Director: Kaali Rangasamy
Cast: Dinesh, Manisha Yadav, Aadhira, Sujo Mathew, George
National award-winning choreographer Dinesh has donned the greasepaint and debuts with the film Oru Kuppai Kathai. He has aptly chosen a script to suit his stature and strength, which has a relevant message as well. ‘To err is human and to forgive divine’ is the concept with which the script is built.
Kumar (Dinesh) works with the Corporation of Chennai as a garbage clearance worker. He leads a simple and happy life with his mom (Aadhira) at the slums. Because of the nature of the job he does, Kumar’s mother finds it difficult to get a life partner for him. Finally, he meets Poongodi (Manisha Yadav) from Vaalpaarai and their marriage is fixed, although Kumar reveals to the former’s parents that he is a garbage collector. But they hide the truth and conduct the wedding. Poongodi is clueless about Kumar’s job. When she comes to know of it, she is highly disappointed and distances herself from him.
A frustrated Poongodi decides to return home, but her parents pacify her to live with Kumar. In order to satisfy his wife, Kumar shifts his house from slums to an apartment and resolves to move over to a different profession. But things take a drastic turn when Poongodi - who finds solace in her neighbor Arjun’s (Sujo Mathew) company - elopes with him along with her newborn.
Whether joy or sadness, Dinesh, who has been aptly chosen, expresses them effortlessly through his body language, with his dancing prowess coming in handy. Kudos to Manisha for accepting a bold role with negative shades, which any other heroine would have turned down. She shines every bit in the given role and scores in emotional scenes. Yogi Babu, in a limited screen space, utilizes it well. Aadhira, George as Manisha’s dad and Kasthuri Paatti as an alcoholic from the slums lend their great support.
Director Kaali Rangasamy has chosen a script inspired by a true-life incident, and he has largely succeeded in narrating it with a realistic approach. Some of his dialogues are hard-hitting and warrants mention. Cinematographer Mahesh Muthusamy’s visuals capture the realistic mood of the slums and elevate the film to the next level. Composer Joshua Sridhar, who is back in form, has done a creditable job. While the first half moves interestingly, post-interval the film suffers from clichés and drags unnecessarily with a predictable ending. Nevertheless, an honest attempt that is worth a watch!