Kalabha Kadhalan is a 2006 Tamil romantic thriller directed by debutant Igore, starring Arya and Renuka Menon. This film was a low-budget production and the soundtrack was composed by Niru. Akshaya also appeared in this family based psycho thriller. It enjoyed relatively quiet success. It shared a similar storyline to a great thriller S.J. Suryah’s Vaali and another 2006 film called Uyir. The film’s censors demanded it an "Adults Only" rating.
Newly married couple Akhilan (Arya) and Anbarasi (Renuka Menon) shift to their new house in Chennai. They live a happy life, even though their marriage was not love based at first. Soon, Anbarasi's family came to visit them and left Anbarasi's sister Kanmani (Akshaya) as she wants to pursue her studies in multimedia. As Kanmani stays with her sister and brother-in-law in the same house, she begins to develop feelings for Akhilan. She adores him even though it's her own sister's husband. Kanmani continues to romance with Akhilan whenever her sister is not around.
Akhilan doesn't want to hurt his beloved wife who has now given birth. Akhilan seeks advice from a doctor on how to solve his problem. The doctor tells him to try and marry Kanmani off to her male cousin. Following Akhilan's advice, the male cousin goes after Kanmani, threatening her to love him and marry him. She rejects him, and this makes him furious. One day, he kidnaps Kanmani who was on the way from temple, raped her, and left her at Akhilan's apartment. This shocks everyone in the family, especially Akhilan, as he was the one brought him here. He admits to Kanmani about his action, and also told that the raping plan was not Akhilan's advice. He himself didn't except this. The whole family forces her to marry the cousin, in order to 'save face'.
The next morning, Kanmani committed suicide and died. Akhilan and Anbarasi, with their infant, go back to her village. Anbarasi's aunt hits Kanmani's husband as she thinks it was because of him Kanmani died. Akhilan, standing right beside him, was all over guilty because it was him who planned all this to avoid Kanmani disturbing his married life.
Arya as Akilan
Renuka Menon as Anbarasi
Akshaya as Kanmani
The film, produced by Vishnu Talkies, is scripted and directed by Iger, who has directed some commercials and worked with directors like Velu Prabhakaran, Narayanamurthy and Nanda Periyasami. The film has been shot at locations in Chennai, Nagercoil, Tenkasi, Kutralam and Mahabalipuram.
The film introduces a new music director in Iru, who is based in France and has released many Tamil music albums there. Wielding the camera is R Mathi, with art-work by Milan, and dialogue penned by Balakumaran.
Nowrunning wrote:"Kalaba Kadhalan explores relationships, marriage, romance and sex.Importantly, this lurid subject matter is handled subtly where no one gender being offended. Debutant director Igor has made this movie honestly, convincingly and believably. The plot, details, characterization and dialogue are good".
Thiraipadam wrote:"The most surprising thing about Kalaaba Kaadhalan is how boring it is, a poorly-paced screenplay and a weak climax make the film a surprisingly sedate affair".
Indiaglitz wrote: "Igor shows a skill for handling a difficult subject. He traverses the tightrope of seduction and vulgarity quite nicely. Something you don't expect a debutant to do. On the whole, Kalaba Kadhalan is watchable despite some glitches."
Music is composed by newcomer Niru. The soundtrack contains five songs. The audio launch was held on December 12, 2005 at the Satyam complex. The audio was launched by Vikram and received by SJ. Suryah. Producer Council President Mr.Thiagarajan also took part in the function. Along with them the film's hero Arya, director Ighor, producer Nandagopal and many other dignitaries took part in the event. Two songs were screened during the release.