Chimbudevan and Arulnithi should be lauded for taking the path less travelled with Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavanigalum (OKMK). It is a different concept which has been fairly well-executed. The film moves on the premise – what happens if a minute is delayed?
Enter Chimbudevan’s fantasy world. The film opens in heaven with Brahma and Narada muni, in conversation with Lord Shiva about the importance of time and fate. Lord Shiva has a computer base of all the people in the world. He picks Tamizh (Arulnidhi) from his database and explains in detail the importance of time and even one minute can change the life of an individual.
Lord Shiva shows three different episodes in a person’s life, just by change of time and how the delay changes the whole situation. He illustrates his point through a kidnapping incident. Tamizh is asked to kidnap his lover Isabella (Ashritha Shetty,) by her father’s arch-rival in business as she is about to get married in a church. Tamizh is assisted by two other cons Malar (Bindhu Madhavi) and Isakki (Baghavathi).
OKMK‘s plot movement is divided into three parts. Each part starts from the same situation but develops differently and has a different outcome. The crux of the story is that three different timing will have three different endings. The timing will have the three principal characters encountering different situations showing how the ways of people they meet change the story.
Chimbudevan’s script and Arulnithi’s cool performance is what makes the film work. The one-liners and some scenes are really funny. The tea shop scenes involving the three lead actors, Manobala as Malayalee tea shop owner, Naren as an encounter specialist are a riot. Some of the scenes are intelligent, like the way the director shows the different stages of watermelon sold by a lady in a cart. The group of ants in the climax is also a well thought about scene. And the dialogue of VS Ragavan in the end about how earth will stop for a minute if lovers are not united, brings the house down.
The film belongs to Arulnithi . He is cool and does his role with a lot of ease and has perfect timing and his body language is apt. It is a difficult role as the situation changes for the hero in three different episodes and Arulnithi makes it convincing. The others in the cast like Bindu Madhavi, Bhagavathy, Naren, Mohan Ram, VS Ragahavan have lent able support to make the humour work out.
The film is heavily influenced by Tom Tykwer’s German classic Run Lola Run (1998). However, the makers have guts to acknowledge in the end title card that the film is inspired from Run Lola Run, Rashamon and Virumandi On the downside, the film becomes predictable in the second half and should have been trimmed to make it 2 hours. Chimbudevan is imaginative and this film is sure to appeal to someone seeking a refreshing change.
Verdict - Refreshing