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Haridas: Cop story with a heart

2/22/2013 4:15:16 PM

Cop stories more often than not turn out to be violent affairs with the accent on action. And along comes Haridas, by G N R Kumaravelan, which is about a man, an encounter specialist, who also brings up an autistic son.

 

It is a testing role for Kishore, who came to the fore in the Dhanush-starrer Polladhavan and has gone places since then. He fits the role of a police officer very well and carries the movie competently.

 

Sneha shows her acting prowess in ample measure in a dignified role as a teacher of special children, while the young lad Prithivraj Das as Kishore's son takes a huge chunk of the credit.

 

The protagonist Sivadas (Kishore) is an encounter specialist, who is respected by his colleagues and is hot on the trail of a mercenary (Pradeep Rawat).

 

Meanwhile, he brings his son Hari (Prthiviraj) to Chennai from a village where he had been growing up.

What follows is the hardships faced by Sivadas in bringing up his son while balancing that with his professional responsbilities. He is helped in this cause by a doctor (Yugi Sethu) and teacher Amudhavalli (Sneha).

 

How successful Sivadas is in integrating his autistic son with the mainstream is the rest of the movie.

Kumaravelan needs credit for taking up a sensitive story and handling it with a lot of deftness while camerawork by Rathnavelu adds value to the film.

There is some lag in the screenplay, especially in the second half.

But that's no dampener for Haridas, which is an honest and straight-forward attempt at telling a sensitive story.

 

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