Owing to bad mouth talk and reviews, the movie is not registering at least 20% occupancy any where. Kadal is directed and produced by Mani Ratnam. The film features debutant Gautham Karthik, son of actor Karthik and debutant Thulasi Nair, daughter of Radha in the lead roles. The movie was dubbed and released simultaneously in Telugu as Kadali and Telugu version too met the same fate as Kadal. AR Rahman has composed music for the movie.
Ace film maker Mani Ratnam may have the history of reimbursing losses to the distributors when he delivers a dud. But this time with Kadali, he does seem to have a different idea. The movie which released on February 1st went on to become one of the biggest duds of Mani Ratnam’s career. Few distributors had reached Mani Ratnam’s office yesterday and had demanded to reimburse their losses due to the bad performance of the movie. However, Mani Ratnam made it clear that neither he nor his Madras Talkies will be responsible for the loss. He also added that he had sold the entire movie to Gemini Industries and Imaging Ltd in March 2012 itself on MG (Minimum Guarantee) basis. And he or his production house can not be made responsible to any one else.