Kaaval (transl. Police) is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Nagendran R., based on a true story and produced by Punnagai Poo Gheetha. It stars Vimal, Samuthirakani and Punnagai Poo Gheetha. The film, which was initially titled Nee Yellam Nalla Varuvada,[1] began production in 2013 and released on 26 June 2015

Kaaval
Kaaval poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byNagendran R.
Produced byPunnagai Poo Gheetha Philip Sheetal
Written byNagendran R.
StarringVimal
Samuthirakani
Punnagai Poo Gheetha
Music byG. V. Prakash Kumar (soundtrack)
Dharan Kumar (score)
CinematographyN. K. Ekambaram
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Production
company
SG Films
Release date
26 June 2015
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Chandrasekar (Samuthirakani) is an honest police officer who is given an opportunity to encounter the deadliest don who is responsible for all the murders that are happening in Tamil Nadu. But during the mission, he loses Alwin Sudan, one of his most intelligent encounter specialists. Later, he realizes that their carefully planned operation was leaked to the rivals by Anbarasu (Vimal), the son of a corrupt constable (M. S. Bhaskar). Chandrasekar sketches a plan to encounter the don through Anbarasu.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Nagendran, a former assistant of Seeman and Susi Ganesan announced in September 2013 that he would make his directorial debut with the project titled as Nee Yellam Nalla Varuvada named after the dialogue spoken by Santhanam.[2] Vimal, Samuthirakani recruited to play prominent characters along with Punnagai Poo Geetha, producer of this film playing the lead actress, M. S. Bhaskar, Singamuthu, Imman Annachi and Kumki Ashwin playing supporting roles.[3] Priyanka Chopra's cousin Mannara (Barbie Handa) was selected to perform an item number.[4]

G. V. Prakash Kumar was signed to produce the music, N. K. Ekambaram to handle the cinematography and Praveen-Srikanth were signed as the editors. Silva, Na. Muthukumar and Videsh were chosenas the stunt coordinator, lyricist and art director, respectively.[3] The film which was reported to be based on a real-life incident started its filming in Pondicherry, which was held in Tamil Nadu and Kerala for 60 days.[5] Nagendran revealed that the film was based on M. Phil study which revolves 34,712 murders took place from 1995 to 2014.[6] In April 2015, the film's title was changed into Kaaval as many people who saw the film, including promising directors, top industry personnel and police officials felt that the film deserved a more serious and purposeful title.[5]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar with background score composed by Dharan Kumar.

Kaaval
Soundtrack album by
Released2015
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length22:42
LanguageTamil
ProducerG. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Idhu Enna Maayam
(2015)
Kaaval
(2015)
Kaaka Muttai
(2015)
Tracklist
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Sakka Podu"Tippu, Santosh Hariharan3:39
2."Aadu Annatha"Velmurugan, Maalavika Sundar, Santosh Hariharan3:54
3."Un Kannukullara"G. V. Prakash Kumar, Priya Himesh5:02
4."Natta Nadu Iravula"Dharan Kumar, Sanjana Divaker Kalmanje4:38
5."Aavaaram Poovukkum"Megha4:39
6."Kaaval Theme"Yazin Nizar, Santosh Hariharan, Gowtham0:50
Total length:22:42

ReleaseEdit

The film was given a "U/A" certificate by Central Board of Film Certification.[7] The film was initially slated to release on June 19 but eventually released on June 26.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received mixed reviews from critics.[9] Times of India rated the film 2 out of 5 and stated that "The problem with Kaaval is that it offers nothing new in terms of story and presentation. Almost every development feels been there done that".[10] Gauthaman Baskaran of Hindustan Times rated it 1.5 out of 5 and wrote "In the end, the work turns out to be yet another addition to the list of very average movies".[11] Behindwoods wrote "To sum up Kaaval, the cops vs contract killers theme is interesting and it has some good moments when Samuthirakani is in charge. But overall, the film doesn't create the desired impact".[12] Sify wrote, "Kaaval is a pucca mass masala entertainer with action, comedy, romance, sentiments and other elements associated with big-hero films. But it manages to entertain only at few places and most of the time; the clichéd execution dilutes the intensity".[13]

However Indiaglitz praised the film stating "The film apart from its shortcomings deserves praise for its content and chilling presentation backed by deep analysis".[14] The New Indian Express wrote, "Fairly engaging in its story telling style, Kaaval seems to be a debutant director's tribute to the police force", calling it a "gripping tale about crime and retribution" and further wrote, .[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vimal's next is not Neeyellam Nalla Varuvada". iflickz.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Nee Ellam Nalla Varuva Daa to be directed by Nagendran with Vimal and Samuthirakani is set to commen". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Vimal and Samuthirakani Comes Together". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Priyanka Chopra's cousin to dance with Vemal". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "The movie Kaaval (aka) Kaval directed by V.R.Nagendran has great appreciation from all". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Vimal and 34,712 murders". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Censor board officials impressed with Kaaval!". iluvcinema.in. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Avinash Pandian. "Vemal's Kaaval release postponed from June 19 to June 26". Behindwoods. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "'Kaaval' Movie Review Round-up: Vimal-Samuthirakani Starrer Fails to Impress". International Business Times, India Edition. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Kaaval Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Kaaval review: We have seen this tale of corrupt cops before". hindustantimes.com/. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Behindwoods Review Board. "Kaaval (aka) Kaval review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Review : Kaaval: A mass masala entertainer!". Sify. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Kaaval review. Kaaval Tamil movie review, story, rating - IndiaGlitz.com". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "A Gripping Tale About Crime and Retribution". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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