Director Rohin Venkatesan exhibited his talent for capturing genuine sentiments effectively in his first film Adhe Kangal, and followed it up with a simple attempt in Petromax. In his third movie Theera Kadhal, the director chooses a narrative of a former lover resurfacing in a man’s life, and presents it in a pleasant and thoughtful manner from start to finish.
Theera Kaadhal revolves around Gautham (Jai), a man with a content family consisting of a caring spouse and an adorable daughter. When Gautham travels to Mangalore for a project, he encounters his ex-lover Aranya (Aishwarya Rajesh) who suffers from an abusive relationship with her spouse Prakash (Amzath). Gautham provides her solace and attempts to liberate her from the dark situation. However, things take a turn for the worse when Aranya desires to seek solace exclusively in Gautham and persistently invades his life as an unsettling stalker. This situation creates further complications for Gautham, who has moved on from his memories with Aranya and has embarked on a delightful new chapter with Vandana (Shivada).
Director Rohin and writer GR Surendranath skillfully explore human emotions in this plotline, allowing insightful glimpses into the lives of the three main characters. The level of depth they achieve in the film is truly commendable, enabling the audience to distinguish between the characters and their motives. While Jai portrays the vulnerable man caught between two women, Shivada embodies a woman with clear convictions, and Aishwarya Rajesh portrays a woman trapped without alternatives, unable to let go of her ex-lover. The clarity in character development is what elevates the film, and the second half delivers several memorable moments that provoke laughter or strike an emotional chord.
After a significant hiatus, Jai delivers a commendable performance in a well-written film. Shivada excels as the wife, with a well-defined role once again.
Aishwarya Rajesh’s character may initially appear irritating, but as the film progresses, one begins to comprehend her predicament.
Siddhu Kumar’s music is skillfully composed, and the composer complements his melodious songs with exceptional background music. The technical aspects of the film, such as Ravi Varma Elangovan’s cinematography and GK Prasanna’s editing, are commendable.
All in all, Theera Kaadhal is a relatable romantic drama that succeeds due to well-crafted storytelling and the performances of its leads. Theera Kadhal Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas