‘Kazhugu’ – a review
Krishna’s triple shot after ‘Alibaba’ and ‘Katrathu Kalavu’.
Krishna’s job is to look for the bodies of people committing suicide jumping from Kodaikanal hills and handing over to the relatives. Krishna’s friends are Karunas, Thambi Ramaiyah and a new face who acts as a mute.
After becoming too insensitive after seeing so many deaths, Krishna discovers love for Bindu Madhavi. Taking off like a fast moving bus their romance culminates in their wedding. Their happy married life is intruded by an unexpected incident and twists their life beyond recognition. That is the climax.
Krishna acts as Chera who is making a living out of earning wages in recovering the bodies of people committing suicide by jumping off the hills. He has displayed a higher degree of hard work than in any of his previous films.
The film realistically depicts the miserable life of having to wait for suicidal deaths to happen, recovering the valuables from the dead bodies, selling them and sharing with friends; descending into the crevices of the hills hanging from a rope tied to the trees.
Krishna has done more than an average job in the scenes showing him shrugging away Bindu Madhavi’s romantic moves initially, reconciling to the genuineness in it and getting married to her, his final decision at Bindu Madhavi’s death. Bindu Madhavi who acts as Kavitha has given an excellent performance in communicating through the eyes in several places. Registering the shock on hearing about Krishna’s accident and her acting in last scenes make us freeze.
Both Karunas appearing as Krishna’s friend Nandu and Thambi Ramaiyah, appearing as his uncle, sprinkle humour here and there in the serious screenplay. Karunas make us laugh when he claims that the ornament removed from a dead body was his family heirloom. Thambi Ramaiyah makes us enjoy the scene where he pinches a coat from a studio for Krishna’s wedding.
Jaiprakash has given a nonchalant performance when he robs a lorry load of tea and brands it as his company’s product. Stunt master Ramesh thrills us with the fighting sequences. P. Sathya’s cinematography is apt to suit the locations.
Director Sathyasiva deserves appreciation in having chosen a different plot dealing with the life of recovering dead bodies, but we are left with an artificial feeling owing to logic problems in many places.
Story line hitherto untouched by Tamil cinema
Slow moving screenplay after interval