Peter (Manoj) and Karuthayya (Murali) are both poor fishermen, and have
been on the seas all their lives. They're also best friends, and absolutely
adore one another. They both have younger sisters who they want to give
good lives to. Peter is quick-tempered, while Karuthayya is soft and
understanding. Karuthayya is also in love with a salt-seller.
The problems in their lives come from their little sisters. Karuthayya's
little sister commits the forgivable offense of falling in love with Peter,
despite Karuthayya's desire that she marry away from the sea, so as not
to be as poor as him. Peter's younger sister, however, allows herself to
be betrayed by a town boy, who impregnates her and then disappears. Peter
plans to marry his pregnant younger sister to some unsuspecting fisherman.
When Karuthayya asks Peter to marry his younger sister, Peter turns around
and says will he accept Peter's younger sister as his wife? So Karuthayya
hides his love, and agrees to marry Peter's younger sister, so that his
own younger sister can live happily with the one she loves. Later, he
discovers the truth that Peter's younger sister is actually pregnant, and
that Peter has "betrayed" him by hiding the truth from him.
Can their friendship survive?
I'm happy. I'm so happy. I mean, after seeing the Bharathiraja-Manoj
team in "Taj Mahal," I was fully expecting the worst for "Kadal Pookkal."
But it's not so bad. In fact, "Kadal Pookkal" is a sometimes-okay
sometimes-absorbing account of the lives of two fisherman buddies. Both
Murali and Manoj fit into their respective roles well, and each actor has
done a passable job.
The movie is not as good as movies from Bharathiraja's golden era, but
they are certainly better than his previous venture "Taj Mahal." The
ending is a bit weird, leaving a character hanging off the back of the
boat with a rock on his back and forgetting about him, but the message
Bharathiraja manages to slide in is nice.
Not the best movie. But certainly watchable.
NOTE ON THE MUSIC:
Okay music by Deva. Nothing spectacular. Nothing very bad. Best songs
are probably "Alai Alai" and maybe "Siluvaigalae."
Watch it on video.