Kaaviya Thalaivan, is a pre-independence era drama featuring the livelihood of Tamil drama schools. Sivadas Swamigal (Nasser) runs a drama school and Kaliappa Bhagavathar (Siddharth) and Gomathi Nayagam Pillai (Prithviraj) grow up together under the guidance of Sivadas Swamigal .While Gomathi is much disciplined and hardworking, Kali is a natural performer who often takes center stage with his innovative style. When Sivadas Swamigal makes Kali the Lead actor it creates jealousy and hatred builds in Gomathi’s mind. In the meantine Vadivambal (Vedhika) joins their troupe. For Gomathy, it is love at first sight, but Vadivambal falls for Kali. On the other hand, Kali is in love with Rangamma (Anaika Soti) the princess. When Sivadas Swamigal (Nasser) finds out about Kali’s love affair with the princess, Kali is cursed away from the love of his life and shunned from performing on stage too. Will Kali come back on stage, will Vadivambal express her love to Kali, forms the rest of the story.
Even though Vasantabalan’s characterisation in the film is good , the dialogues and poor acting by the stars make the film boring. The screenplay is very predictable. Siddharth’s over acting is unbearable and Privthiraj’s Malayalam slang makes it worse, he looks older than Nasser in the film. Vedhika performs well for her character and Anaika soti could have been replaced by any actress as her performance and lack of Tamil pronunciation makes her character the worst in the film. A.R.Rahman’s music is the only saving grace for the film; his music mesmerizes the audience throughout the film. Nirav’s camera and Santhanam’s Art direction are the other two key elements which stand out. I give it 3/10