Director: Ra Karthik
Many of us have atleast once wished to take a break from our everyday life and embark on a trip with picturesque scenaries. Unfortunately, most of us will not be in a situation to act upon this desire. However, it is truely gratifying when we watch it atleast onscreen. Nitham Oru Vaanam is one such movie, which leaves you with a wholesome feeling at the end.
The movie revolves around Arjun (Ashok Selvan) who is forced to travel after his marriage is stopped mid-way. As someone with a condition like OCD, how he embarks on this journey and discovers himself forms the rest of the story.
The film moves slow. It takes time in establishing the character arc of our hero Arjun. It’s almost coincidental when Arjun meets Subhadra ( Ritu Varma) just like the original pair Arjuna and Subhadra in Mahabharata. Ra Karthik has quite a few elements like this hidden in the film, giving us a complete rom-com package.
The story is of self-discovery. Some parts of it are beyond belief; like how some characters fall in love. But, if we put aside the exaggerated factors, the movie tries to convey a beautiful message. It makes us sit back and think about what we’re actually doing with the lives we have. It makes us want to travel long distances, to find a way we can all discover ourselves. That way, Ra Karthik has won in making us all feel good.
However, the movie could have avoided the numerous montages showing in detail every little story. Although the story fully revolves around the smaller stories within it, montages and songs make us a little impatient while watching the film. The run time could have been shortened a little more to make the film more crisp and conclusive.
Ashok Selvan charms us as not only Arjun, but also as Veera and Prabha. The difference he shows in every character explains the efforts he has taken for his performance. He has entered a world of make believe for us to have faith in Arjun’s struggle as someone with a condition like OCD. Ritu Varma has played a fun extrovert who meets Arjun by chance. Her character’s backstory is not established in detail, but that doesn’t bother us as the movie is about Arjun. Towards the end of the film, we know that Ritu Varma has played a very convincing Subha.
Aparna Balamurali is yet another actress who has surprised us with her villege belle role. Speaking the perfect dialect, and gesticulating the perfect way, it is impossible for you to take your eyes of the naughty and adamant Mathi (Aparna’s character). Shivathmika, Sshivada, Abirami, and all the other supporting characters have also ensured that their roles are done with perfection.
Although the song montages were tiring, Gopi Sundar’s songs were calming and they resonate happiness. Kaatril Sikki is a soulful song that will remind us to take the long pending vacation that we haven’t taken in ages. The movie also has picturesque scenaries and wonderful settings. It awakens the wanderlust side of you, by the end of the movie.
On the whole, Nitham Oru Vaanam is a wholesome watch. You can go with your partners or your family. The movie will surely ignite a lot of thoughts inside of you. Nitham Oru Vaanam will make you want to make impulsive decisions and you might actually embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Verdict: Watch Nitham Oru Vaanam to travel to places you have never gone!