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Producer Udhayanidhi Stalin is turning a full-time actor with Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, which is out and out comedy entertainer. With hilarious one-liners and wonderful performances of the lead stars, the Tamil film wins the heart of the audience.
The story begins with a courier boy delivering a post to Saravanan (Udhayanidhi Stalin), where he receives a wedding invitation of his girlfriend Meera (Hansika Motwani). In order to stop the marriage, he sets a journey to Pondicherry along with Parthasarathy (Santhanam) in a car. As they move ahead, a flashback opens up, which tells the tale of their friendship and their love story.
Saravanan, who is a childhood friend of Partha, sees a masked girl at a traffic signal when he was on his way to drop his mother (Saranya Ponvannan) to a college. The mother and son pass on a comment that makes her to remove her scarf and show her face. The moment he sees her face, he falls in love with her and the love story begins. The rest of the tale is advised to watch on-screen.
From the word go, Oru Kal Oru Kannadi keeps you engaging with its comic scenes. Though, we cannot say that the movie has a good story, there is not a single moment where the audience get bored. Director Rajesh has penned a simple yet lively story. His narration, like before, is impressive. The strengths of Oru Kal Oru Kannadi are the one-liners and the way Santhanam mouths it. However, the drawback of the story is that there is not anything new in the film and the audience had seen such rom-coms more often than not.
Acting wise, Udhayanidhi Stalin does a good job in his debut film Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. He looks younger than his age and if he can improve his acting skills, the producer-turned-actor can definitely take up a full-time acting career. But his dancing abilities are not impressive and he has to work on it. When it comes to Santhanam, the comedian breaks the funny bones of the audience all through. In fact, it would not be exaggeration if we say that he is the second lead actor of the film. Bubbly Hansika Motwani is beautiful and charming. Last but not the least, Saranya Ponvannan has given an excellent performance. And others like Azhagam Perumal, Sayaji Shinde, Uma Padmanabhan are okay in their limited roles. It is also noted that Arya, Sneha and Andrea have done guest appearances in the movie.
Technically, Balasubramaniam's cinematography is good, Harris Jayaraj's 'Venaam machan...' and 'Kathal oru butterfly...' are praise worthy. Vivek Harshan's editing is decent. We should appreciate director M Rajesh for doing a neat and enjoyable film.
Verdict: Oru Kal Oru Kannadi may not have a great storyline, but watching the film is worth every penny.
Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Hansika Motwani, Santhanam, Saranya Ponvannan, Azhagam Perumal, Sayaji Shinde, Uma Padmanabhan and others
Director: M Rajesh
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Editing: Vivek Harshan
Released on: 13-04-12