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A nifty thriller with a novel central concept!
Debutant Ramprakash Rayappa’s Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthuvam is a nifty, satisfying thriller with Inarittu-like treatment, assisted by a novel central concept and an ample dose of situational comedy. TEOA is yet another finely pick by Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies.
Cast: Attakathi Dinesh, Nakul, Bindhu Madhavi, Aishwarya Datta, Sathish, Urvashi & Others
Cinematography: Deepak Kumar Padhy
Editing: Sabu Joseph
PRO: Nikkil Murugan
Written & Directed by: Ramprakash Rayappa
Produced by: V Chandran for VLS Rock Cinema
Distribution: Red Giant Movies
Release Date: 20-02-2015
Run Time: 02:21:00
Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum is yet another finely pick by Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies. With this addition, the production house’s reputation for unearthing good talent has been kept intact. Known for supporting content-driven projects ranging from small to mid-sized budgets, Red Giant Movies has always been an ardent patron in advocating quality films, and TEOA is yet another feather in their cap.
For its limited budget and scope, what Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum manages to achieve in its 140 odd minutes runtime is really heartening. It is a neatly crafted thriller sans any in-your-face commercial trappings, aided by a generous dose of comedy that seamlessly fits into the story. The halfhearted romance portions are the only let down in this film that narrates a tale of three distinct but intertwined stories which are connected by an impending solar flare (More Details here: Geomagnetic Storm) that suspends all mobile networks in the city temporarily.
The first forty-five minutes of the film takes its leisurely time to set things off gradually but thanks to the brilliant pre-interval sequence, we are assured some exciting things in store for the second half, which moves at a genuinely swift pace.
A terrorist hatches a plot to plant a powerful bomb, operated by mobile, in the heartland of Chennai. A bank accountant-cum-counselor, played by Bindhu Madhavi, is trapped in debris in a construction site with an enormous boulder hanging in the air on the top of her head and waiting to be brought down, without her knowledge. An electronics geek, played by Nakul, who passionately works his brain cells out to recover mobile network coverage with the help of a bunch of frivolous college students. The film is constructed by these three stories. The climax, which brings the entire characters together from all three stories, certainly, culminates on a thrilling note, albeit predictability looms large towards the tail end; but I’m not complaining.
While Sathish plays a pivotal role in the first story with occasional wisecracks, Attakathi Dinesh as a cunning real estate broker plays Bindhu Madhavi’s savior in the second story. But, the most piquant of all is the third story involving Nakul, Urvashi, Manobala and a bunch of college students. Nakul is an all-things-electronics enthusiast who has developed a fervent passion towards constructing devices on his own – he uses a solar bike whose number plate is powered by LED lighting. In a scene, his mother, played by Urvashi – a fifth standard drop-out, studiously explains how a potato can operate as an electrochemical cell to power an LED clock that could be used in the kitchen. Urvashi has delivered a tremendous performance as Nakul’s mother. She perfectly walks the tightrope between being naïve and well-read as Nakul’s mother. Her portions will leave you in splits. While Nakul essays his role with conviction, Aishwarya Dutta as Nakul’s love-interest is not convincing with her stilted expressions.
Hear this: The third story involves a lot of science that any science-hater would feel grueling to comprehend. Base station, transmitters, receivers, microwave signal, antennas etc are some of the terms that are part of the story. But the way Ramprakash Rayappa has narrated this in an understandable means would make even science-haters smile. Yes, you will feel understood in a certain way. Sabu Joseph has done a smashing job in putting together all three stories with his lucid editing work.
Debutant filmmaker Ramprakash Rayappa’s Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthuvam is a nifty, satisfying thriller with Inarittu-like treatment, assisted by a novel central concept and an ample dose of situational comedy.
Tamiluku En Ondrai Aluthavum Movie Review Rating: 3/5
Written by Surendhar MK