|Shri, Mysskin, Aditya Menon, Mona|
Mysskin is back with a bang. His latest Onayum Aatukuttiyum is a gripping edge of the seat emotional dark thriller which also entertains. The director whose last outing was the disastrous Mugamoodi is on familiar grounds here.
The film works for its unique story telling method without any commercial compromises as it has no heroine and songs. And aided superbly by Ilayaraja’s background score, which is the backbone of the film. Plus likeable performances by the lead characters Shri and Mysskin and all new supporting cast.
The entire film happens during one night in Chennai. All locations are actual, which makes it believable. One night Chandran (Shri) an upright medical student sees a badly injured stranger on a deserted road. Chandran takes the man with bullet injuries on his bike to hospitals which refuse to treat him. And unwittingly the young man’s destiny is tied up with man whom he saved a killer on the run!
The underlining message is about a man who is trying to redeem the wrongs in his life and the clash between the good and the bad. As the title suggest it is about two guys one a cunning and ruthless wolf and the other an innocent lamb.
The biggest strength of the film is Ilayaraja’s background score which enhances the silence in the movie and is a character by itself. Some parts of the film there is long silence without any dialogues , the background score heightens the mood of anxiety and dread.
Shri gives a riveting performance and is an actor of substance in the making. Mysskin plays to his strengths as the killer who is trying to redeem his past and has hardly any dialogues and is convincing in the crucial climax scene.
The supporting cast are all well etched and leave a mark. Cameraman Junior Renga’s night shots of greys, blacks and deserted Chennai roads and graveyard scene are in sync with the films ominous mood.
The downside of the film is that it is a bit stretched at 2 hours and 20 minutes. Mysskin style of shot composition takes its own time and is long drawn out. If the film would have been a little crisper the drag would not have been felt.
On the whole, Onayum Aatukuttiyum is a stylishly made thriller and a class act. Not to be missed.
Verdict – Good