Direction : Mani Rathnam
Production : Madras Talkies
Starring : Dulquer Salmaan, Nithya Menon, Prakash Raj, Leela samsan
Music : AR Rahman
Editor : Sreekar Prasad
Camera : PC Sreeram
Live in relationships are west-toxic element that has been silently inspiring many in our country, but which indeed is declining in the land, where it originated. Well, this is not a moment of comparison to draw upon these social contexts and maybe, few groups by this weekend would kick-start their agitations for their own purposes. Adventuring with this newfangled theme of ‘Live-in’ relationship, Maniratnam’s latest outing ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’ stars Malayalam film industry’s most prominent Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen in lead roles.
Maybe, Aadhi (Dulquer) and Tara (Nithya Menen) aren’t really bounded to a tradition called ‘Marriage’. They strongly believe in ‘Live-in Relationship’ and embark on their adventurous romance mindlessly. No strings attached is their motto, but silently they have some changes happening in their hearts after witnessing an unconditional love that exists between the elderly couple (Prakash Raj and Leena Samson) who are house owners of their place.
Everyone looks beautiful... Even the most rustic backdrops are seen beautifully canned and there is a wonderful music played in the backdrops that makes even the ordinary scenes so much spellbinding. A very well packaged formulae that Maniratnam has been constantly sticking up to. O Kadhal Kanmani is no exception as the actors look beautiful and even the miniscule characters have its own toast of prominence. We rarely find some emotional connection during the first half as the lead characters are seen kissing, hugging and romancing all the time. After a certain extent, we get tired of what’s actually happening there. The only solacing part is the Prakash Raj-Leena Samson episode and their eminence actually spreads out some gripping moments. The actual story gets substantially stronger by the last 30 minutes. Maybe, the city guys and girls would blindly love the entire show for the colourful romance and chirpy kisses they are actually bound in their own fantasies.
AR Rahman is the first hero of this film and if not for him, the film would have not actually had the same impact of what it is enjoying now. P.C. Sriram uses the glossy works on the ‘Grading’ part to make the actors look so beautiful.
We would like to bring forth the star-cast based on their performances. It’s Leena Samson making the best spell with her innocuous acting and Prakash Raj as her responsible husband. Their encounters with the young couple are very well dramatised. Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen don’t have anything much to perform, but they have a wonderful onscreen chemistry. VJ Ramya and others in the cast have done the best of their part.
1. AR Rahman
2. Prakash Raj & Leena Samson
3. Visuals by P.C. Sriram
4. Spontaneous dialogues
5. Screen presence of Dulquer and Nithya
What doesn’t work?
1. First half
2. Most of the scenes are repeated
3. Dragging screenplay except last 30 minutes
Overall, O Kadhal Kanmani has elegance conveyed through characterisations and technical aspects, but if the drama was more grippingly different as there was more in Maniratnam’s yesteryear magnum opus ‘Alaipayuthey’, it would have added more intensity.
Verdict: A new-age romance with some interesting elements
Rating : 5/10