Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Gautham Karthik, Niharika, Ramesh Thilak
Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren (ONNPS) is a comedic attempt by debutant director Arumugakumar. The script and basic elements are all solid, but the outcome is mediocre to what one would have initially imagined it to be.
Yaman (Vijay Sethupathi) is a tribal leader from Yamasingapuram and a thieving clan who comes to the city to kidnap the girl whom he is determined to marry. The girl is Abhayalakshmi, the daughter of a couple who have moved away from the clan and settled down in the city and leads a modern life. Now going by the name of Sowmiya (Niharika Konidela,) she has different plans in her romantic life and has a crush on her classmate Harish (Gautham Karthik) and the latter hangs around with his friend Satish (Danie Anne Pope). Meanwhile, Yaman and his buddies Purushothaman (Ramesh Thilak) and Narasimhan (Rajkumar) get tangled up with these college blokes and all plans they had go out the window.
This is the premise of ONNPS. It tried to achieve a situational comedy where unexpected events meet in a hilarious manner. But in the execution the director errs, as the cast of characters is very predictable in the mannerisms and behaviors. Vijay Sethupathi appears in multiple looks and tries to impress as usual with his cool dialogue delivery. To some extent, he even tries to save the film from getting monotonous. Gautham Karthik apes his dad veteran Karthik in his sprightly act and specific way of mouthing dialogues. There’s even a scene when Vijay asks Gautham to get rid of his idea that he is Mouna Ragam Karthik. However, Gautham’s antics are enjoyable. Niharika looks cute and fits the bill while Gayathri has nothing much to do. Danie Anne Pope is annoying with his non-stop ranting. The problem with the film is that the story never moves forward beyond a level and goes on and on. Justin Prabhakaran’s music is above average. Had the director concentrated on infusing few potential comic elements, it would have made all the difference!