Prabhu Solomon is a director who depicts two trademark elements in his films – some exquisitely stunning shots, and the struggles faced by its lead. His films trace to find the meaning of love and life. Kayal is one such film. Picturized against the 2004 Tsunami comes a love story named Kayal. At least this is what director Prabhu Solomon wanted to create. Despite its breathtaking visuals and well-written characters, the film is a let-down due to its unconvincing story.
The film begins on a preachy, philosophical note of how one can use money to live, but not live to earn. As the film progresses, you only wish these philosophical teachings take a hurdle when the director adds his trademark touch to the film; a topic which was present in both Mynaa and Kumki. You might think that the film is about the fanaticism. But no, the plot takes a different turn. Well, that’s when the story unfolds.
Just like Mynaa and Kumki, you see the couple fall in love at first sight. You also see some people who detest the concept of love, while others adore the very concept of love. Like his other films, the topic of misunderstanding and chaos floats high in this film. But one thing stands out – the unconditional trust the couple have on each other. The filmmaker succeeds in making the love story seem rock-solid, but is this really enough for a film? The portrayal of the characters made us like them instantly, but using a love story and setting it against the natural calamity which devastated several lives? Is this really worthy? The release of this film marks the 10th anniversary of the Tsunami. If the makers are promoting this film as a tribute to the people whose lives were ruined by this calamity, then it should’ve been better! One cannot gain the sympathies of the audience only by showing shots of destruction. Perhaps filming a story based on the lives of the people who stay in the coastal area could have helped the audience relate to the story.
Cinematographer Mahenderan takes us on a breathtaking journey with his stunning camera skills. His camera captures the enchanting journey of the vagabond hero, whose quest in life is to travel. The CG work of the Tsunami is definitely a big highlight. As the big wave gushes forth, you feel the intensity of the calamity, and that’s perfectly done by the filmmaker. Several characters add soul to the film, be it the bus driver or the police officer. The scenes in which they appear seem enjoyable.
Despair, pain and love is brilliantly performed by the film’s debutantes – the moist-eyed Chandran and the expressive Anandhi. Although their roles seem a tad-bit dull, they give a promising performance. Vincent, as the adventure lover, makes a mark with his amusing comic sense and timing.
Why should you watch this film?
Caught in its net, the film seems like the Tsunami gains our attention as it recedes and later washes us all with its predictability. Watch it if you can spare over two hours on a love story where the screen space shared by the couple is only a mere 30 minutes. Overall, this emotional roller-coaster may not wrench your heart, but it will surely make you realize that happiness lies in finding little things.