Movie: Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani, Santhanam
“Oru Kal Oru Kannadi” (OKOK) is the third flick of one of the very few directors who can handle the humour quotient perfectly; humour that actually makes the audience burst out in laughter. Though Santhanam is the one who is responsible for it, without Rajesh, it could have just been plain dull. OKOK does have the wit but the problem is that everything seems to be same old.
Search further and one cannot find a proper storyline. The bottomline is that the central theme of the story turns out to be the same as his previous two flicks. An ordinary hero loves a rich girl despite a number of roadblocks. You can also find many scenes and characters that are repeated. If Rajesh thinks this is his signature, he is wrong. After some time, it just becomes annoying.
Both the male and female leads lack in basic acting skills. They don't know to dance, speak, let alone act. In some places, even their walk looks pesky. Though Udhayanidhi is not a veteran, Rajesh has tried to draw out the best from him.
The true hero of the movie is, of course, Santhanam. Every review that you read about OKOK will have a separate paragraph or two dedicated only for Santhanam. His mere presence makes the audience go gaga. With his usual drollness, hilarious English accent and the Iyer aathu baashai, he completely takes control of the audience. In the supporting roles, National Award-winner Saranya is the only one worth mentioning.
Pros and Cons
Some songs seemed to be out-of-sync, but the usual Harris magic compensates for them. Visuals of the chart busters Venam Machan and Kaathal Oru Butterfly do justice to the audio. Others are just added to make the movie run long enough.
One of the major weaknesses is the editing. After decent works in SMS and BEB, Vivek Harshan should have done a better job as the film lacks a decent story.
Though major portions of the movie seem just okay; it turns out to be a hilarious entertainer merely because of Santhanam's presence.
Bottomline: It's ok! If only Santhanam appeared in more scenes
AJAY VARDHAN B., III Year, B.Tech, SASTRA University