Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 01 August 2015
Vijay Sethupathi, RJ Thilak, Bala, Aashritha
Orange Mittai, as the name suggests is all about flavors of life. What we seek in life and what it gives us, the journey which we all are experiencing in our life time!
Sathya (Ramesh Thilak) is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who works in the ambulance service provided by state government. One year ago, Sathya lost his father and now, he wants to start a new episode by marrying his ladylove Kavya (Aashritha) but for that he should leave his job and start working in a business firm run by his father-in-law.
Mean while, Sathya meets an old man called Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi ), a chronic kidney patient who often calls emergency ambulance to take a short trip. Later, we are shown that terms are not good between Kailasam and his son hence he is using the short trip to meet new people and have new flavors in life.
The rest of the film is all about the incredible bond established between Sathya and Kailasam which ends with a feel good climax.
Orange Mittai totally belongs to Vijay Sethupathi that one could call it as his career best performance. A big kudos to the actor for taking the extra risk by playing an old man role and must say, he has simply breathed life into the role. The audacious attitude and subtle emotions of the actor is sheer class that he has once again proved his acting prowess.
Bala who acted as Ramesh Thilak’s sidekick evokes some good laughter while the latter finds it difficult to portray the abstractly sketched character. Had the director given equal importance to Thilak’s character, audience would have felt for both Kailasam and Sathya but now our heart goes only to the former.
Director Biju Viswanath has also done the cinematography and editing of the film which is adequate for the theme and flow.
Best thing about Orange Mittai is its running time which is just 101 minutes but the background score by Justin Prabhakaran is too loud that there is no silent moment in the film. Also, the romantic sequences between both Thilak and Aashritha is a bit dragging that the initial portions move at snail pace.
To conclude, Orange Mittaiis a crisp film with less melodrama and some genuine feel good moments while a little bit extra effort on the characterization and writing, it would have made a remarkable attempt.
Verdict: Feel good drama
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