Kalvan Review: Bharathiraja, G V Prakash, Ivana Make This Simple Tale Of Redemption An Enjoyable Entertainer

Kalvan Movie Review: Director P V Shankar's Kalvan works because of two reasons. Firstly, all its lead actors --Bharathiraja, G V Prakash, Ivana and Dheena deliver fantastic performances that are highly enjoyable. The second is the message the film looks to put across.

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Kalvan Review

Critic's Ratings

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3.5

Action,Romance,Drama

Release Date

Apr 4, 2024
Kalvan Review Bharathiraja G V Prakash Ivana Make This Simple Tale Of Redemption An Enjoyable Entertainer
G V Prakash In A Still From Kalvan

About Kalvan Review

Kalvan Movie Review: Director P V Shankar's Kalvan is a simple story that is told with a lot of conviction. The film has its soul in place and therefore, manages to keep you hooked to the screen from start to finish.

Synopsis

The story revolves around two thieves, Kemban (short for Kembaraju) (G V Prakash) and his sidekick Suri(Dheena) who live in one of the villages that is situated on the fringes of the Sathyamangalam forest.
Kemban, an orphan, is an exceptionally smart thief, who understands human psychology well. However, he is also equally ruthless and will not even hesitate to kill people if it helps him make money.
It is under these circumstances that Kemban falls in love with Balamani(Ivana), a nursing college student, whose father(Gnanasambandan) is intent on getting her married to a responsible boy from his office.
While Kemban is interested in Balamani, she is not interested in him. In fact, she gives him a stern warning and asks him to stop following her.
At one point, Balamani, along with other students of her nursing college, go to serve in an old age home, where she takes pity on an elderly person (Bharathiraja), who is lonely and sad.
Kemban, who also arrives at the old age home as a painter, notices Balamani's care for the old man and decides to adopt him as his own grandfather and take him home.
While his friend believes Kemban's decision to adopt the old man is to impress Balamani, little does he know that Kemban has something really more sinister and evil on his mind....

What works in the film

Kalvan is a simple story told with a lot of flair and that is a big plus. One doesn't have to strain oneself to figure out what is actually happening on screen. At the same time, the story is not cliched or predictable. The manner in which the plot is presented is fresh and interesting. All of these make Kalvan an engaging affair.
Next, the film has some really fantastic performances coming in from its lead cast. Veteran director Bharathiraja, in particular, steals the limelight with his measured and powerful performance as an old man, looking for a purpose to live.
G V Prakash, as the street-smart thief, who understands the human mind well, delivers yet another commendable performance. His apt expressions and body language catch your attention when in one sequence, he is about to be trampled by an elephant.
Ivana as the righteous Balamani is a picture of grace and elegance. She delivers a performance that is exactly what is expected of her character in the film.
Dheena, who only comes as a sidekick but whose dialogue delivery and antics make the film a lot more enjoyable, shows why he is among the list of comedians to watch out for in Tamil cinema. His jokes find the mark on most occasions and that is another reason why Kalvan works.
Music for the film is a big plus. The track Pesaama Pesum Kannu in particular is a mellifluous number that just wins your heart.
Director Shankar has himself doubled up as the film's cinematographer and his visuals, like his narration, are sharp and a delight to watch.

The drawbacks

The film has some drawbacks, the most significant one being poor CG that is used in some sequences. For instance, there is an important sequence involving a tiger in the film. It is evident that the tiger has been created using CG and that, in a way, dents the credibility of the story and in a way, takes away some of the film's charm.

Verdict

In all, Kalvan is a clean, neat entertainer that one can enjoy with the entire family.
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