Direction: Prasath Murugesan
Kidaari is a grim, blood-soaked story that is set in a village in the interior parts of southern Tamil Nadu.
Considering the fact that the story is a difficult one to narrate as it not only has a large number of characters but also intense sequences that require tough ideas to be conveyed subtly, director Prasath Murugesan has done a commendable job.
The story begins with Kombaiah Pandian ( played to perfection by Vela Ramamoorthy) struggling for life after being stabbed in the neck. As he is rushed to a hospital we are told about both his history and that of his enemies.
We soon find out that Kombaiah is a feared heavyweight and that his right hand man Kidaari (Played by Sasikumar) is his only effective shield against the scores of enemies that he has made over time, thanks to his greed for both wealth and power.
The story is a hard hitting tale that is rooted in reality. It deals with betrayal, deceit, manipulation, exploitation and of course, cold-blooded murders on the one hand and loyalty, love, courage and intelligence on the other.
To his credit, the director seems to have realised the magnitude of his story’s canvas and has looked to simplify it for the viewers. This, he does by introducing the main characters at the start and then, the enemies, two by two in phases. The beauty of the story is that each enemy who is gunning for Kombiah Pandian and Kidaari’s blood is of a different nature and uses a strategy that is hugely different from the others.
For instance, the first enemy is one who throws an open challenge. The next is one, who, along with his brother pretends to be a loyalist, but looks to dig their graves behind their backs. The third is a woman ( played by Suja Varunee) who will go to any extent to seek revenge. The manner in which she manipulates her husband and paramour into making extreme moves is something extraordinary. Full marks to the director for the brilliant manner in which he has showcased these sequences. Suja Varunee does a commendable job.
The fourth is an insider turning an enemy. Kidaari manages to keep all of them at bay but then, even he is stunned when he finds out who the real enemy is. What he does to that enemy is also something that comes across as being fresh.
The movie has a number of pluses. First up is Darbuka Siva‘s mind-blowing background score. The sound actually enhances the mood of the story. That with cameraman Kathir’s gripping visuals take Kidaari to an entirely different league. The third is some fantastic performances from Sasikumar, Vela Ramamoorthy, Mu Ramasamy and Nikhila Vimal.
On the flip side, the movie has far too many scenes of violence. Some of the violent sequences can be disturbing. Also, the pace of first half is comparatively slower than the second. One is introduced to a number of characters initially and it takes a while for a viewer to identify the characters. However, these can be dismissed as the story progresses, one is able to relate to the chain of events.
On the whole, Kidaari is a good film that is refreshing in more ways than one.