With a desperate need to strike the gold back in box office, Maniratnam forays into a speculative zone of Live-in relationship.
Years back, an adult comedy titled ‘Friends with Benefits’ had clicked very well in international box office, in fact 75days of successful run in Chennai itself. The film spoke about two strange youngsters who swear on Bible to have no emotional bonding, but just share their relationship without any commitments.
Set in the backdrops of Mumbai, we see Dulquer Salman as Aadhi, a young handsome vibrant guy professionally, a video game developer. On his arrival to Mumbai, he meets a beautiful girl Tara (Nithya Menen) and they have a positive similarities and vibes striking them. ‘No marriage’ is their first word and instantly has their relationship blooming off. Sooner, they come across elderly couple (Prakash Raj and Leena Samson) and get inspired for a change at last.
O Kadhal Kanmani brings about the similar concept. The first half doesn’t have any engaging drama though, the screen presence of Dulquer-Nithya, The top-notch Rahman effect and glossy effects of P.C. Sriram. Lots of hugs and kisses form the first half and the second half takes a serious route of emotions, especially the roles of Prakash Raj and Leela Samson.
Elaborating on some brilliant flashes, we would prefer bringing AR Rahman on the top list of attraction. His background score blatantly speaks off his hard work and ennobles him yet again for his special affinity for Maniratnam. P.C. Sriram’s cinematography with glossy ‘plug-ins’ is a splendid one. Sreekar Prasad is the silent winner on his beautiful transitions.
We have already seen Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen striking some best moments onscreen and ‘Ustad Hotel’ happens to be their magnum opus. Though they are sizzling with their onscreen chemistry, most of the portions involving them show nothing but cuddling with each other. But Prakash Raj and Leena Samson are the absolute winners carrying the entire film on their shoulders.
At the end of this show, it’s a huge celebration for 15-25 age groups of youngsters who love the chirpy lovely scenes. Though Maniratnam isn’t able to break his own record of ‘Alaipayuthey’, it stands half a mile away from this magnum opus, which spoke emotions strongly.
Irrespective of what the theme is all about and how engaging the screenplay was, Maniratnam has his own style of director’s cut in bringing some unique lines that evoke laughter sensibly, some cute expressions from his actors and magical transformation of how the stars look in his films. In all likelihood, O Kadhal Kanmani is a fantasy experience to many audiences as they reflect themselves while watching this film.
Verdict: New-dimensional love story.