Cuckoo Movie Review

There’s an unwritten theory – Best novelists and authors are endowed with best storytelling abilities. Forget about the plots and themes, but they manage to keep you engaged with their unique methodology of narration. Writer Raju Murugan had already garnered huge response with his story series in a leading Tamil magazine and was an assistant to Lingusamy. He makes his debut directorial with ‘Cuckoo’, a poetic story centering on the lives of young lovers who are visually impaired. The film stars ‘Attakathi’ fame Dinesh and Malavika in lead roles with Santhosh Narayanan giving out some best music.

The plot is quite an appealing one as it traverses through the world of darkness as we perceive, but throws more light into the happier side of it.

The film is about Thamizh (Attakathi fame Dinesh) and Kodi (Malavika), who are visually impaired. Both of them fall in love followed by a series of misunderstandings and they have no worries until the latter’s brother poses an objection due to his money-minded attitude.

What makes the film more special than the yesteryear ones that featured many characters in the same role? It’s the efficiency of Raju Murugan to get deep inside the world of these exceptional personalities and throw more lights into their day-to-day factors.

So far, we would have sympathised on these visually impaired ones as they lead their lives completely based on ‘Sound’, but Raju Murugan brings to us a different dimension of how they lead a normal life. Hereafter, our perceptions on them would change for sure.

Instead of analysing deep into the movie, we would like to make it clear on certain things. So far, we have seen love stories that had lovers not met each other and fell in love blindly through other means of communication through letters and email… But this is something about ‘Deiviga Kadhal’ and we experience for the first time on the screens.

Both Dinesh and Malavika have breathed more lives into the characterisation of what they have played. The pal of Dinesh in the movie is a blind in real life. So he has nothing to do with performance, but has lived it. Even the actors in minor characterisations have done their best and have contributed a lot to the success of this movie.

Cinematography and music form an intriguing part of this script. Every frame has been carved with a special panache by P.K. Varma. Most of the songs travel on the lines of 80s’ style and Ilayaraja comes to our mind incessantly. Editing is little disappointing and few unwanted scenes could have been deleted to make it more engrossing. The little minus lies with lengthy climax, which could have been starker. In spite of these small flip sides, the film proves out to be an extraordinary showpiece that is often not seen in
Tamil cinema.

Verdict: Don’t miss it at any cost.