Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavanigalum Review

by Sai Shyam G


Director Chimbu Devan has always come up with films that are satirical as well as entertaining. ‘Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavanigalum’ is an interesting film that tries to show how even one minute can change a person’s life completely. The movie did not have great expectations on it, which is quite surprising, but the low expectations on the film have made the film work with the audience better.

Plot


The movie starts off in heaven when Lord Shiva decides to prove how the fate of a person can change even in a minute’s difference. He chooses Tamil (Arulnithi) for his experiment, who wants to kidnap his lover Isabellah (Ashrita), as Isabellah is about to be married forcefully to another person. Malar (Bindu Madhavi) and Isakki (Bhagavathi Perumal) are also with Tamil, as Tamil would get Rs 30 lakh from the business rival of Isabellah’s father if they accomplish this task. Interestingly, three different stories are narrated based on the time when the story starts, each set 1 minute apart.

Performances


After Mouna Guru, this is Arulnithi’s best performance till date. He breezes through the film with his grounded performance and he has shown good variations in the 3 plots, particularly during the tea shop scenes.  Bindu Madhavi gives good support to Arunithi and her tomboyish hairstyle suits her character, who is always on the run. Kudos to the director for taking care of minute things like this!

Bagavathi Perumal of ‘Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom’ fame cracks a joke even at most difficult situations. Most of them are harmless and funny enough for you to giggle. Ashrita has more of an extended cameo role and she scores in the few scenes with Arulnithi.

Technicalities


Natarajan Sekar’s background score is passable, while the song in the second half looks cinematic. SR Kathir’s camera work is functional and with limited locations and repetitive visuals, he has done his best in terms of keeping the visuals slick. For a movie like this, editor plays a very important role, as the visuals are time bound. Sharp cuts would have been the need for this screenplay to work and Raja Mohammed has done a fabulous job, barring the last story, which looks little contrived. Had the movie been about 2 hours of running time, it could have turned out to be even more engaging.

Direction – Chimbu Devan


If you have an eye for detailing in films, this film will surely impress you. For showing three plots that are set apart just one minute from each other, Chimbu Devan has done a tremendous job in differentiating the plots. A water melon seller is shown taking watermelons to cut in the first plot, she had cut few watermelons in the second, while her display is almost full in the third. Even the ants play a vital part in differentiating the one minute difference between the plots.

The first story is a sheer delight to watch for everyone, as suspense keeps on building throughout. The second plot helps the audience to appreciate the little nuances from the director like mentioned above. However, the third one looks more cliched as one could predict the climax. The movie may not work for everyone, who cannot appreciate tiny things in film-making.