@IdhuNammaAalu – Movie Review

*** Spoiler-Free Review ***

There are few directors in the industry, whose films you can guess just by watching 1 or 2 scenes itself. Whatever the genre or plot may be, these directors aim at only one thing – Packaging their film with enough commercial elements in their style and making it likable for an ordinary cinema goer. Pandiraj is such a director, who has succeeded in making a decent time-pass movie yet again.

‘Idhu Namma Aalu’ revolves around the lives of Shiva and Myla (Simbhu & Nayanthara) who are about to get married very soon. The whole film is set in those days where they start knowing each other, start understanding each other and start loving each other, with lots and lots of unending conversations, ‘sweet nothing’ chats and the egoistic fights.

First things first! Director Pandiraj has neither attempted anything novel nor tried to convey any message in ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’; he has just shown the current generation’s love in a subtle and comical manner. There are a lot of flaws and problems with ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’, avoiding which it could have been a memorable entertainer. The first half is pretty good with highly engaging moments, even though we feel that things are non-sync. Problems begin with the second half where the film gets into deterioration mode and the final minutes are so dragging.

The biggest plus point and the saviour of ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’ is the energising lead pair & their chemistry and Soori’s comedy portions (even though it goes overcooked at times). Whereas, the main issue with the film is its inconsistent flow and incompleteness in every other form (reason could be the long delayed shooting due to financial issues and actors’ unavailability). This has affected everything including the actors’ looks and abruptness in scenes and characters. The film looks episodic in most portions (assume that the film has 5 episodes: Episode 1 – Shiva falls for Myla, Episode 2 – He tells her about Priya, Episode 3 – Love blossoms between Shiva and Myla, Episode 4 – The problem for their marriage, Episode 5 – The solution). We do not feel any emotions or excitement, when the film progresses from one episode to the other. Over a point of time, the too much of redundant humour also makes the film just look like a collection of jokes.

Good thing is that Director Pandiraj has taken enough time to make some small level of study about IT professionals, today’s youngsters, their ideologies and today’s style of arranged marriages; it is evidently seen in the mobile conversation scenes, the twitter style character introductions and the ideas such as the one where the Mobile contact is used to denote the characters’ closeness (Myla > Ammu > Wifey). Simbhu is so smart and lovable all-through the film (such as the restaurant scene). How cool it is to see him in a film where he does not utter any insane punch dialogues or does not attempt any heroic acts; it is really good to see him do such roles at least. Soori’s extraordinary one-liners and his dialogue modulations guarantees laughter crackers in the theatre. Nayanthara has done her part so perfectly, as usual. Actors such as Andrea, Jayaprakash, Madhusudhan Rao and Arjunan Nandakumar has done a convincing job. Kuralarasan’s songs are the biggest drawback of this film; most of them are below average to average and they begin from nowhere.

Rating: 3/5

Verdict: A ROM-COM movie that guarantees time-pass, despite being conventional!

Review by: Rahman

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