Vijay Sethupathi's Orange Mittai has swooped into many theatres all over the world. Expectations were quite high for this film as Vijay Sethupathi has been portrayed as an old man. Does the film fulfil its expectations? What does Orange Mittai has to offer? Continue to read our review to know.
Orange Mittai Plot:
The film opens with the death anniversary of Sathya's (Ramesh Thilak) father. Having lost his father exactly a year ago, Sathya a paramedic, receives a call from an elderly person, who lets him know that he requires an ambulance as soon as possible.
Sathya, along with another paramedic, rushes to the old man's house in an ambulance and helps Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi) to board the vehicle. In the process, he learns that the old man isn't fighting for his life as claimed by him earlier, but he is a heart patient nevertheless.
As these three men begin their journey in the ambulance, Kailasam's grumpy and obstinate nature causes trouble to the paramedics and the course of their journey changes drastically.
Who is Kailasam? What does he really want? What is the cause behind his adamant nature? Answers to these questions forms the crux of the story. Also, an emotional connect between Kailasam and Sathya has been narrated in the latter half of the movie, quite beautifully.
As expected, Vijay Sethupathi stands out in his new avatar. His mannerisms as a crabby old man will make you laugh and cry all at the same time.
Kudos to the actor for taking up such a simple yet complicated role and to deliver what is required in a powerful way. His willingness to experiment will only add credibility to his acting career.
Ramesh Thilak comes up with yet another believable performance. He has even tried his hand at sentiment in this flick and his subtle performance in such scenes will definitely open new doors for the actor.
Orange Mittai is technically strong too. Biju Viswanath's unique way of narrating a story has worked like a charm in Orange Mittai.
His cinematography too is above par as he has tried refreshingly new angles which elevates certain scenes. With a total run time of 1 hour and 41 minutes, his editing too is as impressive as it can get.
Justin Prabhakaran's background score is the only setback Orange Mittai suffers from. The music director could've kept his audience engaged with a subtle BGM. His songs though are a huge plus and serves a real purpose in the entire movie.
Orange Mittai as the name suggests is a bitter sweet film. It emphasizes on a simple yet forgotten rule to live one's life to the fullest. It is also a story that narrates the relationship between a father and a son with a difference.
Check out the slides below for interesting information and stills from Orange Mittai:
Vijay's First Movie
Orange Mittai is Vijay Sethupathi's first movie as a producer. It is to be noted that the flick is co-produced by B Ganesh of Common Man Productions.
The entire movie revolves around three central characters (seen in the pic). Most of the scenes were shot in and around Tirunelveli and Papanasam areas.
Aashritha doesn't have much to prove in this movie. Her screen space too is limited which comes across as a surprise.
Orange Mittai is definitely one of the sweetest moments in Ramesh Thilak's career so far as the movie has provided him the much needed opportunity to perform. Also, his character appears throughout the film.
The Grumpy Old Man
When Vijay Sethupathi launched the movie, he had revealed that the role of a 55 year old man would be played by producer turned actor Jayaprakash. However, it was later confirmed that the role would be played by Vijay Sethupathi himself.
Father Son Relationship
The basic purpose of this movie is to narrate a father son relationship with a difference.
One Of The Best Scenes
Vijay Sethupathi's performance in Orange Mittai can be termed as his career best till date. The ease with which this actor has pulled off this particular role with finesse will leave you dumbstruck.
Two Songs Penned By Vijay Sethupathi
Yes, 'Straight Ah Poyee' and 'Orae Oru Oorula' have been penned and sung by Vijay Sethupathi himself. All the songs in the film are surprisingly good.
Watch out for some spectacular locations which are well captured by Biju Viswanath. The visuals add to the feel good factor of the film.
Box Office Success?
Well, it's hard to tell if the movie can satisfy all types of audience. Also with two other Tamil movies releasing today (31st July), Orange Mittai's box office success is uncertain as of now.