Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Kadhalan

Jul 3, 2012, 4:36:20 PM (9 years ago)



  • Kadhalan

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     41994 168’ col/scope Tamil 
     5d/s/co-lyr Shankar pc A.R.S. Films 
     6p K.T. Kunjumon dial Balakumaran 
     7lyr Vairamuthu, Vali c Jeeva m A.R. Rehman 
     8lp Prabhu Deva, Naghma, Girish Karnad, 
     9Vadivelu, Raghuvaran, S.P. Balasubramanyam 
     12Tamil megahit and trendsetter continuing the 
     1390s phenomenon of big budget musicals, 
     14associated mainly with composer Rehman, 
     15reaching an audience far exceeding the 
     16traditional scope of ‘regional’ cinemas. The film 
     17established the breakdancing Prabhu Deva, 
     18known until then mainly as a choreographer 
     19(e.g. the Rukmini song in Roja, 1992). He 
     20plays Prabhu, the son of a policeman 
     21(Balasubramanyam) and a student leader who 
     22falls in love with Shruti (Naghma), daughter of 
     23Kakarla Satyanarayana, the corrupt Governor 
     24of Tamil Nadu (Karnad). The reference is 
     25evidently to Tamil Nadu’s controversial 
     26governor M. Chenna Reddy, who had a public 
     27feud with the state Chief Minister Jayalalitha 
     28(to whom the film is dedicated). The love story 
     29develops alongside the Governor’s nefarious 
     30plans to bomb various public places. From the 
     31opening number, ‘Take it easy Urvashi’, set 
     32partly in an illuminated glass vehicle, the film 
     33announces its ‘postmodern’ intentions using 
     34computer-aided animation and elaborate 
     35special effects as well as costumed dance 
     36numbers, all of which set the stage for 
     37numerous comments on contemporary politics 
     38and the new mass culture. The heroine, 
     39resembling sketches from a book on traditional 
     40norms of Indian beauty, falls out with her 
     41beloved when his breakdancing comes into 
     42conflict with her devotion to the Bharat Natyam 
     43dance form. During their motor-cycle escapade 
     44to the temple town of Chidambaram, they foil 
     45the Governor’s plan to bomb the place, after 
     46which the hero is incarcerated and tortured by 
     47a female cop. His release triggers a wild west 
     48dance number and the film’s megahit, Mukkala 
     49muqabala. The film makes several references 
     50to earlier Tamil hits (e.g. to the Roja star 
     51Aravind Swamy) and Prabhu on one occasion 
     52pretends to be N.T. Rama Rao (leading to an 
     53extract from the latter’s Lavakusa, 1963).