Arya is a skilled and daring hunter living in the forests of Kadambavanam region in the Western Ghats region along with many others. Catherine Tresa too is one among them and is head over heels in love with Arya. However, he doesn’t pay attention to Catherine’s pursuits since he and her brother Rajasimhan get into frequent clashes with each other. Love does blossom between the two in due course of time. In the midst of this, cement manufacturers come to the forests in search of minerals believed to be found under their lands.
Deepraj Rana, who is the owner of the cement manufacturing company wants to attain the minerals under all costs and all means necessary. However, he is wary of forcefully evicting the people since it can spark off a problem with the government. He decides to employ cunning methods to attain what he has set to and sends in Y. Gee. Mahendra and his daughter to sweet talk the people into making them believe they are there to help them in their livelihood. However, Arya deciphers their plans and informs the people. Whether the people find success in keeping the forests for themselves or not forms the rest of the plot of Kadamban.
Arya’s physical transformation in the film is truly phenomenal and no doubt the actor has worked to great lengths to achieve the massive physique. In addition, the painstaking efforts he has undertaken by not wearing any footwear throughout the film show us to what extent he has endured the hardships throughout filming while climbing trees and jumping from one end to another. Catherine Tresa looks quite different compared to her previous films and has performed extremely well in her role.
Rajasimhan, who comes as Catherine Tresa’s brother is a terrifying presence all through the film and impresses us with his act in the second half by teaming up with Arya after he feuds with him in the first half. Super Subbarayan as Arya’s father Moopan has done his role justice and so does Deepraj Rana as the corporate honcho. Y. Gee. Mahendran, Murugadoss have brought in their experience yet again and deliver satisfying performances.
Director Ragava has attempted to shed light on the people living in forest regions and the hurdles they face as the outside world tries to encroach their only dwelling. But, in reality, the impact that the filmmaker tries to create is missing. It is quite evident that many have given their best for the film. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is enjoyable and has once again trumped in the background score department. Suresh Kumar’s cinematography skills come to the fore and the film will be a testimony to his talents.
In short, Kadamban is a worthy effort.