Kadhal Mannan (காதல் மன்னன்) is a Tamil film starring Ajith. The director was Saran.
Shiva(Ajith) is a mechanic, a daredevil known for attempting daring acts for the sake of a bet. One such bet takes him to Delhi where he meets a woman who asks him to deliver a letter to her younger sister. This younger sister is Thilothama(Manu), who is all set to be engaged to Ranjan(Karan), the man of her father’s choice. But that doesn’t stop Shiva from falling in love with her. Against her better sense, Thilothama too finds herself falling for Shiva.
As long as the movie deals with the interactions between Ajith and Manu, it is enjoyable. The confusion of Manu has been brought out especially well as she struggles between acknowledging her feelings for Ajith and accepting her father’s orders. The couple’s trip to Delhi is one such portion that is unhindered by others and the sequence does a good job of registering Manu’s gradual falling for Ajith. Even the bet Ajith makes with Manu, though seeming silly in concept, has been executed well.
It is only with the other characters that Sharan slips up. Unlike the recent Minnale, he makes things easy for Manu (and therefore, less interesting for us) by making Karan an easy-to-dislike character. And Sharan doesn’t stop there. Karan’s mother is an irritating character that any woman would dread getting for her mother-in-law. Such cardboard characters take any seriousness out of the movie. And though Vivek’s character has some nice moments and lines, many of his acts and dialogs are unrealistic. The strictness of Manu’s father is also overdone though Karan’s father is much more believable.
The movie is aided by a well-handled climax. Ajith’s visit to Manu’s house, his dialogs there and the subsequent events are picturised in a nice manner that presents a satisfactory closure to the issues. Ajith comes into his own in these scenes and his outburst at Girish Karnad is convincing. Though Karan’s character takes a beating thereafter, the climax isn’t lengthened beyond what is needed and is crisp.
Directed by: Saran
Written by: Saran
Starring: Ajith Kumar, Manu, Vivek, Karan, M.S.Viswanathan
Music by: Bharathwaj
Release date: March 1998