I had missed seeing this film when it came out five years ago – I was reminded of it when the film’s Director R S Prasanna spoke about it in the recent TEDxChennai 2018 event.
Kalyana Samayal Saadham (2013) was certainly a bold film – for a debut director to talk about male impotence in Kollywood takes a lot of conviction. The director deserves a big applause for that, along with him the hero of the film the actor Prasanna has to be appreciated for doing the role – in an industry that is all about the reel “image” and sentiment I think this was a big deal.
Having made the character introduction and revealing the plot the screenplay should have gone to top gear, instead, the film lingers – till it had to rescued by the father-in-law character (played by veteran Delhi Ganesh). With the Doctor character played by comedy king “Crazy Mohan“, an opportunity to shoot high on the humour quotient was wasted. With a theme like this, it is easy to make a film that is sensual and vulgar, but the Director treats it only through the dialogues – that abstinence (pun intended) is what makes the film enjoyable – allowing him to communicate a social message subtly.
If you wish, you can check out the Hindi remake of the film – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) made by the same director.