Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
A poignant, mostly effective tale.
Summary : Debutant director Kaali Rangasamy’s ‘Oru Kuppai Kathai’ is a measurably impactful tale that has an interesting view on adultery and perfidy. Taking a leaf out of real-life incidents, the director has nicely woven around an emotional drama, that but for some amateur turns in the second half, achieves its intent.
Cast: Dance Master Dhinesh, Manisha Yadav, Yogi Babu and others
Cinematography: Magesh Muthusamy
Music: Joshua Sridhar
Editing: Gopi Krishna
Stunts: Fire Karthick
Written & Directed by: Kaali Rangasamy
Produced by: Mohamed Aslam, N. Aravindan
Distribution: Red Giant Movies
Release Date: 25-05-2018
Run Time: 02:15:00
Debutant director Kaali Rangasamy’s ‘Oru Kuppai Kathai’ is a measurably impactful tale that has an interesting view on adultery and perfidy. Taking a leaf out of real-life incidents, the director has nicely woven around an emotional drama, that but for some amateur turns in the second half, achieves its intent.
The film is right in its element when it narrates the worries of a garbage cleaner in the first half, depicting his day-to-day life in an open, hard-hitting manner. The side of life that is mostly blinded from a common man’s eye has been brought to the screen wonderfully, with equal support from cinematographer Mahesh Muthuswamy who captures the slums with great skill sets. The film then moves on to its conflicts, which are both tapped in the first half itself. It is only towards the interval that we get to see more of what we have already seen in other films, when the affair angle gets into full form.
Things do take a tragic turn with the emotional drama on the higher side of the see-saw, but here, one does feel that the director did need more maturity in handling such a delicate concept that could go either way if not executed in the right fashion. Despite Manisha Yadav’s top drawer performance, the film does not stand up to the fire it had in the first half. However, the law of averages do play up at the end when the director pulls out a surprise element in the climax, ending it well.
Choreographer Dhinesh makes a fine debut in a film that needs quite a good amount of acting talent. It’s a proper choice for the choreographer to change routes, trying to make a mark as an actor rather than going the heroic way. Manisha Yadav on the other hand, picks up roles that only she would be brave enough to do, and gets them done in a convincing way. Her filmography might not be that famous, but she’s one actress who deserves to go a long way in the industry. The rest of the supporting cast offer little to the film, but for Yogi Babu who manages to tickle the funny bone a bit whenever he appears.
Technically and musically, Oru Kuppai Kathai strikes the right chord with solid cinematography and excellent music from Joshua Sridhar. Songs like Vaa Machi, Vilagathe En Uyire and Mazhai Pozhindhidhum Neram add value to the film, making it rememberable.
Toting up, Oru Kuppai Kathai is a laudable effort from director Kaali Rangasamy and his team. If you are sucker for melodramatic tales such as Angadi Theru, this may be a good watch for you.