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Kadhalikka Neramillai, directed by Sridhar
, is the most Wodehousian of all Indian movies. From beginning to end,its a laugh riot, but without resorting to low-brow humor.The basic plot of mistaken identities is a common staple of many Wodehouse novels, but its spirit had never been captured so well in Indian cinema. The story,the dialog, the music, the cinematography, the direction all come together in a perfect, heady concoction never experienced before or since in Tamil cinema. This was the first Tamil film to be shot in gorgeous Eastman color, and each frame is a joy to behold. The music by the talented duo, Viswanathan-Ramamurthy, is part of Tamil film legend; each composition is a masterpiece.
Sridhars handling of the light-comedy subject matter was a revelation, coming on the heels of his highly-successful tear-jerkers. Comedic geniuses Balaiah
, playing the roles of a rich father and a movie-mad son, play off each other in scintillating fashion. The scene where Nagesh narrates a ghost story to Balaiah and scares him out of his wits is a classic sequence that can hold its own with the best of Preston Sturges. The heroes, Muthuraman
and a very-young Ravichandran
, are ideal for their roles; the heroines,Kanchana
, are very easy on the eyes. But the revelation was Sachhu
, playing Nageshs aspiring movie heroine and love-interest. Malarendra Mugamondru with Nagesh can hold its own with Broadway in the quality of the choreography, and the execution of moves; Nagesh established himself as a unique dancer with this one scene.
Viswanathan Velai Vendum is another classic set-piece, a protest march and dance way ahead of its time. The pervading spirit of fun is one I have never experienced since, in Indian or world cinema. This is a film that will be fondly remembered forever. Screen Shots : NOTE: The BLACK BORDERS are part of the original source VCD mastering.