O Kadhal Kanmani

O Kadhal Kanmani



Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 20 April 2015

Movie Title

O Kadhal Kanmani


Mani Ratnam

Star Cast

Dulquer Salmaan, Nitya Menen

Who can resist a good love story, and this one wins you over with its simple charm, immensely likeable characters, and the intrinsic humour in the writing. The real magic of this film lies in the performances of its two main leads Dulquer and Nitya. 

There is so much of positivity, feel good factor and poignant moments in Mani Ratnam's O Kadhal Kanmani that the exhilarating energy begins with the title card itself, when we are introduced to the protagonist Aadhi Varadarajan (Dulquer Salmaan), who is an avid gamer.The super cool animated Mumbai city along with AR Rahman's alluring music elevates the energy to the different level.

Dulquer gets down from a train and sees the cherubic Tara (Nithya Menon) who is threatening a guy that she is going to jump in front of a train. Soon, their second meeting happens and they talk about their disbelief in the system of marriage! For them it is all about falling in love and start a live-in relationship and Mani makes this entire situation extremely believable.

There is something cute and adorable about Aadhi and Tara thanks to the comfortable chemistry that they share which translates well on screen. They just don't sizzle, but they definitely stir up some heat. Excellent characterization! The dialogues are gems. Sample- When she hesitates to be the pillion, he immediately says Na Venna un koodavey Thallitu nadanthu Varatuma  which puts a big grin on our face and in the other scene both of them decide to stay in a lodge, she asks Unaala nalla paiyen ah iruka mudiyuma' and he says 'mudiyum aana un kooda kashtam, the entire film is filled with such cute moments which is the biggest strength.

If Mani captures the young urban romance with Aadhi and Tara, the traditional aesthetic romance is conveyed through the Ganapathy (Prakash Raj) and Bhavani (Leela Samson) pair, the latter is affected by Alzheimer disease. The way Tara and Aadhi accept the traditional married life of Bhavani and Ganapathy is another poignant moment in the film, and by the way watch out for the cute climax!

Dulquer is good looking and if that's not a bonus, his screen presence and natural performance and above all his likable face lifts the film. He is definitely someone to watch out for in Tamil. Uninhibited and spontaneous, Nitya Menen is the soul of this picture, its biggest strength, as she brings alive her character with not just those expressive eyes and infectious smile, but with the kind of candor that actors seldom invest in their work.  Prakash Raj puts in all his experience as the old caring husband while Leela Samson attracts us with her innocent yet charming act. Ramya S and Buddy Prabhu as the hero's friends has small but significant roles. 

The premise is simple and to Mani Ratnam's credit, he keeps the story focused and spares us of subplots. Technically OK Kanmani is superior as both AR Rahman and PC Sreeram have given their career best work for Mani Ratnam as the master craftsman himself is in tremendous form. Compared to the mediocre cinema we have been subjected to lately, O Kadhal Kanmani is definitely above a notch. It is a film bursting with the kind of lovely little moments that'll bring a smile on your face.

Verdict: Go for it!

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