Kallappadam (English: Counterfeit film) is a 2015 Tamil independent thriller film written and directed by J. Vadivel for first time producer Dr. Anand Ponniraivan under his production company Iraivan Films. The lead roles were portrayed by the film's director Vadivel, its cinematographer Sriirama Santhosh, editor Gaugin and its music director K, who play fictionalized versions of themselves. Kallappadam is a story about how first-timers try to make a film, based on the native folk art Koothu. The film was released on 20 March 2015.
Vellakaara rani kallappadam official video song mysskin k j vadivel
Director by J. Vadivel is a former associate of director Mysskin and has previously worked on Nandalala, Yuddham Sei, and Mugamoodi. Cinematographer S. Sriirama Santosh, was a former assistant to cinematographer P. C. Sreeram. Music was composed by Krishna Kumar and edited for the film by Gagin, who had previously worked with director Mysskin for Yuddham Sei and Mugamoodi.
J. Vadivel as J. Vadivel
S Sriirama Santhosh as S Sriirama Santhosh
Gaugin as Gaugin
K as K
Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli as Leena
Senthil as Sundharamoorthi
Singampuli as Singampuli
Aadukalam Naren as Thangapandi
Kavitha bharathi as Dhanasekar
Kallappadam's music was composed by K. The soundtrack consists of five songs, four of which were written by Mani Amudhavan, and one song written and sung by director Mysskin.
Hey Nanba (Patni song) by M. L. R. Karthikeyan
Vellakaara Rani by Mysskin
Kuppannae Kuppannae by Ilango
Ilangaathe by K
Vizhithidu by Anand Aravindakshan
The film was chosen to be screened at two Australian film festivals in 2015, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.
Director Mysskin decided to release the Kallappadam, the directorial debut of his former assistant, and acquired the film's rights in February 2015. The film was released on 20 March 2015 alongside nine other Tamil films.
The Times of India gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Kallappadam works more as a heist movie, probably because we have only recently had Jigarthanda and KTVI talk about the film industry and they did it better. So, the first half, when we get to see the characters' struggles feels fairly routine and the film receives a jolt of energy only when they start to plan the robbery. But the gripping second half makes up for the earlier disappointment". Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "Vadivel is nothing if not ambitious, but his ideas are easier to applaud than his filmmaking skills. The pace is sluggish, and the film comes to life only in the heist portions...more fatally for the film, the leads just don’t measure up. It may be nice in a meta-ish sense to cast behind-the-scenes people, but there’s a reason actors make a living. There are things like charisma, timing, dialogue delivery, reaction shots — none of these is in evidence".
Indo-Asian News Service gave it 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "What we get to see may not be exceptional, but something far offbeat than the mainstream garbage that's thrown at the audiences every week..With some good ideas and intentions, Kallappadam could've been an excellent meta film. But it still doesn't disappoint". Indiaglitz gave 3 out of 5 and wrote, "Vadivel has presented an engaging screenplay with some intelligent twists...The courage to do an independent movie is highly appreciable, but the obvious production constraints pull down the movie to some extent". Sify wrote, "The biggest strength of Kallappadam is the film's promising plot and screenplay which is incorporated with some well executed sequences...but that's not enough to declare Kallappadam as a perfect movie...Kallapadam is a film where everything is enjoyable except for the misfit casting of protagonists and dreary dialogues". Deccan Chronicle wrote, "Kallappadam is a solid piece of writing, but mired by a skewed view of casting and capturing the screenplay...the problem with the film is its questionable casting. Nevertheless, the film can be watched once for it novel concept".