Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum

Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum is a 2016 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Nalan Kumarasamy.

Produced by C. V.Kumar under Thirukumaran Entertainment banner, the film stars Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian in the lead roles.An official remake of the 2010 Korean film My Dear Desperado, the film was released on 11 March 2016 to positive reviews.

Plot

Kathiravan (Vijay Sethupathi) is a rowdy who works for a local area councillor (G. M. Sundar). His only aim in life is to own a bar of his own. He had just been released from prison after serving a five-year sentence for taking the blame for a crime he did not commit on the orders of the councillor. Kathir did the deed on the promise that his status within the councillor’s gang will be elevated once he is released, but the promise was reneged. Meanwhile, a young Villupuram-based engineering graduate Yazhini Bakthirajan (Madonna Sebastian), leaves for Chennai against her parents’ wishes to pursue a career in the IT sector. When the company she works for shuts down suddenly five months later, she faces financial hardship and is forced to move into a low-cost housing colony while searching for a new job. Her neighbour is Kathir. Though both of them dislike each other in the beginning, they gradually warm up to each other despite their different backgrounds and become a sort of support system for one another.

Facing pressure from her family over her career and wedding, Yazhini introduces Kathir to her parents as her boyfriend who is a successful manager in an IT firm. Her parents decide to fix their marriage but change their mind after seeing Kathir thrashing two men opposite a temple, realising that he is a rowdy. They bar Yazhini from returning to Chennai, even forbidding her to attend an important job interview. Meanwhile, Kathir starts a gang war by beating up the henchmen of a rival gangster Kumar (Samuthirakani). The councillor decides that Kathir should murder Kumar. After ensuring that Yazhini attends her interview, Kathir proceeds with the plan to murder Kumar. However, during the ensuing scuffle, Kathir ends up being stabbed with a rebar and is left to bleed to death.

Some years later, Yazhini has become a director in her company and has moved out of the housing colony. She constantly thinks about Kathir, whom she had never seen again after her interview. Yazhini yearns to show Kathir her new life, knowing that he is the one person who will be happier than even herself in her having achieved her dreams. She soon finds Kathir working at a petrol bunk, having survived his murder attempt and abandoned his rowdy past. The two rejoice in the happy ending.

Cast

  • Vijay Sethupathi as Kathiravan
  • Madonna Sebastian as Yazhini Bakthirajan
  • Samuthirakani as Kumar
  • G. M. Sundar as Thilagar
  • K. S. G. Venkatesh as Bakthirajan, Yazhini’s Father
  • D. R. K. Kiran as Sampath
  • Manikandan as Murali
  • Sameer Bharat Ram
  • Kailash
  • Supergood Subramani
  • Rindhu Ravi as Yazhini’s mother
  • Anushka
  • Ramesh Thilak as cab driver (guest appearance)

Production

Nalan Kumarasamy shelved a film titled Kai Neelam and began working on a remake of the Korean film My Dear Desperado for the same producers, C. V. Kumar paid Rs.40 lakh (US$59,000) to acquire the Korean film’s remake rights.

The film had an official launch in April 2015 and began filming, with Dinesh Krishnan announced as the cinematographer and Leo John Paul as editor. The film was developed under the title of Eskimo Kadhal, but was later renamed as Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum.