Kalavani should have been the prompting factor for many filmmakers to cast the same pair (Vimal-Oviya) over and again. Having shared the screen space together in few films, they're here back in 'Sillunnu Oru Sandhippu', a so-called romantic entertainer (as promoted by the makers) hitting screens on the occasion of Valentine's Day.
Traversing through the age of adolescence and adulthood, the perception of 'LOVE' changes. Of course, everyone in the schooldays eventually would fall in love with any beautiful boy or girl, which is nothing but a kind of infatuation and it vanishes on one fine day. It obviously leads nowhere but to a fancied world that is not a permanent one.
From the time of 'Panneer Pushpangal', we have been gettting through these preachy movies, amongst which few have been really adorable and some patently made for the sake of lust and glamour to be exposed to finally end with a message (Thullavadho Ilamai might be a simple illustration). Sillunnu Oru Sandhippu distinctly joins the latter category as director Ravi Lallin seems to be stuck somewhere in getting a clear idea about the film he delivers.
As stated, SOS is nothing but a time-worn flick that doesn't grab your attention for its hackneyed theme. Moreover, the casting turns out to be a terrible mistake for Vimal as an urban peppy guy is ludicruous. Sorry to say! It's been evident from his previous movie 'Ishtam' that portrayed him in the similar role. Nothing to blame on him and it's the director's part to make sure he had found an artist with right skills to execute this role. Oviya can try out for some better and challenging roles rather than sticking to stereotyped roles. Deepa Shah tries to keep up her best, but again the miserable writing fails to depict her vitality. Charu Haasan is spotted on screens after a long time and his characterization is convincing.
If there is something convincing, it's cinematography by Rajesh Yadav. The visuals in Ooty and foreign locales have been captured fabulously. Rajesh surely deserves something more to work on big projects. Both the songs and background score are just mediocre.
Had the director had tried to add more freshness to the film, SOS would be a cool breeze romantic entertainer.
Verdict: SOS - Dryness and Drought with a pinch of Oasis.
Review by Richard Mahesh
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