@IdhuEnnaMayam & @OrangeMittai – Movie Review

Here are the reviews of IDHU ENNA MAYAM and ORANGE MITTAI 🙂

IDHU ENNA MAYAM – Movie Review

After the release of his last film SAIVAM in June 2014, Director A.L.Vijay revealed his collaboration with Magic Frames and Vikram Prabhu in July 2014, when the director noted he had finished writing the script for a romantic film to be shot in Chennai. In August 2014, Malayali actress Keerthi Suresh was brought in to play the female lead role, thus making her debut in Tamil films. The film’s shoot began in August 2014 and was completed in April 2015. The film has been co-produced by A.L.Vijay.

Arun (Vikram Prabhu)
and his friends (who are unsuccessful theatre artists) starts something called UMT (Unnaal Mudiyum Thambi!) to help out youngsters who are struggling to succeed in their love. While they are progressing too successful in it, Santhosh (Navdeep) a multi-millionaire approaches them to help him in his love for Maya (Keerthi Suresh). The problem is that Maya is Arun’s ex-girlfriend. What does Arun do then? This forms the crux of the story.

A.L.Vijay is very well known for his breezy romantic comedy films and decent family entertainers. ‘Idhu Yenna Mayam’ which has some interesting ideas & scenes, also has draggy and cliched moments equally. There are few scenes which might test the audience’s patience to an extent, that are saved only by the mild humour here and there (few scenes were a laugh riot, thanks to RJ Balaji and the supporting cast).

The romance is lifeless in some crucial portions. A.L.Vijay seems to have focused more on the film’s look, making and glossy stuffs thereby scoring less on the emotional connect (lacking depth), which is the most vital thing for a rom-com. Some weak characterizations with no detailing were also a minus. The repetitiveness in scenes in 2nd half, was boring at a point of time. The climax twist was really good.

Vikram Prabhu has done quite an average job, and does not look as young as a college student. Debut actress Keerthi Suresh looks energetic and too pretty; she is perfect with her lip-syncs since she knows Tamil well. She will be one among the most liked actresses among youngsters in 2015 and would win a lot more offers with big stars. The supporting cast’s contribution has been a very big asset to the film; veteran actors like Charlie are very well used.

The flashback portion could have been much better, even though there are some breezy moments. The flashback portion has scenes that we use to see in 1990s like Juniors-Seniors quarrels, Triangular love, Hockey and Cricket matches; that gets worse when they are presented even more uninteresting and clichéd. The reason why Arun breaks up with Maya also looks so silly / kiddish and is not properly justified. The scenes involving Vikram Prabhu’s engagement with Nasser’s friend’s daughter was also totally unwanted. Unfortunately, the film reminds us of many films like ‘Minsara Kanavu’, ‘Poi Solla Porom’, ‘M.Kumaran’ and few others here and there.

Veridct: IDHU ENNA MAYAM has an extraordinary one-liner which is made as a very average though decent Rom-Com entertainer!.

Rating – 2.75/5


ORANGE MITTAI – Movie Review

2Actor Vijay Sethupathi launched his production company VIJAY SETHUPATHI PRODUCTIONS in early 2014; his first project ORANGE MITTAI was announced in February 2014 and he signed up director Biju Viswanath to direct the venture. The film was said to feature an ensemble cast including Jayaprakash, Ramesh Thilak, Aru Bala and Aashritha in the lead roles, with Vijay Sethupathi stating he would not play a role. However in July 2014, Vijay Sethupathi revealed that he would play a 55 year old man in the film and promotional stills were released, replacing Jayaprakash in the character. The film began production in mid-2014 and was completed in early 2015.

Sathya (Ramesh Thilak) and Aarumugam (Aaru Bala) who are working as Emergency Medical Technician and Ambulance Driver in Government Hospital receives a call from Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi), a 55 years old man who suffers a cardiac attack. The film is a tale of Father and Son relationship and is all about the ambulance travel of Sathya who lost his father recently and Kailasam whose son has left him for some reasons.

ORANGE MITTAI is a journey of emotions; a slow, beautiful journey. It is just about a travel in a day from home to hospital and the way return. The emotions are detailed with no preachy messages or not much of melodrama. That has been the biggest plus point of ORANGE MITTAI. Simplicity is its beauty! However, people who looks for a commercial or fast paced film might be disappointed (can better skip it), since this film is made for a different set of audience actually. Few shallow scenes and the pre-climax portions which are slightly dragging are the minus points of ORANGE MITTAI.

Director Biju Viswanath and team has been very clear on not adding unwanted commercial additions, just going with what the script demands only. Also, the team was clear on making the film not targeting the mainstream audience.

The film very well portrays the pain of loneliness, the undescribable feelings of a father and son with very less words and especially the bitter-sweet moments of life as like its title. With a tighter script, the film would have been much more enjoyable by all set of audience; still, the film is pure as a gem (where our industry is filled with mindless commercial potboilers)!

Coming to performance, Vijay Sethupathi and Ramesh Thilak has given a top notch performance equally! Vijay Sethupathi has nailed it by his neat performance althrough with no overdoing anywhere. Ramesh Thilak has been in a tight competition with Vijay Sethupathi, delivering a subtle performance what was needed exactly. Arumugam Bala’s performance and humour lines were enjoyable, hope he will be seen in many more films. The technical team including Justin Prabhakaran, Biju Viswanath and others have given their best with the budget and resource available, not going anywhere out of the script.

Verdict: A slow journey of emotions. A road film that will stay close to your heart.
Simplicity is its beauty!

Rating – 3.5/5

P.S: Strictly not for people who prefer fast paced movies alone!

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