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Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren Review: A Comedy of Errors!

Stalking, Woman abduction, Forced Marriage, and Rape jokes are not the only problems in this venture!

Let’s look at the verdict first – It’s a laughter riot. Categorising it as a black comedy would work far better than calling it indie just because Vijay Sethupathi is the lead. However, the amount of pauses between each dialogue exchange makes us wonder if the flick is an attempt between a Mani Ratnam movie or the magic of Naanum Rowdy Thaan. The problem doesn’t lie there though; the stalking and abduction of the female who plays the love interest nullify the least joys the movie has to offer.

 

The plot of this story revolves around a love triangle. Vijay Sethupathi plays Yaman, a leader of a cult-like tribe that worships the God of death who seeks to marry his mamma ponnu, Sowmya a college student. Sowmya already has a fling on with Harish, played by Gautham Karthik. Yaman stalks, abducts (Of course!) and forces marriage on Sowmya whose parents are in support of the former’s wishes! Does the wedding take place? Does the female lead have a voice? This forms the rest of the story.

 

As usual Vijay Sethupathi essays the role and makes it look as easy as putting on a cap of feathers. Gautham Karthik has equally leveled up to Sethupathi and his goofy antics and boyish charms make us root for him in this film and his career in general. The girl who plays the female lead, Niharika has proved her mettle as a debutant. Director Arumuga Kumar has shed light literally on the light comedy and the BGM by Justin Prabhakaran echoed all of the audience’s emotions. The screenplay falls short though and makes us wonder if the characters are on improv. Daniel Pope has upped his acting game in this movie and made it a one time watch.

 

What steers this away from the blockbuster it could have been is the representation of the love interest. A cop cracking an animal-rape-human joke raises red flags and so does the abducted of the female lead against her will; she hardly raises a hue or cry in front of her abductors. She is then forced into marriage with no support yet is not allowed free speech. Then she spends a good amount of time waiting for Harish to rescue her because, oh well! In the end, however, like all movies before and after it is a happy ending. Is this the progression we hope for? Or is it a disguised progression to shut down complaints? Worth a one time watch, Oru nalla naal pathu solren (Will tell you on a good day) makes us think, oru nalla naal epo varum (When will the good day come)?

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