Enai Noki Paayum Thota (ENPT) Movie Review
A middling thriller with sparks here and there.
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
A Gautham Menon film is a Gautham Menon film. However early or late the film comes, it always carries some amount of excitement. And more so, when a powerhouse like Dhanush is at the centre stage, giving it his all. With Enai Nokki Paayum Thota, the duo deliver a basic, middling thriller that does remind us a lot of the director’s earlier films.
For starters, Enai Noki Paayum Thota is like the poor man’s version of Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada with respect to its idea where a love story slowly turns into an action thriller. However, the product here is devoid of interesting ideas in the screenplay. Gautham brings in a very simple plot of a common man falling for an actress, and then gives way to some sub-plots to add up to the conflict. After a good first half, the film moves into a very dragging and spineless second half that doesn’t contribute much. GVM’s presentation style, lovely song visuals, few nice romantic sequences and the skill of using music as a narrative tool is all there in parts. But where’s the chessboard-like writing, which was the best part about his thrillers? Missing.
ENPT is made watchable thanks to Dhanush, who turns up with a splendid performance overall. Firstly, it is important to mention how the film still looks so new thanks to his unchanged physical appearance which does not remind us of the time that has gone by.
Such a film is nearly a cakewalk for him, and he does the job with ease, pulling off the stylish parts nicely. Megha Akash has a strong role to play, and does it neatly keeping in mind the fact that this is indeed her first film. The rest of the cast don’t make a big impact but for Senthil Veerasamy, who has a presence at least.
The film is technically solid – be it the striking visuals that bloom with class all over, or Darbuka Siva’s gob-smacking songs and background that elevate almost every scene with delight. These two reasons are the elements that make the film go higher than what it is.
On the whole, ENPT is a passable thriller that strikes in parts. It is Dhanush and Darbuka Siva who score high, more was definitely expected from the rest. Enai Noki Paayum Thota (ENPT) Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas