The most surprising thing about Kalaaba Kaadhalan is how boring it is. It is based on the
same theme - misplaced, obsessive love - that drove Vaali, one
of the best thrillers in recent times, and is bolstered by a couple of strong performances. But a
poorly-paced screenplay and a weak climax make the film a surprisingly sedate affair.
Akilan(Arya), working in the city, weds Anbarasi(Renuka Menon), a shy, timid girl from a small village.
Anbu's whole world revolves around Akilan and for his part, Akilan is the perfect husband, loving and
affectionate. Problems arise when Anbu's sister Kamakshi(Akshaya), who arrives in the city and stays with
them, also finds Akilan the perfect husband and wants him for herself. And she's a woman who's used to
getting her way.
Arya and Renuka make a cute couple and director Igore does a good job of showing us that they are very
much in love. The cuteness and the passion, which are a part of every new marriage, are presented
well and we get the impression that these two are made for each other. This is ofcourse necessary so
that we sympathize with the right people late on! At the same time, some scenes go on for way too long
and the eventual payoff belies the build-up(her birthday is a good example).
The second part, the heart of the film, is handled quite competently. Akshaya has a few nice tricks up
her sleeve and the director portrays her obsession well. The scenes where her attitude towards others
undergoes rapid changes, depending on her mood and what she wants, capture her instability nicely. We
get the sense that she is a woman who is ready to blow up(or fall apart) any second. A couple of
sequences are also sensually picturized. As Akshaya pursues Arya, Arya struggles to knock some sense into
her and Renuka walks around blissfully unaware of the happenings, the film gains our interest. Though
some of it is lost at the slapstick nature of some Akshaya plans.
For some reason, Igore is not content with presenting Kalaaba Kaadhalan as just a story and
indulges in unnecessary moralising. He seems compelled to make Akshaya a character we should sympathize
with rather than someone we should hate. This admittedly adds an interesting dimension to Akshaya's
character. At the same time, it forces Igore to fashion a very weak climax that does no justice to
the happenings so far. It is abrupt, takes the easy way out and seems rather unfair.
Arya seems quite wooden and his slightly nasal voice gets on our nerves sometimes. With Akshaya getting
the author-backed role, Renuka's job is actually tougher since her innocence and naivete could end
up being irritating. But she avoids that and creates a character it is easy to like. Akshaya fits
the role of the borderline psycho-woman very well. Her large eyes are very expressive and are able to
mirror lust, love and anger quite easily.