Director: R. Kannan
Cast: Vemal, Soori, Priya Anand, Vishaka Singh
Mumbai: Oru Oorla Rendu Raja is a movie that aims to highlight the plight of factory labourers involved in fighting for a social cause. Directed by R. Kannan, the film fails to impress because of a lacklustre script and screenplay.
The movie traces the journey of two blokes, Azagu (Vemal) and Mike (Soori) travelling from Tuticorin to Chennai. On this train they meet a medical student, Priya (Priya Anand.)
A self-righteous woman, she has an instinct to help those in trouble. During her journey in the train, she helps a woman give birth to a child, safely.
Priya is also on a mission to attend a court case involving the owners of a factory that was mistreating its labourers. Her determination to meet out justice also unleashes dark forces, and a knife wielding man attacks her on the train.
Azagu recues her, but it is now clear that they are dark waters. Whether she can arrive safely in court or not to bring the proceedings to its logical conclusion forms the rest of the narrative.
Vemal has got a makeover but has limited scope. Soori eases in to his role and rides along with comfort to some extent. But his comedy at times falls flat. Priya Anand moves about with ease, be it the stressful occasions or during more light-hearted comedy and romance.
Other aspects such as Muthaiah’s cinematography capture the rural-urban mix with quite the charm. Perhaps, Immam's music and background could have used with a bit of culling, as a lot of it seemed superfluous at several times during the film.
On the whole, OORR portrays a cause worth fighting for, but it lacks that knack which good teachers have, which is to teach uninteresting concepts in an exciting manner. It can be enjoyed only in parts.