Adhe Kangal

Adhe Kangal (English: Same Eyes) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film written and directed by Rohin Venkatesan and produced by C. V. Kumar. The film features Kalaiyarasan, Janani Iyer and Sshivada in the leading roles with Bala Saravanan in a supporting role, while Ghibran composes the film’s music. The film had a theatrical release on 26 January 2017 coinciding with India’s Republic Day.

Plot

Varun (Kalaiyarasan) , who has been blind since the age of 15 ,is a chef and owner of a popular restaurant in Chennai. Even though he is disabled, he is independent and jovial. One of his best friends is Sadhana (Jannani Iyer) who is a journalist.
One night, Deepa (Sshivada) comes into the restaurant looking for leftover food for the homeless. Varun helps her and gradually falls in love with her through their daily visits. Meanwhile , Sadhana approaches his parents and reveals her intentions of marrying Varun which they accept.

Finally ,Varun decides to propose Deepa in his restaurant one night. But she comes to meet him in tears. She reveals that henchmen were threatening her and her father to return the loan they had borrowed for older sister’s wedding. She had promised to return the money in 3 days. Varun promises to help out from his own savings. They hug each other before parting which Sadhana sees and realises that he is in love with another person.

The same night, Varun is hit by a car and is hospitalized during which his vision is restored. He is treated for three weeks and the hospital fee is paid out of his savings. Varun feels guilty for not helping out Deepa.
He tries to contact and search for Deepa but couldn’t reach her or find her. His family encourages him to marry Sadhana and he accepts as he gives up looking for Deepa.

Several days later, an old man finds Varun and tells him that his daughter Deepa has been kidnapped as the money wasn’t returned.
Varun gives Sadhana’s wedding jewellery as ransom. But mishap happens when he goes to pay the kidnappers, Deepa’s father is killed and Varun was not even able to look at Deepa’s face ,let alone save her. Sadhana angrily calls off the wedding.
Varun watches news segment in which a man who looks exactly Deepas father dead in a road accident in Kaniyakumari. Curious, Varun decides to visit Kaniyakumari and investigate his death.

There, He works with a constable Panju faking his identity as a journalist investigating road accidents where the victim remains unidentified. They decide to find the whereabouts of the old man and they gather several clues from his hotel residence and phone number. These clues lead them to investigate about the car that was involved in the accident and narrow down the owner of the car to a blind artist.

After listening to his story, they get hold of photos of his girlfriend and with Sadhana’s help , they identify her as Vasundhara who was acting as Deepa in Chennai.

They find out that Vasundhara is a con artist whise victims are popular yound blind men. She makes the blind men fall for her and then presents a story with a need for money which the blind men give. Varun and Panju find the commonality and pinpoint a list of potential targets. Sadhana with help of her journalist associates finds out the plan to con another blind man in Erode. They immediately travel to Erode and catch the culprit Vasundhara after several twists in the plot. The movie ends with Varun reuniting with Sadhana and Panju receiving commemorations from people for his efforts in nabbing the criminal.

Cast

• Kalaiyarasan as Varun Murali
• Janani Iyer as Sadhana
• Sshivada as Vasundhra/Deepa
• Bala Saravanan as Panju
• Aravindraj as Ravi
• Linga as Thomas
• Abishek Joseph George as Manoj
• Sanjay Jayaraman as Vikram
• Abdool as Alphonse

Production

C. V. Kumar launched a project to be directed by Rohin Venkatesan during late May 2016, with Kalaiyarasan, Janani Iyer and Sshivada selected to portray the leading roles. Kalaiyarasan was revealed to be portraying a blind chef, with the team using American chef Christine Hà as a character inspiration for his role. The film was shot in Kanyakumari, Erode, and Chennai throughout the middle of 2016. After the film’s production was completed, C. V. Kumar revealed that the film would be titled as Adhe Kangal named after the 1967 film of the same name during September 2016.

Release

The film was released on 26 January 2017 coinciding with India’s Republic Day, having initially been postponed from 14 January 2017. The producers chose to fix the release date of 26 January, three days prior to release, after production house Studio Green announced that they were delaying the release of the big budget, Suriya-starrer Singam 3.

Critical reception

Sify.com praised the film stating it was “a delicious thriller with a meaty, realistic plot and nicely fleshed out characters and not to forget a smart running time of 120 minutes”, adding “the film is engaging mainly due to the characterizations and subtle humor, which provides quality entertainment till the end”. Likewise, Behindwoods.com wrote Adhe Kangal was “an intelligently woven script that becomes predictable at places, but all the same a good watch”, singling out Ghibran for his work as the music composer. While singling out praise for actress Sshivada’s performance, Baradwaj Rangan of The Hindu wrote “not as good as it sounds on paper, but not bad either” and stated “here’s a great story, but the screenplay isn’t tight”.