Actor Jiiva’s new film Kavalai Vendam was supposed to be a new-age romantic comedy. Instead, it is a case study for how to make a regressive film in this genre and exposes the failure of its director to go beyond the obvious. Most of the filmmakers want to stick to tried and tested as they are weary that their films will not be appreciated by a large number of audience. And Kavalai Vendam also seems to suffer from the same flawed conviction.
Jiiva’s 2009 film Siva Manasula Sakthi was a game-changer in the romantic comedy genre in Tamil film industry. An opposites-attract movie with interesting characters, it was smart and quirky. On the other hand, Kavalai Vendam comes as an anti-climax. Peppy music album and teasers of the film had set high expectations among the audience but the film falls flat.
Jiiva who had entertained the audience with his performance in the movies likeNeethane En Ponvasantham, David, Jilla and many others movies is now ready to entertain his fans with the movie Kavalai Vendam. Jiiva had last appeared in the movie Kaadavul Irukaan Kumaru as a guest appearance. Kavalai Vendam is the directorial venture of Deekay and Elred Kumar is the producer of the movie.
In Kavalai Vendam, it is men who always call the shot. Even at the end, when Divya goes back to Aravind, she has to apologise for leaving him in the first place. Throughout the movie, the director tries to sell a terrible idea that no matter what happens, a girl should be with her husband, even if it is not what she wants. And just in case, if she decides to live her life on her own terms, the society will ensure that it will show what is her value as a “second hand.”