|Director||Saran K Advaithan|
Kalathur Gramam is a small village situated at the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border. Kishore is the head of the village, and their main source of income is thievery. Though the people steal for a living, they are a kindhearted and only commit the crime for their daily expenses. Kishore leads a simple life, he is happily married to Yagna Shetty, and are also expecting a baby, he has a best friend, Tarun Shatriya with whom he steals.
A gang of police officials try to enter their livelihood, but Kishore violently scares away any officials who tried to do that, Ajay Rathnam a police officer, begins to investigate as of why Kishore doesn't allow any outsiders inside their neighbourhood. With time, he finds out that it is because of their illegal practices; stealing. He then decides to kill Kishore under the disguise of encounter, out of the anger and revenge he habours for the protagonist.
Meanwhile, Kishore and Tarun engages in a heated argument which turns physical and ends with Tarun accidentally getting killed. The demised parents file a complaint against Kishore and his wife, they both accept their fate and surrender. As Yagna was pregnant at the time she was taken in as a prisoner, she gave birth within the prison walls and then handed over her son to Tarun's parents' as an apology. They took in the new born, not to nurture him, but to use him as a weapon so that they can later turn him against Kishore and Yagna. Whether his revenge seeking son succeed's in killing his own father Kishore? else will Ajay Rathnam kill him forms the crux of the story.
Kishore has pulled off his character really well, and once again proves his impressive acting skills. Yagna Shetty has also delivered a good performance. Supporting actors Tarun Shatriya and Ajay Rathnam has also acted well. Saran K Advaithan has done a pretty decent job in the directorial department, and the period backdrop gives a gloomy feel, which suits the plot.
Yet, Saran has failed to keep the audience hooked to the story as the screenplay was a little too draggy. Pushparaj Santhosh cranks the camera and has shot really well, and is one of the major advantage for the film. Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja has handled the music department and his scores justify the movie's genre as it is a period film.
In short, Kalathur Gramam is watchable.