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 is a worried man after his recent movie Kadal failed miserably at the box office. But his troubles are far from over. The distributors are now flocking to Mani Ratnam’s office to bear some amount of their losses. ‘Kadal released last week in Telugu (as Kadali) and Tamil but fell flat at the box office owing to poor reviews and bad mouth talk. The movie failed to attract even decent amount collections and finally ended as one of the biggest disasters in Mani Ratnam’s career. Mani Ratnam earlier had also reimbursed some amount to his distributors when his Iruvar movie bombed at the box office.