Thursday 09 June 2016
Oru Naal Koothu
Dinesh, Mia George, Rithvika, Nivetha
Last week, we had Karthik Subbaraj’s Iraivi, which was an unusual feminist movie that did not work well with women audiences. Now this Friday, debutant director Nelson Venkatesan’s Oru Naal Koothu also depicts the life and love of three women who are from different background.
The story dwels into the system of arranged marriages and the pressure that goes with it which has been portrayed with realism and élan. Perhaps Oru Naal Koothu should have been titled as Iraivi because here the major portions of the film revolves around women.
The three young women, who are on the verge of getting married — Lakshmi (Mia George), a timid homely girl from Trichy, radio jockey Susheela (Ritwika) and Kavya (Nivetha Pethuraj) a no-nonsense headstrong IT professional.
Lakshmi’s problem is her orthodox and stern dad (Nagineedu), rejects all the eligible guys who come to see her for different reasons. For Susheela, her dark skin and a job in the media are huge obstacles, that no one is willing to tie the knot with her, while Kavya’s biggest worry is that her boyfriend Raj (Dinesh) is an introvert who has a serious inferior complex, as he comes from a lower middle-class family. In short, Oru Naal Koothu portrays the pre-wedding pressure and its effect on today’s youngsters on a lighter vein.
What really works in the favor of the film are the excellent performances fro the lead cast especially the three female leads who are absolutely flawless. Mia George is apt as the coy girl-next-door girl. Rithvika is in top form as the bold and confident RJ. After Madras, this is yet another splendid performance from the actress and she is here to stay for a long time.
Nivetha is a promising find and she fits into her role beautifully. Dinesh, as Raj is wooden in most parts & his performance has a Cuckoo hangover. Bala Saravanan, who comes as Dinesh’s friend is a riot and his one liners evoke good laughter. Ramesh Thilak, Karunakaran, Charlie, Nagineedu in small roles impress.
Director Nelson Venkatesan’s idea is unique and it has been presented smartly interlinking all the characters in the climax. Even the accident twist in the end is a surprise.Technically, Justin Prabhakaran’s music is a big plus and all songs are beautifully placed. He elevates the emotional sequences with his rerecording prowess. Gokul’s visuals and angles are crystal clear whereas Sabu V Joseph edits help the movie to maintain the coherency.
Overall, the brisk pace, fine performances of lead actresses and intelligent narration makes Oru Naal Koothu definitely worth a watch.
Oru Naal Koothu review: Verdict: Impressive