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Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai review: Sure to bring a gentle smile on your face

Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai review: Sure to bring a gentle smile on your face

Moviebuzz

Friday 26 August 2016

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Movie Title

Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai

Director

Mithran Jawahar

Star Cast

Walter Phillips, Isha Talwar, Arjun, Manoj K Jayan, Singamuthu, Nassar

Remaking rom-coms, especially the ones which have worked big time in Malayalam is tricky business. Love stories across the globe have a template - factors like chemistry between the lead pair, music, visuals and nativity play a crucial role in creating the magic.

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Luckily, director Mithran Jawahar, who had successfully remade Selvaraghavan’s Adavari Matalakku Arthale Verule as Yaradi Nee Mohini in Tamil has tried hard and succeeded to a certain extent with Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai(remake of Thattathin Marayadhu).

As the title suggests, Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai (MOKK) is yet another love story between a Hindu boy Vinoth (Walter Phillips) and Ayisha (Isha Talwar). The original Thattathin Marayadhu worked with the audiences due to fresh casting and the milieu (Thalassery) with colorful visuals and soul-stirring music along with subtle humour. Here, in this remake barring the  slow pace in the second half and few logic loopholes, it is pretty engaging.

The Thalassery backdrop in the original has been changed to Kanyakumari in the remake but these days communism doesn't have stronghold in that locality and we only wish the director could have done few changes suiting the nativity. But leaving aside these minor flaws, MOKK can be enjoyed for the light-hearted screenplay and the satisfying performances of the lead pair—Walter Phillips and Isha Talwar. Especially, Walter Phillips is quite good for a newcomer. Humor comes natural to Walter and he has the charm to become the next chocolate boy in Kollywood whereas it’s a cakewalk for Isha as she has only repeated the same set of expressions from the original.

Another big attraction in the cast is Arjunan, who comes as the hero’s sidekick, his comic lines evoke good laughter and Kollywood filmmakers can utilize him for urban centric films rather than regular stereotype comedians. Manoj K Jayan and Singamuthu’s combination, the cop duo too bring occasional laughters and the rest of the actors including Nassar and Thalaivasal Vijay have done quite well.

GV Prakash’s songs are perfect for the rom-com and one can say that it is the composer’s best in recent time and a special mention for director as has retained the background score of Shaan Rahman from the original, which is another huge advantage for the film. Also, a big pat on cinematographer Vishnu Sharma’s shoulders as he has matched the visual extravaganza of Jommon T John in the original.

Overall, Meeendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai is a one time watch and is sure to bring a gentle smile on your face.

Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai review- Verdict: Watchable