Oh Kadhal Kanmani sees Maniratnam returning to romance genre which was one of his best. As usual went in with a lot of expectations and he did manage to satisfy.
Movie doesn't have any big story, it's a very simple plot. Boy meets girl, decides to live together for few months until he goes to US and she goes to Paris, but eventually they fell in love.
Kanmani Nithya as Tara is so so so beautiful. Her eyes and expression everything was fantastic and made me go WoW. And, Dulquer as Adhi was equally good and they share a good chemistry. Also, there's is another lovely pair in the movie Prakashraj as Ganapathy and Leela Samson as Bhavani. Leela Samson suffering from Alzheimer's and Ganapathy taking care of her was wonderfully done and excellent performance from both of them. And, good to see Prakashraj in this kind of character after some time. The last time I saw him in a cinema was in Temper as yet another AliBhai.
Movie’s biggest strength is PC Sriram’s cinematography. He is at his usual best and each and every frame was colorful and pleasing. So many shots makes you go “Ada.. Super la” which I felt missing in I. Maniratnam and PC once again proves they are a classic combo. And, as usual ARR at his best for Maniratnam which was not surprising. And, the BGM’s were as good as each frame in the movie. And as usual Maniratnam not using all the songs fully, but he did use Mental Manadhil and Sinamika beautifully. I missed Nane Varugiren and also Malargal Keten.
And while watching Theera Ulaa song where Dulquer speaks to Nithya inside a noisy pub I felt like this whole movie was an extension of Sid-Trisha pair’s sequence from Aayudha Eluthu.
Editing was crisp and never felt drag at any point of the movie. Both first and second half were equally crisp. I felt like the movie got over very soon before I realize what and all happened. And, most of the scenes makes you smile.
Dialogues were as usual short and sweet, Kalyanam? Kalyanam, Pakka? Pakka. 100%? 100%. Ok? Ok. And, a proposal scene as usual in Mani’s style.
Maniratnam is back with a simple, straight forward romance movie without any complexity, which was predictable as well. He didn't prepare any grand dish he serves a simple yet delicious dish. And, it reminded me of Friends With Benefits movie because of the basic plot and a character with Alzheimer's or maybe because I watched it very recently.
Overall an out and out romance movie in Tamil after a while which is worth watching in theaters. Definitely makes you fall in love, especially with Kanmani. Maniratnam, PC, Vairamuthu and ARR, these guys are still young and makes us feel young too.