Set in the dense jungles, Kadamban is an action flick that explores the life of tribals and how the greedy corporates try to eradicate their presence with their deforestation plans.

Bringing the best aspects of popular franchises like Tarzan and Jungle Book to Tamil audience is something director Ragava has tried in his second venture. From a maker who did Manja Pai, it was a surprising new entry into a fantasy genre that’s as grounded as it could be.

Arya looks strong with ripping muscles and an ability to cruise through the jungle with his acrobatic skills. He’s out to protect the 150 families while romancing Catherine Tresa who happens to go against her brother’s wishes. Meanwhile, the corporate needs space in the forest and decides to take control of their lands.

When going against such a huge mission, the protagonist has to have the looks and Arya looks stunning as the man who faces the strong corporate world. Director Ragava has done his best in giving him the role he deserves. The way he depicts the character and worked hard for the stunt scenes surely deserves a special mention.

Catherine Tresa has done a decent outing as a village girl. The technical aspects of the movie, be it the cinematography or the music has helped elevate the movie to better levels during specific scenes.

Despite all the good aspects of the movie and the setting, Kadamban lacks in script and the scenes are quite predictable at many instances. They remind us of films like Avatar and Tarzan but doesn’t deliver the punch. Director Ragava could have invested a little more effort to get the best out of his lead actor and the entire cast as well as the great forest setup.

Thumbs Up

• Arya has given his best yet and his dedication is showcased throughout the movie especially in the stunt scenes

• Catherina Tresa and the rest of the cast has done their part ably without any major flaws

• The story of tribals losing to big corporates is a need of the hour that director Ragava has picked up

• The climax stunt sequence featuring elephants is grand

Thumbs Down

• Many scenes in Kadamban is predictable and doesn’t excite the viewers

• The storyline as a whole could have avoided some obvious similarities

Verdict

Kadamban is an out and out show by Arya with his sheer dedication to justify his role