Jab We Met was a charming romance that used its characterization and script to make the familiar
story seem fresh. Like most remakes, Kanden Kaadhalai borrows most of its story while adding a few
elements to make it more appealing to the Tamil audience. These new elements have mixed results and so
the Tamil version is a competent remake though, like most remakes, it falls short of the original.
Shakti(Bharath), who has inherited his dad's business following his death, is going through some tough times.
His mom has eloped with another man, his lover is getting married and his business is failing. Unable to
handle it, he hops onto a train and even contemplates suicide. Its there that he meets Anjali(Tamannah),
whose innocence and attitude begin to make him feel better. So he goes to her house with her and later, when
she is pressured to get married by her family, he accompanies her as she runs away to meet her lover Gautham.
Kanden Kaadhalai has an interesting storyline as the character arcs of Bharath and Tamannah
traverse exactly opposite routes in the two halves of the movie. If its Bharath who is depressed and dejected
initially and gets out of it with Tamannah's unsolicited help, its the latter who is in an emotional trough
later and needs him to get out of it. Inspite of some unnecessary, overt displays (like the recreation of
their earlier hotel room conversation when the two meet in her hostel room), this see-saw in their fortunes
and the contrasting roles they play as a result of that provides an interesting twist to the otherwise
Out of the two long episodes, Bharath's transformation at the hands of Tamannah ends up being the more
interesting. The incidents and the mini-adventures they encounter keep things moving and while we know
where things are going, the fact that their relationship is unencumbered by romance at that point makes
it more light-hearted and charming. The stop at Tamannah's house ups the fun. Santhanam shows up in the
traditional comedian's role of Tamannah's suitor and entertains us with his quips while Tamannah's attempts
to hitch Bharath with her cousin lead to a few low-key amusing moments. Both these help keep things busy and
Considering Tamannah's situation, the segment where the roles of Bharath and Tamannah are reversed is
understandably more sober. Their individual character arcs and behavior are consistent and the feelings
they undergo, both the confirmation of the feelings in Bharath's mind and the change of feelings in
Tamannah's heart, are quite convincing. But Santhanam's antics here feel a bit forced and while they do
raise some laughs, the shifts in tone that they cause feel a bit odd. Mannu's character is also made
completely weak, which makes proceedings less interesting. The short and sweet climax is welcome though.
Bharath doesn't quite fit the role of the suave businessman even with the glasses and the clean-shaven
look. But that apart, he is convincing when he's with Tamannah. Tamannah is a perfect fit for her role.
Her initial chirpiness brings back some not-so-pleasant memories of Aanandha
Thaandavam but she wins us over with the help of the well-written character. She is bubbly and
energetic, but not irritatingly so, initially and earns our sympathy with the contrasting mellowness
in the second half. Santhanam shows no change in his acting style or dialog delivery. Among the song
sequences, Venpanju... and Suthudhu Suthudhu... help Bharath show off his dance skills.
Kaatru Pudhidhaai... is a nice number and is pleasantly picturized.