Direction : Nelson
Production : Kenanya Films
Starring : Dinesh, Mia George, Nivetha Pethuraj
Music : Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography : Gokul
Editing : V J Sabu Joseph
Just a short film as portfolio in his kitty, filmmaker Nelson Venkatesan makes his debut directorial with this film ‘Oru Naal Koothu’ starring an ensemble cast of Attakathi Dinesh, Mia George, Nivetha, Karunakaran, Riythvika, Ramesh Thilak, Charlie, Bala Saravanan and few more. Justin Prabhakaran has composed music and Gokul Bejoy has handled cinematography.
The lives of three women on the verge of getting married and the pressures and complications they go through. Mia George from an orthodox family doesn’t get married as her father keeps avoiding the proposals with some reasons. Then it’s Riythvika, a RJ who isn’t getting her life settled because of her dark complexion and media job. Finally, it’s Nivetha, a rich IT girl who is in love with a pathetic inferiority complex Dinesh, who is from a middle class family. All these lives are turned upside down with unexpected twists in their dramatic lives.
Marriage is an institution of hearts and souls and when it comes to Indian society; it is something more than a boy and girl entering wedlock. Although a debutant, Nelson has offered the realistic portrayal of marriages and how it affects and influences the lives of many at a critical juncture. In fact, the scene where Riythvika urges Satish to marry her could be a sort of dislike of whether a girl of such desperations, but it clinches the reality that you might have not experienced. Karunakaran’s earnest attempts as a brother to get his sister settled signify a reality yet again. Although the climax portion could be regarded as a dissatisfactory amongst few people, it is commendable work by Nelson or else this would have been a usual Tamil cinema with usual ending. Musical score by Justin Prabhakaran offers more enlivenment to the tale and cinematography by Gokul Bejoy is top-notch for both the songs and background score are very well canned.
Mia George is the ultimate showstopper as her performance sans many dialogues, but more expressions is best. She gains our sympathy and we surely feel the pain she goes through. Nivetha an egoistic IT girl in an impulsive role does it all rightly and it never looks like her debut film. Riythvika justifies her role, but it’s Karunakaran playing her brother who gets more substantiality. Charlie as his pal does a neat job. Dinesh is still brooding over his Cuckoo days and he has try something out of that box. Ramesh Thilak encompasses humour and so is Bala Saravanan who manages to offer some witty strokes in places.
1. Screenplay engrossingly done
2. Star-cast and performance
3. Cinematography, Music and other technical department
What doesn’t work?
1. Some slightest sluggish moments that includes the episodes involving Riythvika
Although, the film seems to be targeted upon youth cohorts, it eventually ends up as a family entertainer and it can be watched by universal groups for engaging entertainment.
Verdict : Fun and emotions packed with reality
Rating : 5/10
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