. The whole sight of them, their voice and demeanor gives me a shudder, even though I am just watching them on a huge screen, in a cinema. Humans who consider themselves God. They decide who goes to hell and who goes to heaven… One should never ask a question whether these are true. We will just end up losing the meaning of truth. And the definition of God. Everyone has God within. We decide….Hmmm…No. I’ll probably stop trying to explain things to my own self. Probably the movie was shot to leave such thoughts lingering in our minds as loose threads.
The poor and handicapped beggars and their mafia leaders… Well, it is just another piece of reality. Next time we give beggars any money, we will be thinking twice about whom the money will be converging to. And it is more shocking than saddening to see money measured by weight. And humans being bought and sold. Has humanity completely disappeared from the face of the earth? The important point to be noted is that they too have love. The beggars live like a close-knit family. They show affection.
A mixed feeling is what has been created by the visuals in the movie. We sometimes feel it is better not to know the truth rather than lamenting after knowing it.
Now about the ‘movie’ part of ‘Naan Kadavul’. When most movies that are released nowadays spin the same yarn over and over again, the boldness of director Bala to come up with such an idea and to make a movie out of it must bbe appreciated. No commercial elements at all. There are some humorous dialogues scattered around, which only partially succeed in distracting the viewer and preventing him from receding into a state of shock or disbelief or fear or whatever he might be going through.
But then, the movie seems incomplete. One can feel a discontinuity in the screenplay. Something seems missing. The director has tried to have a story as a backbone. But we are often tempted to ask “Why?”. We dont ask “Why” when Vijay leaps 200 feet. We dont ask “Why” when Dhanush fells a bunch of thugs. We dont ask “Why” when science is defied. But we ask the question here. That probably is because, we can sense the director’s attempts to sprinkle fiction into facts, and not the other way round. The effort nevertheless, must be lauded.
The aghori character was brilliantly portrayed by Arya. I initially could not believe that Arya was capable of such acting. A real hard work from his part. And he seems to have mastered “Shirshasana”.
Pooja was exceptional. Her role was a tough one. She was asked to wear opaque lens. She was really blind when she was acting. And that probably is the reason why the emotions are perfect. She looks small and thin in the movie, which has suited her character. Our heart really goes out to her character.
Overall, the movie has touched so many emotions. It has made us to sit back and think. It has changed our perspective of the world.
We see so much suffering around us. Wild superstitions, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, exploitation…an endless list. Tears ? Probably. What else ?? We just return to our worlds. We know we can try to change these. But are we going to try??