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Unnodu Ka: more blooper reel than a full-fledged comedy

A still from the movie.

A still from the movie.  

Why didn’t some of the film’s excessive writing spill into the jokes department?

Unnodu Ka isn’t yet another comedy about how a couple from warring families unite. It’s a lot more. In fact, it’s so much more with its countless sub-plots and characters that it becomes exhausting to sit through what should simply have been a rollicking laugh riot.

We have two cousins, born a second apart, who hate each other. We have their fathers, descendents of two warring factions, who want their children to get married to reunite their families. We have their best friends who seek the support of these two cousins to help them elope.

Genre: Comedy
Director: Tanuj Bhramar
Cast:Aari, Maya, Prabhu, Urvashi
Bottomline: Less film, more blooper reel
Then we have a fourth sub-plot involving their village, where a ban has been imposed on chickens and eggs. We also have another one involving a prospective groom named Bruce Lee, who prefers to drive around in an ambulance to impress his fiancé.

Now, all these separate ideas could easily have flown smoothly, as long as the laughs kept coming, but that’s where we’re left starved. Despite the repertoire of able character artists like Prabhu, Urvashi, M.S. Bhaskar, Bala Saravanan and Manobala, they just don’t have enough material to keep us laughing. Why didn’t some of the film’s excessive writing spill into the jokes department? Instead of all the time spent establishing one set piece after another, why not focus on keeping it simple with better dialogues? In its present form, it feels more like a blooper reel than a full-fledged comedy.



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