Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 27 November 2015
Anushka, Arya, Prakash Raj, Urvashi
Inji Iduppazhagi is sure to touch your heart as it is a feel-good, glossy entertainer that is packaged smartly. The real magic of this film lies in the performance and screen presence of Anushka and the actress single handedly steals the show with her endearing expressions and body language. No other actress could play Sweety better than Anushka has.
Soundarya aka sweety (Anushka Shetty) is a carefree working girl, who is a foodie and enjoys her life to the fullest. But her mother (Urvashi) is worried about her obese daughter and all the grooms that she finds reject Sweety as she is fat! Frustrated by all the rejections, Sweety says “No” to Abhi(Arya) who is apparently smitten by her innocence and kindheartedness. Later, Abhi falls in love with a fitness freak and social worker like him, the slim and svelte Simran( Sonal Chauhan).
But slowly somewhere down the lane, Sweety takes a liking for Abhi but is shattered when she realises that he is in love with Simran. Sweety decides to join a slimming centre to lose weight as advised by her mother. What happens then and will the film have a happy ending?
Uninhibited and spontaneous, Anushka is the biggest strength of this film. She not only brings alive her character with those smart lines, but with the kind of candor actors seldom invest in their work. It is completely an Anushka show and the rest of the cast other than Urvasi does not match up to her. Prakash Raj's character is another stereotypical one for the veteran actor. Arya has nothing much to do.
Inpite of all this, Inji Iduppazhagi cannot claim to be a perfect film. Lips sync is a big worry and parts of the second half are over-stretched and clunky-especially towards the climax, though the film has a smart running time of two hours. However, these are a few wrong turns in an otherwise entertaining film. Nirav Shah's camerawork is good and he has proved that even South Indian films can look glossy on par with Bollywood.
To conclude, PVP Cinemas Inji Iduppazhagi rests on Anushka's shoulders and she carries it with her Herculean talent. It’s a film bursting with the kind of lovely little moments that will bring a smile to your face.
Verdict: Feel-good entertainer