As the title implies, Debut director Nelson Venkatesan’s ‘Oru Naal Koothu’ speaks about the scenario of today’s marriages – the tension, pressure, expectations and uncertainties in these marriages, either it is a love marriage or an arranged marriage.
The director has taken the story of 3 women – Lakshmi, a fearful & timorous village whose problem is her stubborn father who rejects her alliances for various reasons, Susheela, a RJ who isn’t married yet due to various expectations from the grooms’ end, Kavya, a Chennai IT girl who cannot convince her boyfriend for marriage due to his commitments and inferiority complex feelings. Other than these primary characters, every other character in the film has their own views on marriage or expectations about their life-partner. Be it the groom who rejects Susheela just because he confused by his friends’ words or Susheela’s uncle who is always worried that he is not married yet or Kavya’s father or Lakshmi’s father, every one of their character makes a lot of sense.
The biggest plus point of ‘Oru Naal Koothu’ is its aesthetically pleasing approach towards the plot that speaks about a very common issue that we see and hear often. Though there are a lot of films about marriage and its issues, ‘Oru Naal Koothu’ is a very fresh attempt in the recent times. Nelson Venkatesan seems to be a very promising debut who impresses in the making, characters establishment & development and the plot development. The penetrating moments are very well backed by measured performances. The dialogues are simple and straight-to-the-point, say ‘Naai vandhaa mattum yen eriyanum?’
The film has got everything perfectly measured and packed in the first half – emotions, drama and humour; the problem begins when it starts getting cheesy in the mid second half (especially when we see too much of drama towards the end and a song that could have been easily avoided). The ending at the marriage hall also looked so abrupt and very much unconvincing. Only these minuses stops ONK from becoming a great film, which actually had an inordinate potential to be one.
Coming to performance, all the three lead female actors have done a flawless job. Mia George has done great justification to her role once again, after her recent films. Rithvika fits into the role prettily, whereas Nivetha looks exactly like a girl-next-door resembling the Chennai IT girls. Dinesh has done his part decently, with no complaints to point out. Bala Saravanan provides the much needed laughter relief now and then, his performance is really enjoyable after a number of poor roles in recent times. Karunakaran, Charle and Ramesh Thilak does shine in their small roles. Gokul’s cinematography and Sabu Joseph’s editing has been so contributing to ONK. This review would be incomplete without mentioning about the stellar job by Justin Prabhakaran in songs and background score which has elevated the film’s standards to a different level; he deserves a very big appreciation, wish he would reach great heights soon!
Review by: Rahman
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