Before I talk about the film, I’d like to say that what Amala Paul has done is one of the boldest things any actor has ever done. This goes beyond Hollywood, Kollywood and all the other woods. The very fact that she has chosen a role such as this is worthy of praise. And apart from that, her acting speaks volumes of how she has evolved over time. She inhabits the character of Kamini with such passion and fearlessness, that it becomes electrifying. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, it is time to talk about Aadai.
Rathna Kumar and his team have done a good job of preparing the audience on what to expect. The teaser and trailer did a good job of this. So, what kind of a film is this? Its about a lot of things and that may be a problem for what Aadai wants to say. When I was watching it, the overwhelming feeling I had was that it could have been shorter. Aadai works brilliantly in parts but when seen as a whole, there is something missing. If there is a problem I have with this film, it is that we could have done without many scenes.
I am genuinely curious to see how the audience is going to react to this film. I feel that the nude elements may give an initial shock but they will get used to it soon. A big reason for this happening is the way the character of Kamini is etched and acted. This is definitely not the kind of film I expected from the director of Meyaadha Maan and that is a good thing.
The message that Aadai wants to convey is good and it does manage to present it in an engaging manner but it could have been a little crisper. To be fair, there are portions of this film that are jaw-dropping for the way they have been conceived and shot. Go watch it and perhaps it might end up changing your perception of a lot of things. Is this is the film that is going to change the face of Tamil cinema? Probably no. Do we need more films like this? Absolutely yes.
Until next time, bye.